Wake Held at Milledgeville Bar for Its Owner | Families
Friends and family of a Milledgeville man may be shedding tears, but they're also celebrating his life the way he wanted.
Dwight "Duke" Temple, owner of Duke's Dawghouse and Lounge in Milledgeville, died on Saturday.
Monday, he laid in state at the bar he owned for 12 years.
Temple turned his bar into a local institution after retiring from a 33-year career at 3M.
It worked because, friends say, he loved his lounge and the people he met there, which is why he wanted his wake there.
"He was a people person," said his wife, Karen Temple. "He decided to build [Duke's] so he could get to know all the people here."
His family didn't have to think twice about honoring his wishes.
"Whenever he passed, he wanted to be laid out here in the lounge, this way he's surrounded by the people that know him," said Temple's stepson, Robert Butch.
That's the kind of person he was.
"He's not one that wants a bunch of tears and crying. He wants everybody to live life to the fullest, have a good time, and let's just have a party," Butch said. "That's what he was about."
The "Dawghouse" is a burger shack located next to the lounge. Both have become cherished by visitors to Lake Sinclair.
"He enjoyed the lake, he enjoyed people, and he enjoyed his Crown," said Duke's daughter, Carrie Frownfelter. "I know he would just be so pleased with everybody showing up."
Duke Temple was 70, and died of cancer, his stepson tells 13WMAZ.