A.W. Franklin Bloodworth ’57

Albert William Franklin Bloodworth, age 81, died on October 16th, 2016 of natural causes. Franklin, as he was known, was the second son born of James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Sr. and Elizabeth Dimmock Bloodworth on September 23, 1935, in Atlanta.

A proud graduate of Davidson College, Mr. Bloodworth served for two years in the Army and a year in the Davidson alumni office before attending the University of Georgia School of Law where he graduated number one in his class.

He first practiced law at the firm of Hansel, Post, Brandon and Dorsey and later with partners John Nix and Laurin McSwain focusing on wills, trusts and the administration of estates. As a result, he read obituaries, like this one, religiously.

As their mothers were in the same “church circle” and because they were both single, tall and Presbyterian, Mr. Bloodworth and his future wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Howell, were urged to go on a blind date. When Mr. Bloodworth called to initiate the date he started the conversation famously with the line, “Let’s get this over with.” The couple married in 1967.

Mr. Bloodworth was a member of the Capital City Club where he consumed more than his fair share of buttery saltines. And one would be remiss not to mention his deep and abiding love of dessert in general and ice cream in particular.

He was a man of faith and an active member of both North Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Big Canoe Chapel where he served in various roles including elder, trustee, usher, MC, amateur audio engineer, and unofficial service timer.

Mr. Bloodworth is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, as well as many nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife Liz and his brother James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Jr.

The family would like to thank those who assisted in providing Mr. Bloodworth’s care in later years: Dawn Wilson, Hillary Williams, Irma Hardimon, and Geraldine Felton as well as the staff of Brighton Gardens of Buckhead.

A memorial service will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, Saturday, November 5th at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thornwell Home for Children ( thornwell.org).

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