Robert Minton Lord, age 97, of Dudley, passed away from COVID pneumonia on January 8, 2021, at Fairview Park Hospital after a brief stay.
R. Minton Lord was born in Laurens County, Georgia, on May 22, 1923, the son of Robert Minton Lord, Sr. and Dollie Victoria Nobles Lord. He was one of 18 children, 17 of whom grew to adulthood on the Lord Family Farm. The western Laurens County farm was first settled by his grandfather, John Ephraim Lord, in 1884, and was recognized as a Georgia Centennial Farm in 2002.
Mr. Lord attended Buckhorn School near Dexter and then graduated in 1940 from Dudley High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. At the age of 17 when his father died, he began running the part of the farm left to his mother, a few of his siblings, and himself. He gradually acquired more of the land and was a lifelong farmer until retirement, advancing from plowing crops with mules to driving a tractor. He also raised livestock for many years. He continued to plant and harvest a garden every year with many people being recipients of his fresh vegetables. He still oversaw the management of his pine trees and continued to gather nuts from his pecan trees until a few days before becoming ill. His hobbies were working (but not on Sunday); talking; visiting and hosting visitors; and reading, especially history, farm magazines, and the daily newspaper front to back.
For many years, Mr. Lord was co-owner and co-operator of Lord’s Quality Country Meats, a pork meatpacking company on Rocky Creek near Dudley.
Always a civic-minded man, he was a member of the Laurens County Farm Bureau. He served on the board of directors and as secretary of the Laurens County Hospital Authority during the ’70s and ’80s until the hospital sold to Hospital Corporation of America. He was a director of Progressive Rural Telephone Cooperative in Rentz from 1958 – 1966. He was a co-founder, served on the board, and served as president of Laurens Farm Service Center in Dudley. Many years ago, he was a member of the Dexter Lions Club. He also formerly served as a member of the Laurens Co. Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mr. Lord was a faithful, active member of Trail Branch Primitive Baptist Church near Cochran.
Mr. Lord was married to Mildred Bryant, formerly of Bleckley Co., on January 9, 1948. The couple was a day away from celebrating their 73rd anniversary.
Mr. Lord is survived by his wife; daughter Gwendolyn Lord White (Steve) of Oxford, GA; grandson Chad White (Claudia) of Douglas, GA.; grandson Rhett White (Melissa) of Mableton, GA; four great-grandchildren: Robert Brian White, Charlotte Lydia White, Virginia Aracely White, and Isabella Elaine White; daughter-in-law Lurue Laircy Lord of Statesboro; sister Jeanette Lord Fulford of Dublin; brothers-in-law Joe Bryant Jr.(Donna) and Houston Bryant of Cochran; sister-in-law Melvis Bryant Edenfield of Savannah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Dr. Robert Whitman Lord of Statesboro.
Mr. Lord was a practical, dedicated family man who mentored many. A true southern gentleman with a winning smile, he was a fun-loving person who liked to joke and delighted others with life tales. He was both patient and playful with children who adored him and loved to follow him around on the farm.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, at 2:00, at Trail Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, 1926 GA Hwy 26, Cochran, GA. Officiants will be Elder Sam Bryant, Elder Stephen Dyar, and Elder Ricky Harcrow. Pallbearers include Chad White, Rhett White, Gary Lord, Jeff Bacon, Cody Lord, and Blaine Lord. Contributions may be made in Mr. Lord’s memory to Trail Branch Primitive Baptist Church and addressed to Mr. Marvin Howard, 1997 Rebie Road, Dudley, GA 31022.
Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin, GA, has charge of arrangements and respectfully ask all in attendance to follow social distancing guidelines.
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