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Quitman community remembers two of their own after fishing accident

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Published: Feb. 21, 2018 at 4:08 PM EST
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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 22, 2018

BROOKS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) – A fishing trip ended in heartbreak for the Quitman community Tuesday.

Ben Wooten, 69, and Dew Bell Richardson, 79, went fishing on a pond off of Reedy Creek Road and never came home. Authorities called it a tragic accident.

Wooten spent over 30 years of his life working at Harveys Supermarket in Quitman. While he retired over a decade ago, his former coworkers said he leaves behind a legacy of compassion and always being there to help those who needed it. Many community members said it wasn't just through the supermarket doors that he made an impact, but in every corner of Quitman.

"Just a tragic accident, Ben Wooten was a respoected member of the community. He did refereeing, umpiring, a lot of people knew him. He was a great guy," said Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey.

Harveys Supermarket employees remembered both Wooten and Richardson were caring, and their take on life contagious. Speaking of Wooten they said he was a man of God who had a big heart.

"All around a good person. He was well liked in our community, he was somebody you could just walk up to and say, Ben could you do this, and he would willingly do it for you. [Wooten] never said no, he'd never say no," said Mary and Audrey, employees at Harveys.

Mary and Audrey said other employees, both past and present, have called to ask about funeral arrangements. They said while those have not yet been made, there will be a lot of green and white, the store colors, there to celebrate his life.

What happened is still under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources, the investigation is expected to wrap up in the next couple of days.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 21, 2018

BROOKS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Brooks County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the bodies of two fishermen have been found in the pond off of Reedy Creek Road.

According to BCSO, 69-year-old Benny Wooten and 79-year-old Dew Bell Richardson were found in the pond.

Officials say the pair left their homes Tuesday morning to go fishing and one of their spouses was in contact with them around 9:30 a.m. to touch base, but they never heard from them again.

Authorities say they got a call later in the evening on Tuesday and the Department of Natural Resources got involved to help find their bodies.

Deputies say the cause of death is still under investigation.