McIVER, Diane 7/21/53 9/26/16 Diane McIver, a brilliant and inspiring force of nature, died on September 26, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband and life partner, C. L. "Tex" McIver, with whom she shared 16 happy years in Atlanta, at their Putnam County cattle ranch and on the golf courses of Reynolds Lake Oconee. When not at work, they were always at each other's side. She epitomized love and loyalty in action and lived a life "out loud." As such, she became an accomplished business woman in her almost 43 years of working for Billy Corey at his U. S. Enterprises, Inc. She loved the challenge of taking Mr. Corey's ideas and transforming them into thriving and profitable businesses, employing many. Those companies ran the gamut of commercial real estate development, outdoor advertising, truckstop ownership, various retail operations and airport advertising. Her most recent effort over the past 7 years was to leverage the Company's reputation and expertise in outdoor advertising in the very competitive arena of airport advertising, which was a space occupied by large worldwide corporate giants. In that short period of time, she and her staff secured advertising contracts in 9 US airports. Under her legacy there are more to come. Her love and generosity for family and friends was unconditional and without limits. Because she was the sole survivor of her immediate Auburn, Alabama family, her surrogate family was huge, including friends across the globe and especially children. That family also included the Auburn University football program where she was their greatest fan. One of her many godchildren was 10 year old Austin Schwall of Atlanta who called her "Mommy Di" and whose wish was her command. With encouragement from her he has become a straight "A" student and all star athlete. She regularly demonstrated her role in his life as ardent fan, tutor, disciplinarian and pushover; he loved her for it. She was a health and fashion maven, with a hat collection which is legendary. She inspired those around her by example, always insisting there was more weight to be lost and new ways to look good when in public. She is best remembered for refusing to complain, as she would regularly say "it is a waste of time." She clearly was too blessed and too busy to gripe about the day's aggravations. In lieu of flowers or more tears, Tex asks that those thinking about memorials, please consider the Shepherd Center or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, both special favorites of hers. In closing, she always encouraged everyone to hug their loved ones every day, as she did, remembering there is no time like the present to express one's love.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 2, 2016.