Robert Steve Sosebee, 64, died Friday, January 1, 2021, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Campus.

Sosebee was well-known throughout the poultry industry during his more than 25-year career.

Born on January 19, 1956, in Gainesville, Georgia, he was the son of the late Boyd Washington and Clara Bell Wingo Sosebee. He was employed with FoodMate US Inc. where he was an engineer.

“Steve will be greatly missed but I find comfort in knowing he no longer has to suffer,” said Scott Hazenbroek, Foodmate US owner, in a statement. “I have known and worked with him for about 25 years. Steve was invaluable to our family’s businesses, Dapec and now Foodmate, and we owe a great deal of our success to his creative and sharp technical mind. The Foodmate family extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife and all his family.” 

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Sosebee is survived by his wife, Theresa Sosebee; two daughters, Amber (Craig) Etris, Ashley (Josh) Tinsley; one son, Anthony (Kayla) Sosebee; three grandchildren, Emma Etris, Eyen Etris and Kolton Sosebee; mother-in-law, Mae Whitmire; one niece, Karla Pettitt; three nephews, Matthew Sosebee, Jonathon Sosebee and Paul Petty; and two brothers-in-law, Allen Petty and Mark Oliver.

In addition to his parents, Sosebee is preceded in death by his brothers, Carlton Sosebee and Wayne Sosebee.

Funeral services were held January 4, with interment at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia.