OBITUARY

Harry Bexley

November 20, 1922October 8, 2019
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Harry Bexley, born November 20, 1922, at the Bexton Homestead in Moreland, Georgia, passed away on October 8, 2019, surrounded by his extended family. He was educated in the Coweta County Schools, and grew up in a share-cropping family during the Great Depression. Harry served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in the European Theatre during W.W. II, landing on the beach at Normandy just seven days after D-Day. Following his military service, Harry entered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 613 Apprenticeship Program in Atlanta in 1945, while also attending Woodrow Wilson School of Law on the G.I. Bill in the evenings. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1948, received his Masters’ Degree in Labor Law in 1950, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1957. After serving as their legal council, Harry was appointed and continually re-elected as Business Manager of Local Union 613 for 33 years, and elected to serve on the International Executive Council of I.B.E.W. in the late 1960’s, representing the Southeastern United States and the Panama Canal Zone for 21 years. He served as President of the Georgia State Electrical Workers Association, the S.E. Building Trades Association, and Vice-President of the Atlanta Labor Council and Georgia State AFL-CIO. Throughout his accomplished career, Harry was appointed by Governors of Georgia to serve on various state committees including Safety, Tax Study, Elections, Worker’s Compensation, and the Judicial Constitution Committee. He was also a member of the Pythagoras Masonic Lodge No.41 in Atlanta. He remained actively involved in the Labor Movement and continued to let his voice be heard in political affairs affecting Georgia’s working people throughout his life. He was of council with the law firms of Wall & Noonan, and later, Bexley & Osofsky. In 2007, he was interviewed as part of Georgia State University’s Southern Labor Archives, with recording and transcript available ONLINE. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Harriett, with whom he traveled the world and loved dearly; his three children, Sandra (Lonnie) Plott, Stan (Susan), and Ken (Charlotte); grandchildren Marla Bexley-Lovell, Robert Bexley, Alan Bexley, Lauren Bexley, and great-grandson Brendan Harrison Bexley Brown. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, and grandson Phillip Lovell. The family will receive visitors on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at Floral Hills Funeral Home in Tucker, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11th, with a reception immediately following burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kids' Chance of Georgia, Inc. , a scholarship fund for the children of Georgia's injured workers or Briarlake Baptist Church.

  • FAMILY

  • Harriett Bexley, Wife
  • Sandra (Lonnie) Plott, Daughter
  • Stan (Susan) Bexley, Son
  • Ken (Charlotte) Bexley, Son
  • Marla Bexley-Lovell, Granddaughter
  • Robert Bexley, Grandson
  • Alan Bexley, Grandson
  • Lauren Bexley, Granddaughter
  • Brendan Harrison Bexley Brown, Great Grandson

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Reception at Funeral Home, to Follow Graveside

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Thomas Gregory

October 11, 2019

Our prayers for the Harry Bexley family. We know you are proud of Harry whose life's work as a voice and advocate for the working person made our careers and now retirement a rewarding experience. "Honor Labor!" Thomas & Shirley Gregory

Don Crowe

October 10, 2019

Mr. Harry Bexley was business mgr. of IBEW Local 613 when I started work as a helper out of high school!
His goal was always to do what was best for all who worked in the electrical industry!
Mr. Bexley was always respected during my 47 years as a member of IBEW Local 613.
Family and friends rest assured Harry Bexley gave 110 percent to everything he undertook!
May God bless you all!

Joe Longdin

October 10, 2019

I’m a second generation electrician. When I joined the union Harry came up and asked if I wanted him to stand with me when I was sworn in. He knew my dad was in Alaska working on the oil line and he stood in my dads place. Great Man God Bless him.

Jim Bridwell

October 10, 2019

I am a member of 613, my dad was a member of 613. Harry and my dad(Buck) goes back along way. Many years in the labor movement. I know Harry loved the local and the local loved him.
Prayers and comfort for the family in the name of Jesus I pray.
Will be missed but not forgotten
Godspeed

Debra Scott

October 10, 2019

He was truly a great man and an inspiring light to his family. He left the world a better place for working men and women. We should all aspire for such a life well-lived. RIP, DKS and TRP

IBEW Local 613

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Howard Osofsky

October 10, 2019

To the Bexley Family
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the passing of Harry Bexley on October 8, 2019. I had the honor of meeting Harry in 1980 and often enjoyed his wisdom, insights, sense of humor and "Southern Hospitality" over the years. Mere words are inadequate to describe Harry: loving family man, iconic labor leader and visionary ..... all with a warm and even - tempered style. Anyone that ever met Harry, even for a few minutes, will never forget him. Harry leaves a legacy few men can match. Rest in Peace.

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