This is the obituary notice of a remarkable man. He was a good friend of mine, and I had lunch with him at the hospital the week before his death. His friends and his church will sorely miss him.
Funeral services for Rev. Dale Fincher of Tignall were held Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in the Tignall Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Standard, Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr., and Rev. Kevin Hanel officiating. Interment was in the Tignall Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Fincher died Saturday, June 13, en route home with his youth group from a mission trip to Charleston, S.C.
Rev. Fincher was a native of Floyd County and was the son of Ernestine Arnold Fincher and the late Curtis Fincher. He had served as pastor of the Tignall Baptist Church for the past 13 years and had previously served as pastor of Mt. Alto Baptist Church, Rome, Mt. Pisgah Baptist, Kibbee, and Pisgah Baptist, Rome. He was involved in ministry at the Penfield Christian Home in Penfield, the Georgia Pre-Release Center in Washington, and the Wilkes County Jail. He was a Wilkes County School Bus driver and had also served as Chaplain for the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Kay Edwards Fincher of Tignall; a son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Lacey Fincher, Tignall; a daughter, Julie Fincher, Tignall; a granddaughter, Jade Fincher, Tignall; his mother, Ernestine Arnold Fincher, Rome; three brothers, Gary Fincher, Larry Fincher, and Darrell Fincher, all of Rome; a sister, Felicia Salmon, Marietta; and mother-inlaw, Janette Edwards, Rome.
Pallbearers included Josh Fincher, Ronnie Futch, Bud Harrison, Homer Rivers, Chesley Hilton, and Mike Sisson. Deacons of the Tignall Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, June 20, at Dykes Creek Baptist Church, 46 Dykes Creek Church Rd., N.E., Rome, at 2:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Penfield Christian Home, 1061 Mercer Circle, Union Point, Ga. 30669-2205.
Hopkins Funeral Home of Washington is in charge of arrangements.