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Duane RINER


Family-Placed Death Notice

RINER, Duane DUANE SMITH RINER COKER, AL. Retired Georgia newsman Duane Smith Riner, 76, died July 4, 2013 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be at Tuscaloosa Memory Chapel, on Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Riner was born in Lyons, GA on August 8, 1936. Riner began his career at the Brunswick News, where he became Managing Editor. He joined the Atlanta Constitution for general assignments, and then was appointed Washington Correspondent. He later returned to Atlanta, GA as Political Editor. Riner was enlisted by Georgia Governor James Earl Carter as a Special Staff Assistant. Georgia Governor George Busbee asked Riner to serve during his two administrations as Press Secretary and speechwriter. Riner returned to the combined Atlanta Journal and Constitution, where he served in various editorships. He later retired as a Metro Editor in 2002 and made his home in West Alabama. Survivors include wife Helen, daughters Mariah Elledge Riner McClelland (Patrick) of Lawrenceville, GA, and Celesta Claire Riner of Coker, AL

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6, 2013
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