Rev. Magness went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born Aug. 6, 1945, in White County, he was the son of the late Fletcher and Dorothy Abernathy Magness. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Magness, Carlous Magness, Jerry Magness and Harold Magness; sisters, Martha M. Owens and Ruthlene M. Savage; and brother-in-law, Moses L. Armour.
The Rev. Magness was called into the ministry at the age of 16 and has pastored several churches, including Toccoa Congregational Holiness Church and Braswell Congregational Holiness Church for two terms. In addition to being a pastor, he was also a youth and choir director and served in the mission field, where he and his wife assisted in building several churches in foreign countries. He was previously employed at Ethicon Inc., as well as the Gainesville City and Stephens County school systems.
Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Ann Armour Magness of Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Robbie M. and Stanley Cook of Alto, Donna and Chris Mobley and Melanie and Shaun Miller, all of Bogart; grandchildren, Zane Stewart, Alyson Stewart, Christopher Mobley, Clay Mobley, Sydney Dawson, Cooper Dawson, and Anna Brooke Miller; brothers, Ricky Magness of Cleveland, and Garvice Magness of Anderson, S.C.; sister, Josephine Sutton of Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Rachel Almond and Mary M. Oliver, both of Lula; brothers-in-law, David Armour, the Rev. Jacob Armour and Joseph Armour, all of Alto, and Daniel Armour of Lula; numerous nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in Christ also survive.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
January 23, 2013