Frank Wade Sherrill

September 9, 1941February 18, 2021

Frank Wade Sherrill, 79, of Social Circle and Watkinsville, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Born in Miami, FL, Mr. Sherrill was a son of the late Worth Sherrill and Delores Harstead Sherrill. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he was a Captain in the Corps of Engineers and awarded a Bronze Star. He was the owner of Hightower Consulting Engineers, which was established in 1977.

Mr. Sherrill served as Mayor of Social Circle from January 1979 until December 1997 and also served on the Social Circle Development Authority and the Social Circle Planning and Zoning Commission. As mayor, he helped create the Georgia Municipal Gas Authority in 1987 and was President of the Georgia Municipal Association in 1988. He led a delegation for the National League of Cities to three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) after the fall of the Soviet Union to advise in setting up their local governments.

Mr. Sherrill was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Social Circle and also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Scott Hanks Sherrill. Survivors include son, Jeff Sherrill (Effie Vantsi) of Athens; sister, DeEtte Sherrill of Minneapolis, MN; nephew, Christopher Leadholm; and niece, Tiffany Johnson.

A private funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, with Dr. Ryan Baer officiating. Private burial with military honors will follow at Social Circle City Cemetery.

The service will be live-streamed then archived at the following links:

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, 185 E. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601; or the American Cancer Society, 105 Westpark Dr., Suite C, Athens, GA 30606.

Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.


  • Private Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021



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Rosemary Mathews

February 23, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Karin Jaanson

February 22, 2021

Frank and his family have played an enormous role in my life. Frank was a brilliant man whom me and my daughter had a great pleasure of knowing for almost thirty years. Thanks to him I had a great opportunity in 1993 to learn how local government operates in the USA. It was the beginning of our wonderful friendship. I will always remember the very interesting conversations we had about politics. As a true friend he was committed to help me and Estonia in building up an independent
free country. Frank put lot of his time and effort to bring the Estonian Olympic team to Walton County for acclimatization before the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. Even when we were more than thousands of miles apart, he was always there, when I
needed a friend. I will miss him greatly and offer our sincere condolences to Jeff and
his family.

Georgia Williams

February 21, 2021

I met Frank about a year ago after he had moved back to his Broadlands home in Watkinsville. He became my walking friend. We chatted about many things on our walks, usually his family, sweet church friends and of course Ga Tech football. He never failed to ask about how I was getting along and how my son at Syracuse was liking the weather up north. He always seemed so happy and grateful for everything and everyone in his life. I will miss him terribly but look forward to seeing him again someday

Mickey Register

February 20, 2021

Jeff & Family,

Frank was great man who I had the pleasure of knowing through our attendance at First Presbyterian. We had many conversations regarding our love for our respective alma maters. Being a fan of the Bulldogs you can just imagine how those discussions went. He loved his Jackets , but beyond that he accomplished so much and was a great example of serving others. Frank you are missed and I look forward to the day when we will meet again. I will be praying for the family as you move forward in the days ahead.

Shelley Adcock

February 19, 2021

So sorry to hear this.
Praying for you and your family.
Many memories from Ray Presbyterian.
Wish you peace in the days ahead .

Wayne Jackson

February 19, 2021

I remember Frank as a good friend when he was the mayor of Social Circle and I worked at the City of Union Point! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!