Willingham, Ronald


Ronald Garvin Willingham, 80, of Monroe, GA, died October 6, 2022.

Born in Atlanta, GA in 1942, Ron was the son of John Bryan Willingham and Helen Aycock Willingham. He attended Northside High School and graduated from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in 1964.

Ron began his career as a real estate broker with Adair Realty and for 55 years helped shape the skyline and suburbs of Atlanta. From strategic plots of Midtown to Truist Park to Rowen in Gwinnett County, Ron and his partners Matt Hawkins and Pierce Owings, Cushman and Wakefield’s “land crew”, have enjoyed a 36-year partnership based on their mutual trust, respect and integrity. Ron’s determination and perseverance have been the keys to a career committed to serving his clients with the utmost professionalism.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, June Scoggins Willingham of Monroe, GA; their son, Ronald Garvin Willingham, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, granddaughters: Evelyn Elizabeth (15), Sara Lois (15) and Grace Louise (12) of Greenville, SC; sister, Cheryl Willingham Beasley (Marvin) of The Villages, FL; niece, Sheff Newland, of Athens, GA, and great-niece, Lanier Lowrey of Athens, GA; nephew, William Dean Scoggins (Mandy) and their children: Chas, Caroline and Gaines of Statham, GA.

Ron loved golf, fishing, reading, “neck-stretching” country music, UGA football, but most of all family time, especially summer vacations at the beach. He was a very good gentleman, a selfless husband and father who showed love and compassion to his family and friends.

A cemetery memorial service will be held at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a reception at Sexton’s House on the cemetery property.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or a favorite charity.

Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens is taking care of the arrangements.

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