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RUSHING, Michael W. MICHAEL W. RUSHING Michael W. Rushing, age 69, of Atlanta, GA, passed away November 10, 2012 after a two-year battle with lymphoma. He was born on September 28, 1943 in Miami, Florida to James Thomas Rushing of Louisville, Kentucky and Mae Elizabeth Shaw of Irwinville, Georgia. He attended Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1966. He then moved to Atlanta, where he became a Certified Public Accountant in 1968 and worked in the tax department of Ernst & Young. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1971. After graduation from UGA, he served as a tax manager with the international public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., where he met his devoted wife, Mary Harris Rushing. An author and lecturer on taxation, he taught in Georgia State University's Master of Taxation program and was a guest lecturer on numerous professional tax programs. His law career included founding the firm Willard & Rushing, being a principal at Neely & Player, and then serving of counsel with Merritt Watson, LLP for 21 years. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and several other professional organizations. Michael was a man of diverse talents and interests. He ran track in high school and college and continued his enthusiasm for running by completing 32 Peachtree Road Races in Atlanta. He was an avid tennis player who enjoyed singles and doubles tennis at Cherokee Town and Country Club for 25 years. He was also committed to his educational institutions and loved being a University of Virginia Cavalier, combining his interests by faithfully supporting their men's tennis program. He was a staunch Georgia Bulldog, who cheered on Saturdays at Sanford Stadium for most of his adult life and was honored with membership in the Gridiron Society and The President's Club. His hobbies included photography, studying history, and traveling, but his greatest passion was his faith in Jesus Christ. He read the Bible with devotionals daily and delighted in learning and sharing the Word of God. He considered himself a very blessed man with a large and loving family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary; his four daughters and their husbands, Kimberly and Greg Bitzer, Stephanie and John Hale, Mary Elizabeth and McGregor Lott, and Melanie and Tom Hall; grandchildren Madison, Allie and Zachary Bitzer, Will, Ben, and Cara Anderson, and Candler and Harris Lott; and siblings Pat Dejarnette and Jimmy Rushing. His family remembers him as a passionate, intellectual, and athletic man who was diligent, honest, and loyal, with an unforgettable sense of humor. Funeral services will be held at Northside United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 14 at 1 o'clock with Dr. Gil Watson officiating. Family will receive friends in the church's Faith and Arts Center following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Northside United Methodist Church of Atlanta or the University of Virginia men's tennis program. Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, Lilburn is in charge of the arrangements (770) 923-2940.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012