Buford, GA Joe C. Avery, 89, of Buford, GA passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Virginia "Jenny" Bennett Avery; parents, Edward and Minnie walker Avery; and brother, George Avery. Mr. Avery is survived by his daughter, Sarah Victoria Whidby of Buford, GA; son, David Lamar Whidby of Buford, GA; grandchildren, Kelly (Dan) Stoenica of Dacula, GA, Brian (Debbie) Whidby of Jefferson, GA, and Marshall Whidby of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren, Tori (Caleb) Jones, Logan Whidby, and Eli Whidby; nephew, Stacey Avery; and niece, JoAnn Rainey. Several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins also survive. Mr. Avery was born January 9, 1932 in Dahlonega, GA, and was a graduate of North GA College with a Bachelor's Degree, and a graduate of Peabody College with a Master's Degree. He was a veteran of the United States Army for six years. Mr. Avery retired as Superintendent and coach from Buford School System, where he also was a teacher and principal for a number of years. He also taught at Riverside Military Academy, and was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Buford, where he was a Sunday School teacher for over fifty years. He was an avid Georgia football and Braves fan, and was a member of North GA Alumni Association. Mr. Avery also worked for GA Department of Transportation for several years, and also served as Principal in Gwinnett County Public School System. Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 PM Sunday, November 21, 2021 in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Buford, with military honors provided by the Veterans Alliance Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until service hour Sunday, November 21, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Buford, 4550 Hamilton Mill Rd. Buford, GA 30518 in memory of Joe Avery.

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