C. Patrick Milford
Saturday afternoon from 2 until 4pm and Saturday evening from 6 until 8pm
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.