2 Young Area Men Die In Drowning Accidents

Friday, April 19, 2013
Frank Fetzer III
Frank Fetzer III

Two young area men have died in separate drowning accidents.

Frank Bentley Fetzer, 27,1173 Holly Grove Circle, Dalton, died in a kayaking accident at Prater's Mill on Thursday evening.

The Dalton Daily Citizen reported that his girlfriend was watching as he went over a waterfall and went under after losing control of the kayak. She summoned help using her cellphone.

He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Caitlyn Marie Fetzer of Cohutta; parents, Kaye and Frank Fetzer, Jr. of Dalton; sister, Mary Caitlin Fetzer of Rocky Face; paternal grandparents, Frank, Sr.

and Frances Fetzer of Dalton; maternal grandmother, Thelma Smith of Dalton; aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Mullis officiating. Burial will be in United Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home Saturday from 4-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church for the benefit of the Boy Scouts of America, 2701 Cleveland Rd. Dalton, GA 30721.

Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel, Dalton is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Also, Michael Clayton "Clay" Worthington, 20, of Pikeville, died as a result of drowning on Wednesday.

He was a member of the Midway Church of Christ and was employed by the state of Tennessee, Department of the Corrections, as a corrections officer. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather; Arlis Clay Worthington; and grandmother; Betty Laverne Gentry.

He is survived by his parents, Bobby and Karen Worthington; brothers, Arlis James (A.J.) and Ray Worthington; grandmother; Iris June Worthington; grandfather; James Harold Gentry, Sr.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The funeral was in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home on Saturday morning with Minister Jason Smiddie officiating. Burial was in the Worthington Cemetery.






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