Dorothy  Byrd

Dorothy Ila "Dot" Byrd

Tuesday, November 14th, 1933 - Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Dorothy Ila "Dot" Byrd passed away peacefully May 28, 2020. Dot was born November 14, 1933 to parents Jim and Beulah Etris Byrd. She was a lifelong resident of Ball Ground. She attended Cherokee County schools, and spoke proudly of playing basketball for the undefeated Ball Ground team. She also loved to travel and was always ready for a new adventure. Dot was not afraid of hard work. At a time when female owned businesses were not common, she opened Dot's Restaurant, which she operated in downtown Ball Ground for 49 years. The restaurant became the social hub of Ball Ground. There Dot served up hot meals and local news in fairly equal proportions.

Dot was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Edward Byrd and Alvin Byrd. She is survived by a brother James Byrd of Powder Springs, ten nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Visitation will be at the South Canton Funeral Home on Saturday, May 30, from 5-9 PM. The funeral service will be Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home, with her great-nephew, Rev. Graham Arp, officiating. Following the service she will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery in her beloved hometown of Ball Ground.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    South Canton Funeral Home
    3147 Marietta Hwy.
    Canton, GA 30114
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, May 31st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, May 31st, 2020 2:00pm
    Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home
    3147 Marietta Hwy
    Canton, GA 30114
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Graham Arp
  • Interment

    Ball Ground City Cemetery
    Ball Ground, GA


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Steven Byrd

Posted at 07:29pm
Dot was a very independent woman with a heart the size of her personality. She loved her restaurant and enjoyed cooking. Dot loved Ball Ground. She outlasted restaurant after restaurant. When my dad had his third stroke, Dot would come over every night to talk to him. She always loved to tell stories and just talk to anyone who would come into her restaurant. She was a great aunt and a wonderful ambassador to Ball Ground. I love you, Dotty. Dementia no longer has control. Go rest high on that mountain. I’ll see you there again one day soon.

Eric Ledford

Posted at 08:38pm
I will never forget the stories my Grandmother Betty Green told me of how good a friend Dot was to her. I’m saddened to hear of her passing and my prayers are with the family.

Jo Anne Medlin

Posted at 10:42am
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my dearest friend Dot. We grew up as children and spent many teenage years together. My fondest memories of Dot is that she loved everyone and was so willing to put her life on hold to care for one of her friends who needed help. Dot may you Rest In Peace. You will remain in my heart ❤️ until we meet again on Heaven’s beautiful shore. Jo Anne Medlin

Annette Ledford

Posted at 08:01am
We were very saddened to learn of Dot’s passing. She was a dear, devoted friend to our mother, Betty Green.

Mark McHan

Posted at 09:30pm
Dot was as sweet a lady as ever lived in Ball Ground, and that is saying a lot. Her kindness to others, world class homestyle cooking and knowing who/what/when/where and why was going on in Ball Ground will always be a legend. She loved her Lord and did His work by helping people all her life. Dot helped me and my mother especially during the last years of my mothers life. She worked hard all her life and was a good businesswoman. "Dot's" was THE place to eat in Ball Ground and she would always call to check on us if we were even 10 minutes late for lunch. She remembered what mother could and could not eat and often made an extra batch so mother could enjoy it too. I always say when a longtime Ball Ground resident passes away "that's a piece of Ball Ground we won't get back, but thank the Lord he let us have them as long as we did." That saying has never been more true than when talking about Dot. I don't think there are hungry people in Heaven, but if there were Dot would solve that problem! My sympathies to all of Dot's sweet family and friends.

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