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MARLER, Barry F. BARRY F. MARLER Marler, Barry F, Retired Major of the Atlanta Police Department went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 17, 2013. Barry was born on Nov. 11, 1928 to his loving and wonderful parents, John T. Marler Sr and Floy Goddard Marler in the West End area of Atlanta where his father was a business owner and City Alderman for 27 years. Barry's parents started him on his spiritual journey at Gordon Street Baptist Church where Barry worshiped for many years and where he was baptized in his love of Christ. Barry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Julia P. Marler and his son Barry Douglas Marler. Barry's wonderful sense of humor, his ability to tell amazing stories and his magnificent smile are just a few of the things his loving family and survivors will miss so much about him. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Harris Marler, of Jonesboro, GA ; son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Donna Marler of Douglasville, GA, ; sister, Bonnie Jean Cole of Newnan, GA, and grandson 1st Lieutenant Barry Andrew Marler based at Robins AFB in Warner Robins, GA (currently deployed); niece Beverly Russell of Newnan, GA and niece and husband Diane and Andy Parzygnat of Newnan, GA; daughter-in-law Mimi Marler of Tampa, FLA; step daughter and husband Judith and Joe Cota; granddaughters Naomi and Angela Cota, and grandson Christopher Cota all of Griffin, GA. Barry will be forever remembered by his loving nieces, great nieces and great nephews as well. Barry graduated from Tech High School and graduated from John Marshall Law School cum laude . His early education served him well for his 28 years as an Atlanta Police Officer .Barry was instrumental in leading the force that cleaned up many blighted areas of midtown Atlanta. Barry received many accolades during his tenure with the city as listed: The National Conference of Christian's and Jews - outstanding leadership to help eliminate inter-group prejudices - 1972 Bestowed the title of Kentucky Colonel by Governor of Kentucky -1974 Atlanta Hospitality Industry - member - 1980 Georgia Assn. of Security Personnel Vice-Pres. 1983 Pres. 1984 Atlanta Metro-pol, Inc.Secy. and Treas. 1982 and 1985 to 1989 Metro Crime Commission Award for outstanding service - 1986 Charter Member 100 Club - Peachtree Center - 1989 Georgia Assn. of Chiefs of Police - Served on Corporate Security Commission -1990 West Franklin Protective Service Received Gentleman's Award - 1994. Barry was one of the first homeowners (March '95) in Wright's Walk subdivision,a Jonesboro "55 and older" retirement community. If a resident needed to go to the doctor, the grocery store, or have a repair done in their home, Barry was always there to help, It was not unusual to see Barry planting flowers in the common areas and making sure the subdivision's appearance was something of which all could be proud. Barry was a very giving individual. When Barry retired from the APD it was an opportunity for him to utilize his lifelong knowledge, and passion, of police work to become head of security for The Portman Company in downtown Atlanta, as well as hold managerial positions in several private security firms in the Atlanta area. Barry also enjoyed his time as a business owner of a Gulf Station in the Southwest area of Atlanta. Barry was currently a member of Jonesboro First Baptist church and was a great steward to his community, and neighbors, in Jonesboro as well as his family, friends and loved ones. There are no funeral plans and, as requested by him, his body will be donated to Emory University for medical research. The family requests your prayers and in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Barry's memory to: The , 41 Perimeter Center East. Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346 or Jonesboro First Baptist Church,P.O. Box 773, Jonesboro, Georgia 30237. Many thanks to the staffs at Jonesboro Assisted Living and to Doctor's Hospice for their devoted and loving care they gave to our Barry in his last days. Also, thanks to his Christian friends from First Baptist of Jonesboro for their many visits and prayers. Our loss is heaven's gain and to God we give the glory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 19, 2013
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