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CARVER, Billy BILLY FRANKLIN CARVER Mr. Billy Franklin Carver, 67, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA. He was born to Henry Clay Carver and Vera Templeton Carver in Ocilla in Irwin County, Georgia. He was one of four children and the oldest son. He grew up in Irwinville also in Irwin County, was baptized at Irwinville Baptist Church, worked on his Dad's cotton farm, and graduated from Irwin County High School in 1963 where he was known as a great baseball player (catcher) and Valedictorian of his graduating class. He went on to Georgia Tech where he also played baseball and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Billy majored in Industrial Engineering and received his Professional Engineer certification in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from Georgia College with a Masters in Business Administration. Billy started working at the Georgia Power Company in January 1964 as a co-op student. Billy worked at Georgia Power and Southern Company for 46 years retiring on February 23, 2010. He worked at Georgia Power in Waycross, Valdosta, Augusta, Milledgeville, Forest Park and finally the corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Billy's latest positions included Supervisor of the Skills Development Center at Plant Branch in Putnam County, the Manager of the General Repair Shop in Forest Park and finally the General Manager for Safety, Health & Training for both Georgia Power Company and Southern Company, where he became a certified safety professional and was the prime mover of the certified utility safety advisor designation. His awards include the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) which is the highest award presented by the National Safety Council to an individual, the Billy D. Young award, presented to the outstanding volunteer for service within the Utilities DDivision, and the Honorary Life Award, presented by the National Safety Council. Billy was Section Chairman to the Electrical and Gas Section of the Utilities Division, Member of National Safety Council, Utilities Division, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F-18 committee. Billy is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, JoAnn Inman Carver of Atlanta, his son, William Bradley Carver, Sr. of Atlanta, his daughter-in-law, Michelle Marr Carver of Atlanta, his grandson, William Bradley Carver, Jr., also of Atlanta, his sisters, Bobbie Jean McIntyre of Fitzgerald and Janet Stripling of Irwinville, his brother, Hugh Cleon Carver of Lizella and numerous nieces and nephews. Billy was truly a walking miracle for the last 8 years. On February 14, 2004, Billy was diagnosed with a giant fusiform brain aneurism in his left internal carotid artery which is the major blood vessel to his left brain. The aneurism was initially declared inoperable and, if it had ruptured, would have ended his life within weeks, if not days. Dr. Dan Barrow, head of neurosurgery at Emory University, performed never-been- done before life-saving double bypass surgery around the aneurism. Billy did suffer a massive stroke losing his ability to use the right side of his body and to speak. He went through in-patient therapy at Emory and Wesley Woods for 3 months and then out-patient therapy at Regain at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a year and regained limited ability to move his right arm, walk and talk. His personality remained the same throughout. Billy was profiled in a newspaper article hitting a golf ball one year after the surgery. He has been a blessing to all he met over the last 8 years and was truly an inspiration for his family, friends, and co-workers at Georgia Power. When the surgery took place, he might have only had 8 days to live. Instead, he lived 8 more years to serve as best man in his son's wedding at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in 2007 and grandfather to his only grandchild for the last 6 months. The Funeral service for Billy will be on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead Atlanta, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta GA 30305. The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held on, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Prospect Methodist Church, 2060 Manor Millwood Road South, Manor, Georgia 31550. Lunch and fellowship will be provided beforehand. All are welcome to both the Atlanta and South Georgia services. Floral arrangements are welcome or contributions to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Centennial, CO. 80112. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www. mcdonaldandson.com. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 17, 2012
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