Charles Ben DeVane

October 11, 1935 ~ July 3, 2021 (age 85)


Surveyor's Prayer

Almighty God, Surveyor of the Universe and the True Point of Beginning for all things. 

Bless that parcel of time more particularly described as life and guide us as we traverse through it.

May we accurately follow the courses you have set forth giving full measure to our time and talents in a manner that will make our lives worthy of a place in the record book of Eternity. We submit the sum of our being less and except; those errors by your grace forgiven. Witnessed by those present in your Holy Name.


Charles Benton DeVane, born on October 11, 1935, in Rome, GA. died July 3, 2021 at his home in Quitman, GA. The oldest son of Dozier and Nadine DeVane; husband to Mildred Dailey DeVane; father to Mark DeVane and Marisa DeVane Crosby; grandfather to Jennifer and Justin DeVane and Brandon and Skyler Crosby; and great grandfather to Mackenzie, Tarin and Marshal DeVane.

Mr. DeVane graduated from Quitman High School and received his higher education from Southern Poly Technical Institute, plus numerous years of certifications.

Mr DeVane was a civil engineer and surveyor and was President for many years in the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia, he held the office of County Surveyor since 1965, the longest held office in the county, many degrees and accomplishments in his professional career. Mr. DeVane was a member of Society of Civil Technicians, Tau Alph Pi National Honor Society, served in the Army and was one of two selected to train with First Battalion, Royal Scots, British Forces Berlin, Germany. His official military title was Sergeant-Communications Chief, Company D Third Battle Group 6, Infantry U.S. Army, Berlin, Germany. He was past president of BC Jaycees, and Brooks County Kiwanis. He coached Midget League Football for many years, held a private pilot license, past chairman of Brooks County Development Authority, Private Industry Council, member of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, he was surveyor of the year for the state of Georgia, past Governor for Georgia National Society of Professional Surveyors and engineer for the City of Quitman.

Mr. DeVane was President of his company DeVane PlanEng and was still active in his business. Was a registered engineer in the States of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and North Carolina.

Some of Mr. DeVane accomplishments were: engineered and built 1300 foot long earth dam and holding pond for Owens-Illinois Paper Mill, prepared first tax maps for Brooks County, Engineer for sanitary landfills for Brooks County, Berrien, and Worth County. Inspector for the Brooks County Industrial Park, site planned many shopping centers including, Valdosta Mall, Emergency centers and many commercial site. He was responsible for concrete plant, pile driving and bridges, for GDOT in the construction of Interstate Highway 75. Mr. DeVane loved singing gospel music and listening to old time Country and Western music. 

Mr. DeVane is preceded in death by his mother and father, Dozier and Nadine DeVane; wife, Mildred DeVane; brother, Ken DeVane; beloved grandson, Skyler Crosby; and his niece, Kimberly Kelly. He leaves to mourn his son, Mark (Janet) DeVane; daughter Marisa (Tim) Crosby; granddaughter, Jennifer; grandsons, Justin (Jordan) and Brandon Crosby; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Tarin and Marshal; sister in law, Annie Ruth (Tootsie) Bower and Polly DeVane; niece, Jeannie Bower Edwards (Mike), Sharon DeVane Waters (David) and Dean DeVane. 

Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Steve Shierling officiating. The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Maxwell-Purvis Funeral Home.


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July 5, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Maxwell-Purvis Funeral Home
908 N. Court Street
Quitman, GA 31643

Graveside Service
July 6, 2021

10:00 AM
Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgia, Quitman

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