ROYSTON – Dick Detter, 83, died Friday, November 27, 2009, at his residence.
Born in Royston on August 8, 1926, he was the son of the late Dewey and Berta Lee Anderson Detter. He attended Royston High School and in 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific Theater. He was a charter member of the Harrison McCreary VFW Post #4828.
He began working in the plumbing trade in 1948 and founded Detter Plumbing in 1972. Two of his sons went into business with him and they continued to work together until he retired. He always treated his customers with respect and gave good and honest service.
He was an exceptional husband and father and was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him. His service to all he worked for went above and beyond what was expected of him. He was a man who loved life and he always had time for a talk or a laugh or a loan if he had it. He was a humble man of the highest moral character and he enjoyed giving anonymously to those who were in need.
Survivors include his wife since 1952, Helen Knight Detter, Royston; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and James DeCouto, Hartwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Darryl and Gail Detter, Bowman, Wade and Kelly Detter, Danielsville, and Tracy and Susan Detter, Hartwell; grandchildren, Joshua Martin, Melissa Detter, Logan Detter, Lakan Detter, Jannah Detter, and Jason Detter; step-granddaughter, Meagan Schaefer, Denver, Colo.; former daughter-in-law, Kathy Detter; former son-in-law, Ronald Martin; special friends and caregivers, Pat Morris and Joe Tate.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 29, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with Bruce Gore officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston. The body is at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 28. The family is at home.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.