Friday was a somber one in the Dalton Public Works Building as city employees were given the news their coworker and friend would not be clocking in.
"We're coworkers here but we're also family and we're a very tight unit and we're going to miss him very much," said Benny Dunn, Public Works Director for the City of Dalton.
Bryan Bartley was killed on Thursday after four teens in a truck lost control of the vehicle.
The truck rolled and hit Bartley while he was cutting the grass on his lawn mower.
"Of course it was just devastating," said Dunn.
Dunn says Bartley was a great employee, one he knew he could count on.
"Bryan was a very dependable employee. He did not want to be the center of attention," said Dunn.
He says Bartley was known as a quiet man, but with a knack for making people laugh.
"Everybody would be standing around talking and he would come out with some one-liner and people would look around at each other and just bust out laughing because it was so funny. But that's just the kind of guy he was," said Dunn.
Friday wasn't all sad though. Dunn says Bartley left them with memories that will bring them joy for years to come.
"We were sad, tears were flowing, but then someone would tell something that he said or done that was funny and then we would all have some kind of moment of laughter," said Dunn.
Bartley's legacy won't be forgotten or erased.
"He's got a parking spot over there with his name on it that's gonna be vacant. We'll probably leave it there for quite a while," said Dunn. "We're going to miss him very much, we sure are."
Bartley's son also works for the Public Works Department.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Shawn Chapman Funeral Home in Chatsworth, Georgia.
Sunday, August 20 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:43:03 GMT
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