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Our Staff


Ted Bearden, President
Email: ted@beardenfuneralhome.com

Ted started his funeral career in 1970  at this same firm.  After graduating from Gupton Jones College, he spent over 15 years in funeral service with the largest funeral home in Atlanta.  He also serves as Dawson County's Coroner.  He has served as president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, the Georgia Coroner's Association where he was awarded Coroner of the Year in Georgia in 2010, and the Dawson County Rotary Club.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Community Bank and previously served on the Dawson County Board of Health.  Ted is a member of the Dawson County Art's Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, Academy of Graduate Embalmers, Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Dawson County Emergency Services for his contribution to the development of the program.  He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he has held several positions.  Having played music most of  his life, he is a founding member of the acoustic group, Little Mountain.  Ted and his wife Lisa have two sons, James and Wesley.

James Bearden, Vice President
Email: james@beardenfuneralhome.com

James grew up alongside his father in funeral service.  An honor graduate of Dawson County High School and Ogeechee School of Funeral Service in Statesboro, GA, he earned his funeral service licenses in 2008.  He is a member of many funeral associations and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers.  In 2010 James established Dawsonville Monuments to meet the cemetery needs in the area.  James is a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Wesley Bearden

Wesley grew up in funeral service with both his father and brother to serve as mentors.  An honor graduate of Dawson County High School, he is currently serving his apprenticeship and is enrolled in the Funeral Service program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA where he will finish in the fall of 2014.  Wesley is a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Catherine Manier

Catherine's father originally established the funeral home in 1965 and she has worked many years in the firm.  When Mr. Bearden purchased the funeral home she was promoted to Office Manager where her many valuable skills and insight serves the firm and community as well.

Lanier Swafford

Lanier is a lifelong resident of Dawson County and joined the funeral home in 1984.  He is a graduate of Dawson County High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.  In addition to being a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, he also serves as the Chief of Emergency Services for Dawson County and as a Deputy Coroner.  Lanier is a deacon of Bethel Baptist Church and is a member of Etowah Lodge #222 F & AM.  He and his wife Amy have two sons, Brendan and Bailey.

Charles Townsend

Charles grew up in funeral service in Gainesville, Georgia and has been serving families for over 50 years.  He spent 40 years in funeral service in Hall County and joined our staff in 2000.  He is a member of the First Methodist Church in Gainesville.  He and his wife Phyllis have three children.

Rodney Castleberry

A native of Forsyth County, Rodney moved to Dawsonville in 2008.  He joined our staff in 2009.  Rodney is a member of Bethel Baptist Church and Chestatee Lodge #102 F & AM.  He and his wife Jessica have two daughters, Maddie and Emma Kate.

James Swafford

A lifelong resident of Dawson County, James joined our staff after retiring from the U.S. Government.  James currently serves as a Dawson County Commissioner, is a deacon of Bethel Baptist Church and a member of Etowah Lodge #222 F &AM.  He is a Vietnam veteran and he and his wife Jane have two sons, Lanier and Jason.

Kenny Williamson

A native of Gwinnett County, Kenny has lived in Forsyth County since 2000.  He joined our staff in 1995.  An extremely talented musician, he also has a full-time ministry.  Kenny and his wife Anita have two sons.

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