Colonel Donald Louis Boney
Colonel Donald Louis Boney
  • June 27, 1940 - January 20, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Colonel Donald Louis Boney, AUS, Retired, age 76, of Brookhaven, GA, died Friday, January 20, at Hospice Atlanta following a three-year battle with melanoma. He was born on June 27, 1940, the son of Raleigh Louis Boney and Rubye Rice Boney of Tifton, GA.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane Lancaster Boney, of Brookhaven, originally of Spartanburg, SC; two children, Sarah Poole Adams (Jeff) of Dunwoody, GA, and John Thomas Boney of Brookhaven; three grandchildren, Alasdair William Boney and Aidan Thomas Boney of Brookhaven and Rachel Elizabeth Adams of Dunwoody; a brother, James Raleigh Boney (Lila) of Tifton, two nieces, Laurie Annette Boney of Atlanta and Deidre Lynn McLean of Boston, MA; a nephew, Lee Cullen Boney (Michelle) of Tifton; and several cousins.

He attended public schools in Florida and Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1963 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

After university, he worked at First National Bank of Atlanta, and for most of his career, he was a sole proprietor/entrepreneur providing financial services for a variety of clients. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, including a tour in Vietnam, and rose to the rank of colonel. For 40 years, he was on the board of the Stone Mountain Highland Games and was treasurer of the games for many years. He was a member of the St. Andrews Society of Savannah and of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church of Dunwoody and a board member of the Scottish Heritage Society. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA-Scot).

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son--Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven with family visitation to follow. Scottish attire is optional. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard (Dick) Swanson, Richard (Dick) Shaffer, James (Jim) Carberry, Alaisdair Boney, Aidan Boney, and Lee Boney.

Burial with full military honors will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, day and time to be determined.