Lawrence Denney Bledsoe

June 9, 1939April 12, 2019

Mr. Lawrence Denney Bledsoe, age 79, of Douglasville, GA went to be with The Lord Friday, April 12, 2019. He was born June 9, 1939 in Atlanta, GA. Denney was in the fire service industry for 40 years. He began as a Fire Fighter and started teaching classes on arson and fire investigation at Georgia Safety Training Center. Prior to the 1996 Olympics, he was a Fire Marshal at Georgia Tech where he later retired and began working for the City of Douglasville as an inspector. Denney was an Ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church and was a member of Rockmart Presbyterian Church. He was also part of the Masonic Lodge for Douglasville and the Shriner’s of Atlanta.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Martha Gay and James Troy Bledsoe. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 and a half years, Sherry Bledsoe; his daughters, Deborah Nerbonne (Joe), Tracy Wise (Jeff), Rebekah Bledsoe (Dorothy), and Sherry Vaughn (Garland); two brothers, Troy A. Bledsoe (Betty) and Lee Bledsoe (Debbie); 11 Grandsons, 2 Great-Grandsons, and numerous other loved ones.

A memorial service will be held at Rockmart Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 AM with MaryEllen Hittell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (ACS), P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123,, or the Rockmart Presbyterian Church.

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Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


27 April

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Rockmart Presbyterian Church

306 S Marble St
Rockmart, GA 30153


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Ed Anderson

April 17, 2019

I met Denney in 1972. He was one of the finest Radio Operators the City of East Point was lucky enough to have as an employee. The last time I saw him was at the PSTC in Forsyth,Ga. where he landed as an instructor in the fire service. He always kept it interesting on the morning watch (12am-8am) as our police dispatcher back in the day. Rest in Peace.
Lt.Ed Anderson EPPD(ret)

Wayne Tumlin

April 17, 2019

I met Denney in 1970 at Daylite Masonic Lodge where we quickly became friends. Over the years we worked fund raisers together and always enjoyed each others company. Denney had a most prized quality about him, integrity. You could always depend on him to do the right thing and he always treated others with respect. He loved his family because he always talked about one or more of them whenever we talked. RIP

Wayne Tumlin----Daylite Lodge # 125 F&AM

Melody Hair

April 16, 2019

Denney always reminded me so much of Uncle Troy. Always a big tease, but with an easy smile and laugh. He will be so missed. Rest in peace sweet cousin. I will always love you.

David Shannonhouse

April 16, 2019

Denny was my friend. We became friends when he came to work at the Georgia Fire Academy. I learned a lot from Denny. Don Ethridge, Denny Bledsoe and I were assigned to GFA Station #2 for our offices when new staff was brought on. We called it the Briar Patch! We were the Briar Patch kids! Being isolated has it's advantages! I took over the Arson programs for Denny when he was let go, which is another story. We remained close and I am blessed for knowing him. Prayers for his family. He was a good man and a good friend.