Richard Michael Haney, Sr., 70, died July 13, 2014 in a plane crash in Carrollton, Georgia. He was born May 25, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late John Hall Haney and Willie Mae LeCroy Haney. He was a graduate of East Coweta High School and the University of Georgia, and had done Doctoral work at Georgia State University.
Richard moved to Carrollton in October, 1967, as an Instructor of Management at then West Georgia College. He subsequently built a mobile home park behind the college for students.
In 1969, he bought the local Ford dealership and for the next 30 years was the dealer for Richard Haney Ford. Also, during this time he developed Oak Mountain Golf Club and was presently developing Stonecrest Subdivision.
Richard was an Eagle Scout and for many years led a local troop and was the Advancement Chairman for the local district. He was a member of the Rotary Club and on the board of The Salvation Army.
Richard was a member of the local EAA chapter and flew Young Eagles on many occasions. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for 47 years and was a deacon, had taught Sunday School and been in the Adult Choir for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Margaret Brannon Haney, to whom he was married in October, 1967; children, Richard Michael Haney, Jr. and his wife, Edie, of Carrollton, Laura Haney Joswick of Carrollton, Deanna Haney Whittaker and her husband Will, of Buford, Georgia, Lisa Haney Joswick of Carrollton, and Jeffrey Brian Haney and his wife, Lindy, of Carrollton.
Also surviving are grandchildren Kyle Haney, Rachel Rooks, Rebekah Rooks, Abigail Joswick, Jon Thomas Whittaker, Tyler Whittaker, Andrew Whittaker, Elise Joswick, Elizabeth Haney, Allison Haney, and Jackson Haney.
Also surviving are his brother, Ronald Haney, and his wife Valerie of Anchorage, Alaska and three nieces and their husbands and children.
Richard was preceded in death by one grandson, Jeffrey Haney.
Funeral services will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Ron Stone and Dr. Jimmy Gentry officiating. Music will be by Rev. Jack Gantt, Rev. Alan Schantz and Rev. Will Whittaker.
The family will receive friends Friday, July 18,2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 Tabernacle Drive Carrollton, Georgia 30117.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church.