Mr. James Edward “Buck” Hamilton, age 78, of Aragon, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018 at a medical facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Aragon on Feb. 23, 1940, a son of Warner Fedrick and Ruby Hamilton.
He graduated from East High School in Youngstown, OH, but had lived the greater part of his life in Polk County.
Mr. Hamilton joined the Bellview AME Church at an early age. He loved spending time with his family and buddies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warner Fedrick and Ruby Hamilton Hudson; and by a sister: Juanita Clemmons
He is survived by seven children: James Hamilton (Debbie) of Calhoun, Ann Hamilton of Aragon, Fontella Hamilton of Warner Robins, Kenneth Hamilton (Stephanie) of Aragon, Pamela Warner (Robbie) of Powder Springs, Patricia Holiday (Ladell) of Cedartown, and Henry Ware (Mary) of Warner Robins; nineteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five sisters, Laura Green and Carol Colvin (Jerry), Brenda Barkley, Joyce Hudson, and Martha Bailey. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services for Mr. Hamilton were held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Buckson Green, Rev. Donald White, and Rev. Eric Fedrick officiating.
The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mr. James Edward “Buck” Hamilton.
Mr. Danny McGinnis passed away on Sept. 2, 2018 at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, Florida due to complications with Diabetes.
Danny was born on Aug. 1, 1952 in Rome, as the third child and second son to Eunice Duffey McGinnis, and Jack Leonard McGinnis Sr.
In Rome, the McGinnis family grew to six children in total. Six years after the loss of their young father, Eunice married Jay Yancey, and the McGinnis family moved to a farm between Aragon and Taylorsville.
After graduating from Rockmart High School in 1970, Danny completed one year at the University of Georgia.
Mr. McGinnis then joined the U.S. Army, where his military training included the interrogation program at Fort Huachuca’s military intelligence unit in Arizona.
He also spent one year at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Anyone who was ever cross-examined by Mr. McGinnis, whether on the stand or at the dinner table, will tell people that he learned quite a bit about persuasive interrogation techniques during this time.
After serving three years in the Army, Mr. McGinnis began his sophomore year at the University of Georgia, and moved to Athens, with his young family, Marylon McGinnis, and newborn son, John.
He graduated in August 1977 Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Economics. Danny moved over to the University of Georgia’s School of Law where he received his J.D. Cum Laude in December 1979.
As a UGA law student, Mr. McGinnis was a member of the Georgia Law Review, received the award for the highest grade in bankruptcy, ended up in the top ten (10%) percent of his class, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
In Mr. McGinnis’ early law career, he became partner at the former Atlanta law firm Lokey and Bowden, and later partner at the Atlanta law firm of Rogers amd Hardin. His focus was primarily business tort and con- tract matters – predominantly litigation.
As an attorney, Mr. McGinnis was considered the man with the strategic mind and insights that won cases, or a litigator to be feared, depending on which side of the courtroom you might be sitting.
He married Kathe McGinnis in 1992, and in 2002, Mr. McGinnis left his partnership at Rogers and Hardin to support his wife’s career in pharmaceutical sales, and to focus time on raising his newborn son, Jay McGinnis.
The family moved to Winter Springs, Fla., in 2010, where he enjoyed taking long walks with Puggles and Gizzy, the family dogs.
To many, Mr. McGinnis was synonymous with great BBQ and the Georgia Bulldogs. On a good day, he was able to enjoy both at the same time. Those that knew him well will tell you that there were few times in which Mr. McGinnis was more in his element than when he was standing over a smoky grill in a red apron, cooking BBQ for large groups of hungry friends and family.
Second to that might be sitting at the 50 yard line, 8 rows up at Sanford Stadium, watching the Dawgs trample unworthy opponents.
Mr. McGinnis is survived by his wife, Kathe, and sons, John and Jay McGinnis, grandchildren, Everett and Odessa, and siblings, Jack, Jean, Judi, David, and Tim.
A private memorial for the family was held in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 5. A second memorial for friends and family will be held in Rockmart on Nov. 18, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. https://www.stjude.org/ donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_ icid=wtg-lz-donatenow
Arrangements for Mr. McGinnis were entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home and Crematory in Maitland, Fla.
This announcement is made on behalf of the family by Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home.