The Newnan Times-Herald


Dr. Joseph John Child

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 07, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Dr. Joseph John Child, 72, of Newnan, Georgia, passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday morning, February 7, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Services will be held Saturday, February 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church in downtown Newnan.
Joe was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on July 11, 1945, to Hilma Louise (Helm) and William Thomas (TC) Child. The youngest of four children, Joe moved to Newnan, Georgia, with his parents in 1959 and graduated from Newnan High School in 1963.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business from Auburn University in 1967, where he was member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and his Doctorate from Samford University in 2009. Joe began his professional career in the corporate sector with IBM, John Harlan and J.P. Stevens.

He eventually found his calling as a teacher/educator, and he returned to Newnan High School as a Special Education Teacher and Assistant Coach of the NHS Golf Team from 2006-2017.

Joe is preceded in death by Patricia Payne Child, his wife of 16 years, and his brother, William Thomas Child.

Joe is survived and celebrated by his wife of 29 years Martha Lee Child; his four children, Kingman, Marlowe, Mandy and Casey; his three stepchildren, Lee, Park, and Mattie; and his 15 grandchildren, Whitney, Derrick, Charlie, Patti, Brooks, Betsy, Porter, Cameron, Grier, Forrest, McRae, Mary, Sister, Magnolia and Jona. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Edward Child, and his sister, Margaret Child.

Joe will be remembered by all who knew him for his unflappable spirit and his joy for life. He was a world traveler, a constant learner, a loving husband and an unforgettable father and grandfather. He had an inexhaustible wit and a mastery of colorful language. 

He was known as Dr. Child to his students, Dad and Big Joe to his children, Padre to his oldest friends, Geeters to the Phis, Jo Jo to his grandchildren and The Man to his loving wife, Sugar.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Central Baptist Church, 14 West Broad Street, Newnan, Georgia 30263.