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GARLAND, Reuben, Jr. REUBEN A. GARLAND, JR. Reuben A. Garland, Jr. age 80, died at his home, Woodlawn Plantation, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in West Point, Georgia, on Friday, January 28, 2011. He was known to his school friends as "Rooney" and to his military friends as "Gus." He was born on September 25, 1930, in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, to the late Fauntleroy Winston Moon and Reuben A. Garland on the date of his parents' first wedding anniversary. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Druid Hills and R.L. Hope grammar schools. He graduated in 1949 from North Fulton High School and entered the University of Georgia. In the fall of 1951 he volunteered for the United States Air Force and was decorated for his service during the Korean War, serving on Okinawa as a crash rescue member of the 19th Bomb Group M. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force he graduated from the University of Georgia and attended law school at Emory University. He was admitted to the bar in 1959 and retired from his practice in 1995. He was pre-deceased by his late wife, Liz Laslo, of Hinsdale, Illinois. He had no children. In retirement he managed the lands of his ancestral home, Woodlawn, as an environmental project for the enhancement of wildlife. He was known for his loving spirit, his support of historic preservation and history, his patriotism for his country, and his love for his family. He is survived by his brother, Edward T. M. Garland, and his wife, Judy, of Atlanta, and their children, Winston Garland and John Garland of Atlanta, Georgia, and Reuben Edward Garland of Aspen, Colorado, as well as first cousins, Ben and Byrd Garland of Macon, Georgia, and Bill Garland of Sewanee, Tennessee, Kitty Moon Fogg of LaGrange, Georgia, Ann Phillips of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Kelly Trawick, Haiku, Hawaii. He died as a result of complications of lung disease. A private memorial service will be conducted at Woodlawn where he will be buried in the family cemetery beside his parents. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Fort Tyler Association, P. O. Box 207, West Point, Georgia 31833. Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory of Reuben may do so online at www.shlagrange.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 2, 2011