John Martin DeBorde III

November 19, 1926December 20, 2013

John Martin DeBorde, III died Friday, December 20, 2013 after an extended illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Anne Coggins DeBorde. He is survived by his children, Anne DeBorde Gaston (Jim), Laura DeBorde Henry (Brian), Elizabeth DeBorde Ramsey (Tom), Margaret Coggins DeBorde, and John Martin DeBorde IV (Sueyin). He was so proud of his 9 grandchildren – Laura Gower (Matthew), Will Gaston (Sarah), David Gaston, Lollie Owings (Pierce), Brice, John and Lee Anne Bradshaw and Kyler and Pailey DeBorde – and his 4 great grandchildren, Ryan, Evan and Reagan Gower and Henry Owings.

John was born November 19, 1926 in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Boys’ High in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years while attending college and graduated from Emory University in 1949 with a degree in business administration. He had a passion for the life insurance business and was devoted to his clients and their well-being. He was proud to win the President’s Trophy Award with The New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. John was a life member of the Piedmont Driving Club and Peachtree Golf Club. He served as a trustee of The Lovett School for many years starting with moving Lovett to its current location on Paces Ferry Road back in 1959.

John loved people, tennis, golf and Ponte Vedra Beach. He also leaves behind his beloved Alice McDonough, his brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Mary DeBorde and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Andrise, Bettye, Charles, Kemme, Monica and Thelma – and many others who have taken care of him over the years.

A service to celebrate the life of John DeBorde will be held at The Cathedral of St. Philip on Monday, December 23 at 10 AM. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. After a private interment service at Westview, they invite you to join them at Peachtree Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Cathedral of St. Philip, The Lovett School or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, December 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 23, 2013

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Ed Kaloust

March 14, 2014

I enjoyed many times with John and Ann and spent a day at their home. Sorry to learn about his passing. John was the perfect example of what a gentleman is we will miss him.

Bill Mitchell

December 28, 2013

Margaret and siblings, We were sorry to learn today of John's passing. We have been in Florida for two weeks and missed getting word. I' m glad I had the chance to talk to him just before we left.

He was simply a great guy and will be missed by so many. Bill

Valee Sewell Penn

December 27, 2013

Laura and Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God will give you what you need to get through these tough days. I know, because Kay and I lost our Dad a few days ago, and God had helped us get through each day. May your happy memories of your Dad help you all at this difficult time.

December 24, 2013

Mr. Deborde was genuinely interested in others; whenever, he spoke with someone, it was about them, and not himself. He was a very caring man and will be missed. We need more men like him. Our love to his family - Kel Harper

December 24, 2013

Mr. DeBorde was the sweetest and kindest man! I have the most vivid recollection of him as someone with a smile who was always interested in others. Love to his family.
Mary Gambrell Rolinson

Kim Coggins

December 23, 2013

John I will miss you. You were a gentleman and a kind and gentle man. Inspiring and my hero. Bless the family at this time. Hold the memories dear

Zelma Turner

December 23, 2013

I worked for John DeBorde for many years
at New England Life. He was great to work
for. I will always remember how nice and
kind he was. He had a terrific family and
my love goes out to them at this sad time. He will be greatly missed by all
that knew him.

December 23, 2013

To the DeBorde family...may God comfort you and bring you peace during this time of bereavement.

Rene' Sasser

December 23, 2013

Mr. DeBorde was my fun friend Elizabeth's beloved Dad, who will be remembered by many.Hugs to the family.

Lisa Teer

December 23, 2013

I have just returned from England to find out this sad news. Mr DeBorde was a joy. He was always very sweet to me and always had a smile and a kind word. I am honored to have been able to play tennis with him at the Driving Club and just honored to have known him at all. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go to all of the DeBorde family at this time.
Love, Lisa Teer