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In Memory of

Joe Magnan

October 18, 1931 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Joseph "Joe" Venable Magnan, 85, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Macon Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Entombment will be in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum with Father Scott Winchel officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the Mausoleum.

Joe was born in Birmingham, AL to the late Charles Graham and Ann Marie Venable Magnan. He was named for his Great Uncle Joseph Venable of Talladega, AL. Joe graduated valedictorian...

Joseph "Joe" Venable Magnan, 85, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Macon Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Entombment will be in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum with Father Scott Winchel officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the Mausoleum.

Joe was born in Birmingham, AL to the late Charles Graham and Ann Marie Venable Magnan. He was named for his Great Uncle Joseph Venable of Talladega, AL. Joe graduated valedictorian from Hogansville High School in 1948 and enrolled in Mercer University in the fall of 1948. He graduated cum laude from Mercer University with an A.B. degree in History in June of 1952. Joe continued his education at Mercer and received a Master of Education degree in Social Studies in August of 1953. Following his studies at Mercer, Joe received a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia to further his studies in History. He attended classes in the afternoon and did historical research as an assistant to Dr. Merritt B. Pound in the mornings before classes. His teaching career spanned 40 years, teaching at Spalding Junior High School in Griffin, GA, Lanier Junior High School for Boys in Macon, GA, and finally retiring from Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, GA with 26 years of teaching there.

Kathy Shiflet, a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, began visiting Joe regularly when he moved into the Blair House, and also later as he moved to Pruitt Health-Eastside. They prayed together and shared life experiences. Joe often spoke of Father Cuddy, then pastor of St. Joseph's, and was ever thankful to him for receiving instructions in the Catholic faith.

Joe is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Graham Magnan, Jr., M.D. He is survived by nieces, Catherine Magnan Power (Steven W.) of Atlanta, and Patricia Magnan Wheeler (Fred) of Newnan; sister-in-law, Barbara Magnan; and friend, E.V. Knight, a friend since 1958.

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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements.