Widney, Linnie Everett

Widney, Linnie Everett Age:

Passed Away: 2010-11-18

Funeral Home:

Linnie Everett Widney, of Morrow, died on Nov. 18, 2010. Born in Fay, Okla. in 1915, he descended from pioneers who had migrated to Indian Territory from Pennsylvania, to establish a large farm family. He went to business school, gaining skills that enabled him, in 1945, to serve as an under-secretary for Gen. Douglas MacArthur . He typed the speech that MacArthur gave following the Japanese surrender. He had married Betty Burnett Wheeler, of Granville County, N.C., in 1942, and after the war, he began, with her aid, a wholesale egg business in Adamsville, Fulton County, Ga. His great passion was choral music. He sang with Robert Shaw in the Symphony Chorus, and all three of his daughters accompanied the church choirs he directed, in local United Methodist churches. An entrepreneur, upon moving to Clayton County in 1962, he became a realtor, developed a small herd of cattle, and again with Betty’s help, created an azalea-filled, award-winning yard and a you-pick blueberry patch. He was a man of many hobbies, including photography, international travel, plant propagation, and tennis, and also of great integrity. At age 83, he received an award from Clayton County Public Schools for tutoring third-graders in their math skills. Early in his long bout with Alzheimer’s disease, he was admired by many for his forthrightness about his predicament. He is survived by his wife, Betty Widney; three daughters, Jean W. Wynn, Carole W. Galimore, and Nancy A. Widney, all of metro Atlanta; four grandsons, Eric Wynn, of Grenoble, France; David Wynn, of Portland, Ore.; Jeff Galimore, of Tyrone, Ga.; and Justin Galimore, of Kennesaw, Ga.; two sisters, Luvern W. Chastain, of Kentucky, and Beulah W. Wall, of Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m., at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. She will lie in-state one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Camp Memorial Park. The family will receive friends TODAY (Saturday, Nov. 20), from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to: Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga. 30345, phone: (404) 728-1181. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.