Bernice Harben

Bernice J. Harben

Saturday, November 14th, 1931 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Bernice J. Harben, 87, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday April 18, 2019 at Lanier Place in Cumming following a period of declining health.
Born November 14, 1931 to the late J. Silvey, Sr. and Flara Harben, she lived most of her life in Dawsonville. Born and raised in Dawson County, Bernice was a graduate of Dawson County High School and North Georgia College. She taught High School for the Jackson County and Gwinnett County School Systems for 32 years until her retirement. Following her retirement she worked at the Dawson County Board of Elections and loved to travel the country with her sister. Bernice was an avid sports fan her entire life, was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, and was also preceded in death by her sister, Frances H. Thurmond; brother, John S. Harben, Jr.; and a nephew, Russell A. Harben.
Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Lisa T. Lee, Utah, John Silvey Harben, III, Canton, Vance and Barbie Thurmond, Dawsonville, Kathryn Harben and James Wiley, Decatur, Lori Gore, Cumming; sister in law, Myrtle L. Harben, Cumming; and a number of great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 2 o’clock at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Rev. Stan Lovell will officiate. Interment will follow in Dawsonville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity.
Condolences may be expressed at
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bearden Funeral Home
    334 Hwy. 53 East
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Bearden Funeral Home
    334 Hwy. 53 East
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Dawsonville
    900 Hwy. 9 North
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  • Interment

    Dawsonville Memorial Gardens
    170 Academy Ave.
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Pamela F.

Posted at 11:45am
Dear Family
Please accept my condolences regarding the passing of your loved one. May God’s words comfort you at Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:4.

Jerri McNeal Dunaway

Posted at 04:48pm
I am so very sad to hear of Miss Harben’s passing. She was not only my very special teacher in high school, but became a very dear friend after graduation. She was thrilled that I went to North Georgia College, her own Alma Mater, and sent me letters & care packages while I was there. She was special to my whole family, & visited my parents on numerous occasions. She loved her Georgia Bulldogs and had many lively “discussions” with my husband, A Tech fan. He grew to love her as well. I visited her several times at Lanier and even though she didn’t know me, we had great talks about times at Jackson County High School, her beloved Dawsonville, her dearly loved parents and her family. I know she touched the lives of many of her students.......she certainly impacted mine in a very positive way. May God rest her soul.


Posted at 07:26pm
Ms. Harben was a wonderful person & teacher. I loved her & she had a very positive influence in my life.

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