Thomson Staff

Keith Beggs

Funeral Director

Keith with his twin brother Kevin grew up in the funeral business working with their father the late E. Carlton Beggs.  Through values instilled by his father, Keith realized the importance of respecting those families who trusted his family in their time of need.  Born in 1968 and the son of Ellie N. Beggs and the late  Carlton Beggs, he attended Lincoln County High School and graduated in 1986.  He then attended Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science in Decatur, Georgia.  Keith's experience in the funeral industry includes following with his father at a young age, and serving families at Horis Ward Funeral Home in Atlanta while attending mortuary college. He had begun working at M. W. Callaway & Sons Funeral Home after graduation which later became Beggs Funeral Home.  Sometime later Keith moved to Thomson to take over management of our location there.  It was during this time that our Thomson location moved to the present site on Cobbham Road. Keith has been married to his wife, Candy, for 22 years. They have two children, Chase Norman Beggs (21) and Carrington Parris Beggs (17).


Kenneth Gary

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kenneth is a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, Georgia. He graduated from Thomson High School in 2012. Mr. Gary attended Augusta University for some time until he answered the calling to attend mortuary school. He went to Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina where he obtained a degree in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science in 2016. Kenneth is the son of Russell and Alice Gary and the late Delores Gary. At an early age, Kenneth learned how to compassionately care for others in their greatest time of need. He has worked for his father, owner of Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, all of his life. Upon licensure, Kenneth will be the third generation in his family to become a licensed funeral director. Mr. Gary has been a part of Beggs Funeral Home for almost 5 years.


Chase Beggs

Funeral Director's Assistant

Chase is the son of Keith and Candy Beggs. At an early age Chase lived in Warrenton, Georgia where his father, Keith, operated M. W. Callaway & Sons Funeral Home and later Beggs Funeral Home. At age three, his family moved to Thomson, opening the new location of Beggs Funeral Home on Cobbham Road. Chase completed all of his education in McDuffie County Schools graduating from Thomson High School in 2014. He went to Georgia Southern University for two years and is approaching graduation from Augusta University with a bachelor's degree. He is married to Nicole Beggs and they have one son, Bennett Blanchard Beggs. Chase has worked in the funeral home since he was a small child. Being in and out of the funeral home, he has always desired to serve others with dignity and compassion.


Warren Adams, Jr.

Funeral Director's Assistant

Warren, Jr. was born in Wilkes County, Georgia and raised in McDuffie County. He graduated from Thomson High School in 1966. Mr. Adams worked with his father and uncle doing construction until going to work at Martin Marietta. He retired from Martin Marietta in 2008 with 35 years. Warren, Jr. has been married to Louise Waller Adams for 49 years. They have two children Mark (Tonya) and Ryan (Maureen) and four grandchildren. Mr. Adams has been a part of Beggs Funeral Home for almost 10 years.

Gloria Mitchell


Gloria lived in Warren County, Georgia for the majority of her life. She graduated from Warren County High School in 1974. Originally part of the class of 1975, Gloria academically excelled and was able to graduate the summer prior to graduation. She has worked at Garland Knitting Mills, Thomson Company, Prestwyck, and Chardan. She currently works for C&H Paving and Beggs Funeral Home. Gloria has been a devoted staff member for 12 years. Although her primary role is to run the office, she assists with funerals and visitations on occasion. She has two children, Melissa (Jimmy) and Tommy (Sheryl), and four grandchildren.

Mary Booth


Ms. Mary has been a resident of McDuffie County the majority of her life. She graduated from Thomson High School in 1974. Ms. Booth graduated from Augusta College with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Minor in History. In December of 2015, Ms. Booth retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Social Services Program Consultant and Master POST Instructor. Ms. Mary began working at Beggs Funeral Home in January of 2016. She is a faithful member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Dean Payton

Funeral Director's Assistant (Retired)

Born in 1937 Dean Payton grew up in Cozad, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army in 1957 where he served for 20 years. Overseas assignments were Korea, Germany twice, and Vietnam. Mr. Payton attended various military schools. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1977 at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He went back to Lexington, Nebraska to live and worked in a small Electronic Firm for almost eight years. He and his wife, Jean, moved back to Georgia in 1985. Dean was an Electronic Instructor at Fort Gordon for three years before being laid off. He went to work in Atlanta, Georgia as an Electronic Technician for the General Services Administration Federal Government for almost 15 years. Mr. Payton retired from there in January 2000. Dean is currently living in Thomson and has been married for over 30 years to his wife Jean. Mr. Dean played a vital role in the success of Beggs Funeral Home where he spent many years caring for the families of our area. He retired in 2014 due to back problems, but still visits frequently. We are grateful for his dedicated service to our country and our family's business.

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