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MIDGETTE, Gordon Gordon Moody Midgette, 70, past Director, The Dekalb Historical Society leaves lasting legacy. Archaeologist, Anthropologist and Historian, Gordon Moody Midgette passed away from this world at 7:11 PM, the 29th of April 2014. He was former Director of The Dekalb Historical Society from 1976 - 1978. He was also The Georgia State Archaeologist in the late 60's and early 70's. Mr. Midgette, a friend of the Rev. M.L. King, Sr. was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. He championed the memory and history of Col. Robert A. Alston who was an early opponent of the Convict Lease System. Gorgon Midgette, as a graduate student conducted the first and only excavation at Briar Creek, Sardis, Ga. which helped to establish the Clovis Culture in the S.E. United States. He was a subject matter expert on the history of Atlanta, President Andrew Jackson, President Woodrow Wilson and Native American Trails in the South Eastern United States. He was also quite a chess player. He is survived by his wife Carol A. Midgette, his son Major Ben Midgette, his mother Mrs. Evelyn Crandell and his two sisters, Martha Jones and Patricia Scott. A memorial service will be held at the Decatur Cemetery at 1PM on Saturday May 17, 2014. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Dekalb Historical Society, The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society or The Society for Georgia Archaeology. A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 5, 2014
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