He was born in 1940 in Tiger to the late Col. William T. and Ruth Arrendale Ezzard. He attended the University of Georgia, majoring in forestry. He spent most of his career as a forester with the Georgia Power Company as forestry and right of way services manager. An Eagle Scout, he led many youngsters to love the out of doors and to learn to hunt and fish both as a Boy Scout leader and a parent, grandparent and friend. He was a noted gunsmith with an expert knowledge of firearms and gun history. He arranged many fishing and hunting trips for his friends and colleagues and also loved gardening, raising most of the family’s food and sharing with friends and neighbors as well as raising Christmas trees for many years.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William T. Ezzard Jr., and his parents.
He is survived by: his wife, Betty Woodall McKay Ezzard of Tiger; his children, Shane Ezzard of Watkinsville, Leslie Ezzard of San Diego and Marsha McKay, Joey McKay and Ronnie McKay, all of Rabun County; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. John A. Ezzard of Tiger; two sisters, Joanne E. Barksdale of Newville, Pa., and Lucy E. Bartlett of Tiger.
Funeral services were held Monday at Beck Funeral Home with the Rev. James Cantrell officiating. Burial followed at Tiger Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Oct. 27, 2011