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SCHAEFER, William, Jr. and Nancy WILLIAM BRUCE SCHAEFER, JR. William Bruce Schaefer, Jr., a native of Toccoa died March 26, 2010. Affectionately known as "Bear" or "PaPa" to his family and friends, Schaefer was born July 20, 1935. He was the son of Dr. Bruce and Orville Tyler Schaefer of Toccoa. Although he lived and worked in Atlanta for 35 years, his roots were in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. After retiring in 1996, Schaefer moved back to Habersham County, went to church in Stephens County and spent much time in Rabun County. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Toccoa, GA. During his formative years, he attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana and graduated in 1953. He attended Clemson University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1957. Schaefer was captain of the 1956-7 Clemson golf team. He received a commission in the U. S. Army from Clemson and served in 1957 and 1958. After service he worked for The Trust Company of Georgia and then in the investment business retiring from Dean Witter in 1996. He served as an officer of the National Association of Security Dealers, President of the Atlanta Quarterback Club and the Lakeside (HS) Touchdown Club and was a member of the Jaycees and the Capital City Club. Schaefer was married to Nancy Smith Schaefer for over 52 years. He is survived by five children and thirteen grandchildren: William Bruce Schaefer III and wife Sherrill, children Bruce IV and Ashley Isabelle; John Schaefer and wife Mary, children Mary Glenn, Maggie, Jack and Caleb; Josh Schaefer and wife Sandee, children Jake and Luke; Edward Schaefer and wife Paula, children Paul, Spencer and Garland; Nancy Schaefer Almoyan and husband Paul, children Isabelle and Schaefer. Sister Tyler Schaefer Remsburg of Plantation, Fl and many nieces and nephews. NANCY SMITH SCHAEFER Nancy Smith Schaefer, a native of Rabun County died on March 26, 2010. She was born June 28, 1936 in Clayton, GA. Nancy was the daughter of Judge Lamar Smith, a Superior Court Judge of the Mountain Judicial Circuit and Isabelle Coffee Smith, both of Clayton, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia, Atlanta College of Arts and Design and was a graduate of Wesleyan College. Nancy was the President of Eagle Forum of Georgia: a conservative and pro-family organization helping men and women participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise. She was the Founder and President of several non-profit organizations created to strengthen and protect the family: Family Concerns, Inc; Citizens for Public Awareness; Family Concerns Pregnancy Center in Atlanta. She was Georgia State Senator from the 50th District, first woman candidate for Governor of Georgia (1998), candidate for Lt. Governor of Georgia (1994), and candidate for Mayor of Atlanta (1993). She was chosen as a Gracious Lady of Georgia and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was the first woman Trustee of Toccoa Falls College. Mrs. Schaefer was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toccoa, Ga. She was an eight-year Trustee of the National Ethics and Religions Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and former Vice President of the SBC. She represented Family Concerns and SBC at the United Nations Fourth Work Conference on Women in Beijing, China, at the U. N. Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul, Turkey, at the U. N. Conference on Food in Rome, Italy, and the U. N. follow up Conference to Beijing in New York. She has also spoken on the "Unlimited Power of Child Protective Services" at the World Congress of Families in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and to the Nordic Community on Human Rights in Sweden. Mrs. Schaefer was married to William Bruce Schaefer, Jr for over 52 years. She is survived by five children and thirteen grandchildren: William Bruce Schaefer III and wife Sherrill, children Bruce IV and Ashley Isabelle; John Schaefer and wife Mary, children Mary Glenn, Maggie, Jack and Caleb; Josh Schaefer and wife Sandee, children Jake and Luke; Edward Schaefer and wife Paula, children Paul, Spencer and Garland; Nancy Schaefer Almoyan and husband Paul, children Isabelle and Schaefer; and a sister Elsie Smith Simpson and husband, Sam of Athens, GA and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service and visitation for Nancy Smith Schaefer and William Bruce Schaefer, Jr will be Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 49 Rose Lane, Toccoa, GA 30577. Visitation will be held in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Family Life Center from 9:00-12 noon prior to the funeral, which will begin at 1:00 pm in the Ebenezer sanctuary. Private graveside service for family will be at the Tallulah Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Nancy and Bruce Schaefer Scholarship Fund, which has been established at the Athens Y Camp, P. O. Box 8, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573. This fund will provide scholarships for under- privileged youths to attend summer camp. Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated. Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa in charge of arrangements for Nancy & Bruce Schaefer. Online condolences may be made by visiting our website. www.acree-davisfh.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 30, 2010
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