Pat Milford

Pat Milford

C. Patrick Milford


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3pm Sunday afternoon Allens United Methodist Church


Charles Patrick (Pat) Milford, 80, of 328 Cross Roads Lane, Carnesville, Georgia died May 13, 2015 at his home.

Pat was born April 19, 1935, in Franklin County, Georgia, a son of the late Clarence Arlington Milford & the late Gladys South Milford. He resided in Franklin County his entire life except for a brief time spent in Charlotte, North Carolina. His paternal Grandparents were: James Arlington (Jim) Milford and Nelia Bannister Milford. His maternal Grandparents were: Marion Frances South and Hattie Oakley South.

Pat received his early education at the Red Hill Elementary and Middle School, graduating with Honors, From Franklin County High, where he was President of his Senior Class of 1953. He received his AB Degree from the University of Georgia, 1957, with Senator John Fitzgerald (Later President) Kennedy as Graduation speaker; and he then graduated from the University of Georgia Law School, 1959, with an LLB Degree.

After passing the Georgia Bar Examination, 1959, he opened his first law office in Carnesville, and has been in continuous practice of law since that date, first as a sole practitioner, and later (1989) with his son, Richard Keith Milford, in the firm of Milford & Milford. A member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Northern Circuit Bar Association, he served on the Board of Governors for the Georgia State Bar, Post 1 of the Northern Judicial Circuit, 2011.

He was an active member of Allens United Methodist Church, Red Hill Community, and has served in various capacities including: Sunday School Teacher for more than 40 years; choir member and soloist; Church School Superintendent; Chairman, Administrative Counsel; twice on the Church Building Committee; Memver of the Sunshine Senior Citizens Club; United Methodist Men’s Club; Finance Committee; Pastoral-Parish Relations Committee; and Chairman of Cemetery Trustees, and has served several times as a delegate to the North Georgia Methodist Annual Conference.

He taught school for two years at Canon Elementary and taught Government & Citizenship at Franklin County High for one semester. He served many years as a member of the Carnesville Lions Club, was a Past-President, and held other elective offices of this club. He is a Past-President of the Franklin County Jaycees and a Past-President of the Northern Circuit Bar Association. He served in the Georgia Legislature, House of Representatives, 1963 – 1965, simultaneously with Senator Jimmy (Later President) Carter, and was awarded a “Govermental Affairs” Seminar Award for the State of Georgia, with a trip to Washington, D.C. and a meeting with President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the White House. Pat was a member of the University of Georgia President’s Club, and an avid supporter of the UGA Bulldog Football Teams.

He was the author of “Sands of Time”, a family History, Genealogy, and Traditions of the Milford-Millford & South Families, and other allied families, 1976. He contributed several articles for “The History of Franklin County, Georgia”, now in its 6th printing. He was working on a new book, “A Taste of Honey” or “Days in the Life of a Country Lawyer” at the time of his death.

He was a former Member of the Board, Vice-President of Franklin County Historical Society, Inc. He was a former Board Member & Executive Vice-President of Franklin Building & Loan Association, and later President of Franklin Federal Savings & Loan Association prior to its merger with Athens Federal Savings & Loan Association. He served as a Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer of Poplar Springs United Methodist Campground for more than 40 years. This Historic Campground has been in existence since 1832, and his Grandchildren are the sixth generation of Pat’s family to be tenters on the Campground.

He served 14 years as County Attorney for Franklin County, Georgia. He has served as a Board Member, and later as Chairman for the Franklin County Board of Health, and has served as a member of the Appalachian Georgia Health Systems Agency, Inc. which is comprised of 23 counties in North Georgia. He was a former Board Member and later President of Savannah Valley Production Credit Association.

Pat is survived by his wife: Peggy Callaway Milford; Son: Richard Keith Milford & wife, Alison Eichner Milford, Duluth, Georgia; and Daughters: Mary Beth Wiggins and late husband, Dr. W.R. (Dale) Wiggins, Hilton Head, S.C.; Rebecca Anne Milford-Floyd and husband, Eddie Floyd, Lavonia, Georgia; Linda G. Polniak and husband, Ray Polniak, Cape Canveral, Florida; and Lisa A. Brown and husband, Larry J. Brown, Athens, Georgia; Grandchildren: Ben Milford, Alex Milford; Patrick Zen Wiggins; Eja Wiggins; Reagan Floyd, Eliza Kate Floyd; Perrin Floyd; Lyndsey Polniak Fleming and husband Rob; twins: Christian Polniak and wife Teresa & Nicholas Polniak and wife Sandra; and Taylor Brown. Great-grandchildren: Tessa and Cooper Polniak; Harrison Fleming. Sisters: Mary Jo Whitworth and Barbara Smith Andrews, Red Hill; and brothers: C. Donald Milford, Red Hill; and Dr. C. Dean Milford, Carrolton, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James Marion Milford, Sr., and W. Esco Milford; three brothers-in-law, Doyle B. (Butch) Smith, Marshall W. Whitworth, and Tommy Andrews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Allens United Methodist Church, Red Hill, with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. Burial will follow in the Milford Family Plot, Allens United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Ben Milford, Zen Wiggins, and nephews: Ronnie Milford, Greg Milford, Clayton Milford, Brayde Milford, Ricky Whitworth and Mason Head. Honorary pallbearers: Members of Northern Circuit Bar Association; members of the Carnesville Lions Club; and Members of the Board of Trustees, Poplar Springs United Methodist Campground.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Ginn Funeral Home. Flowers are optional; Memorial Contributions may be made to the Building Fund, Allens United Methodist Church, c/o Ted Pritchett

The family will be at the home, where they will receive friends at times other than while at the funeral home visitation.



  1. I am a distant cousin to Pat. My mother Mattie Ruth Licata (Hill) and I got to meet him Nov 17, 2000, on a visit to Toccoa GA, to visit family. Pat was so kind to us, he dated and signed a copy of his book, Sands of Time, for each of us. His warmth and kindness left a lasting impression on me. I came across the book, while going through same things, just the other day, and I thought I might contact him to see if any additional book(s) had come to be. This is how I discovered his passing. I am very sorry for your loss.
    My mothers mother was Oakes O. Hill (McCall) she was married to John Henry Hill a great uncle to Pat. My grand parents.
    My dear sweet mother passed Jan 11, 2015, just 6 days short of her 90 th birthday. She had Alzheimers. I was blessed to be her care giver for the last few years of her life.
    May God be with all of you.
    Toni Tallman

  2. Robbie Fulghum
    May 15, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    I have known Pat since I was young going to the South reunions and continued to see him over the years, and also when I did his lawn maintenance for a few years. His mother and my grandma Mozelle South Fulghum were sisters. He knew a lot of the history of the south family and told me a good bit of our family history. He always let me know we were cousins and was a very nice man , and was a role model for a lot of people in Franklin County. Prayers for all of the family.

  3. Stoney & Judy
    May 15, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time for your family. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead.

    Stoney & Judy Farmer

  4. Pat was one of my best friends.
    When he came to FCHS from Red Hill, is when we first became friends.
    I left Carnesville in 1952, but when I would go back to visit, I would drop by to see him. He will surely be missed.

  5. Jack and Mary Andrews
    May 14, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    Dear Peggy,Keith,Rebecca,Mary Beth and Family,we were so deeply sadden to hear of the passing of our dear friend C.Patrick.We have been friends and associates for more than fifty years and
    Pat has always exhibited class and character that is beyond reproach ;a true Southern Gentleman
    and a student of the law.
    He has always been honest,forthright and professional in assisting our families when we were
    in times of need and we will always be grateful.
    Please accept our most sincere condolence and be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Jack and Mary

  6. Lloyd and Sherry Bradley
    May 14, 2015 - 6:56 pm

    We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss! Pat was always helpful and a caring person to us. I know he will be missed greatly by many.

  7. Sherry Crutchfield
    May 14, 2015 - 6:50 pm

    So sorry to hear about Pat. You and your family are in our prayers. He left a world legacy for his family. I always loved to talk to him when he brought his mom to visit her sister (my granny) Mozelle. I remember granny bought one of is books but not sure what happened to it after she passed. If there are any left I would love to purchase one. I have some pics of him at granny’s 80 birthday party, I will look them up and send them to you Rebecca. He achieved so much in his life and was a wonderful man. Love you all.

  8. Danita Segars
    May 14, 2015 - 3:59 pm

    A great man has gone on to his next achievement . He was truly an iconic figure. I am sorry for your personal loss and the loss that the community has sustained . I pray for comfort for each of you .

  9. Edward & Angie Andrews
    May 14, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Praying for your families during this time

  10. Please except my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Pat. He was true southern gentleman!!

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss! Pat Milford will be missed greatly by all! He was a great friend to me and my family over the years. My love and prayers are with all of you. I pray for God to wrap his loving arms around each of you for comfort and guidance through the days ahead! Peace be with you all!

  12. Mary Lou Jackson
    May 14, 2015 - 11:41 am

    I am so sorry for your loss…Pat was a wonderful person and he will be missed. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and may you find comfort in knowing that God is with you as you face the difficult days ahead.
    Mary Lou Jackson

  13. I want to express my condolences to the entire family. Pat was a true Southern Gentleman Attorney and his life is a testimony to us all as to what Attorneys should be to the community. He will always be with you and may you all have peace now and in the future. I consider it a privilege to have known Pat and worked opposite him.

  14. Ricky and Shirley Hazlerigs
    May 14, 2015 - 2:32 am

    Ricky and I enjoyed chatting with Pat while tailgating at GA football games. What a gentleman he was. I know family will miss him greatly. May God be with you all.

  15. James and Connie Milford Worley
    May 14, 2015 - 1:33 am

    It is with much sadness that we have learned of Uncle Pat’s passing. My last visit with him at mom’s was so much fun looking at some old pictures he had brought over for me to see. He has left a great legacy of “family” and the importance of being proud of our family past, present and future. I am so glad that God put the desire in him to record our families ancestry in the “Sands of Time.” I have made sure my children have a copy and it is a treasure that I am sure will last many generations. We have ancestors from Ireland and unfortunately we will miss Uncle Pat’s funeral because James and I will arrive in Dublin on Sunday. We are sad to not be there but know in our hearts, where Uncle Pat would want us to be. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you..our precious family.

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