OBITUARY

Beverly Franklin Dolan Sr.

November 9, 1927February 21, 2018

Beverly (Bev) Franklin Dolan, 90, died on February 21, 2018. Bev was born in Augusta, Georgia, on November 9, 1927, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Dolan. He attended William Robinson Elementary School and graduated from the Academy of Richmond County. He then served a year in the Merchant Marines. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he served two years in the United States Army. One year into his military service, he married Ada Alice Parramore from Valdosta, Georgia. In June 1954, Bev and his brother, William (Billy) Arthur Dolan, Jr., founded the E-Z-Go Golf Car Corporation, which became the leader in the golf car industry. His long and successful association with Textron began when E-Z-Go was acquired in 1960. During his career, Bev was president of E-Z-Go, Polaris, Homelite, and also became President, CEO and Chairman of Textron. Under his leadership, Textron purchased Excello, Avco, and Cessna, among other acquisitions, increasing Textron’s sales ten-fold in approximately five years. Bev served on the Board of Directors for First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo), Factory Mutual Insurance Company, New York Stock Exchange, Ruddick Corporation, Polaris Industries and Florida Power and Light. Family members, in addition to his wife, include children: Beverly Franklin (Frank) Dolan, Jr., (married to Cathy) and William (Will) Cleckley Dolan (married to Nelia). Grandchildren include: Beverly Franklin (Franklin) Dolan, III, William Christian (Christian) Dolan, Ada Alice (Her Majesty) Dolan, William Cleckley (Wilkes) Dolan, Jr., and Ellison Elizabeth Dolan. Bev loved life and tried to fully enjoy each day. He loved Ada Alice and was quick to give her praise. He loved his sons Frank and William and their wives, Cathy and Nelia. The grandchildren were a delight to him. He enjoyed his community of friends at Quail Hollow, Charlotte, NC; Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Florida; and Esseola Lodge in Linville, North Carolina. Bev enjoyed outdoor activities with his friends and family. He was a “people person” and a champion for the underdog. He was a benefactor of Hale House of Augusta as well as for a number of individuals, with little or no fanfare. Rev. Dan McCall and Rev. Dick Thompson of Lost Tree Village, Florida, will conduct graveside funeral services in Westover Memorial Park, 2601 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive guests immediately following the service at 808 Milledge Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904.In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions be made to the Hale Foundation at 402 Walker Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.

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Fran-Arilotta Faulkner

February 27, 2018

Franklin and Family, So sorry for your loss, but I'm sure your father lived a life to celebrate. I grew up next door to Ada Alice and Bev on Martin Lane and used to babysit Franklin. Your Mom took me on my first ride in a golf cart. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Gary Piscione

February 27, 2018

Very sorry to hear of Bev Dolan's passing. Worked for Bev when he was at Textron's Corporate Office in Providence. Always found him to kind and fair leader. A true gentleman. It was a privilege to have known him, and to have worked for him.

February 26, 2018

We have heard the terribly sad news. On behalf of my father and I we would like to pass our condolences to Frank and your family at this time.
I can only imagine how hard it must be for you with the passing of such a wonderful man that I only heard wonderful stories about. Many wonderful stories.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

With love from New Zealand,

Pete, Dick and the Talyancich Family.

February 26, 2018

DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS.LOSING A LOVE ONE IN DEATH IS NEVER EASY. ONE DAY MANY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AGAIN. MAY THE HOPE OF EVERLASTING LIFE SUSTAIN AND COMFORT YOU DURING THIS SAD AND DIFFICULT TIME. JOHN 17:3

Emmaly Dawson

February 26, 2018

My thoughts and Prayers for the Dolan Family at this time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Hold your memories in your heart always. Rest in peace Mr. Dolan.

Steven Hodge

February 26, 2018

As a business icon, Mr.Dolan's strong leadership, spirit, character, sincerity, and memorably folksy charisma, secured innumerable wonderful impressions with all who were privileged to have known and worked with him.

Elizabeth Kooloian

February 26, 2018

Dear Wil and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting him, he leaves such a wonderful legacy to you and your brother.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Take Care,
Lil

Kim Kooloian

February 26, 2018

Dear Will and Family,
So very sorry to hear the passing of your Father. Lucky to have met him and visit your parents' home...full of warmth and color. My thoughts are with your family, particularly your mother during this time.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home

February 26, 2018

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

February 25, 2018

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:1, 2) sustain your family during this challenging time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.