Dr. Cleveland died at his home Tuesday, May 13, 2014, after an extended illness.
Born April 20, 1942, in Habersham County, he was the son of Louella Trotter Cleveland of Clarkesville and the late Kenneth Lanier Cleveland.
He attended Mercer University, the University of Georgia, and was the first honor graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical Units College of Dentistry. He served in the United States Job Corp and the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division Dental Corp. He served in Vietnam from 1969-70. He began his practice of general dentistry in Toccoa in December 1970, and continued his practice until his retirement in 2004. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the Eastern District Dental Society. He was a member of Toccoa First Baptist Church and a past member of the Toccoa Elks Lodge and VFW Post 4346 in Toccoa. He was also a member of the Toccoa Hunting Club.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Chandler Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, David Chandler Cleveland and Cynthia of Toccoa; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda Cleveland Carter and Danny of Montgomery, Ala.; grandchildren, Sabin Clark, Lori Elizabeth Snelling, both of Toccoa, and Michael Riley Carter of Montgomery, Ala.; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Cleveland of Greer, S.C., Tommy and Nancy Cleveland of Jackson, Miss., Chris Cleveland of Clarkesville, Bill and Vickie Cleveland of Clarkesville; sister Mary Cleveland Morris of Buford; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to recognize with gratitude those who served as caregivers: Judy Mayer, Candice Rumsey, Sherry Sanders, Kristen Wagstaff, the staff of Home Instead Senior Care and Amedisys Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Toccoa First Baptist Church, 475 East Tugaloo St., Toccoa, GA 30577.
Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, May 21, 2014