Whitner Milner III

Born December 10, 1985

Gene Whitner Milner, III went to be with his heavenly father April 17, 2011. He died in a tragic accident in the family swimming pool in Atlanta.

Whitner was born at Piedmont Hospital December 10, 1985 to Rhonda Dawes Milner, MD and Gene Whitner “Dusty” Milner, Jr., and was preceded in death by his grandfathers Gene Whitner “Jicker” Milner and William Alger Dawes, Jr., and step-grandfather Major General L. Render Braswell, MD.

Whitner was a 2004 graduate of Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. He was an avid lacrosse player at Woodward, where he received the most improved player award as team captain his senior year. Whitner was a near scratch golfer and spent his spare time golfing, hunting, fishing, snow skiing, and boating. He also ran a half marathon with his mother without training, finishing in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Whitner was an avid spear fisherman and an accomplished free-diver who could hold his breath for 3 minutes. Whitner loved animals and was devoted to his labs, Red and Bella.

Whitner worked with his father at Milner, Inc. where he sold software solutions and was an extremely valuable asset to the company. Whitner was in the process of securing several large revenue opportunities in the Comsquared Division. His enthusiasm for his work as a 25-year old energized the company and all those who worked with him.

Whitner was a fan of Broadway musicals and attended the symphony with his mother. He loved the arts, working with the Fox Theater on its Broadway Families First outreach program. Whitner was a member of Mt. Paran Church of God where he joined with his mother last year. Whitner is survived by his parents; his three siblings, Kathryn Lillian Milner, Cason Lanier Milner, and Helen Scott “Scottie” Milner; his grandmothers, Lillian Cox Braswell and Joyce Lanier Milner Sterling (Robert L.); uncle, Hicks Lanier Milner; aunt, Helen Milner Gordon (John C.), and cousin, Carolyn Lee Wills.

He was especially close to his first cousins, Hicks Lanier Milner, Jr., Charles A. Milner, John C. Gordon, Jr., Spencer W. Gordon, and Grayson H. Gordon.

Whitner’s Godparents are Helen Ballard Weeks, Hollis M. Lamon, and the late Charles H. Wills.

Pallbearers will be John Gordon, Spencer Gordon, Grayson Gordon, Lanier Milner, Charles Milner, Michael Crocker, William Hollis, Taylor Knox, Harrison Merrill, and James Stice. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Carter, Will Cowan, Brian Francis, Blake Haas, Porter Henritze, Easley Hooff, Allen Inman, Parker King, Austin Lamon, Terry McGuirk, Patrick McShane, Mark Olsen, Reid Olsen, Jordan Redella, Michael Schneider, Jason Stern, Jared Touchstone, Stewart Wallace, and Sanders Wallis, and so many other dear friends whom Whitner loved.

The visitation will be held at Patterson’s Spring Hill Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Services will be held at Mt. Paran Church of God on Thursday, April 21st at 2:00 P.M. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Great Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Whitner’s memory to New Leash on Life, PO Box 550049, Atlanta, GA 30355 or the Fox Theater’s Broadway Families First, c/o The Fox Theater, 660 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 20, 2011
  • Funeral service Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whitner Milner III

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October 3, 2013

Dusty, I just recently learned of this horrible tragedy. I extend my sincere sympathy to Your entire family for the loss of Your son. Hicks and I were close friends and roommates at GSU and travelled Europe together in '73. My Condolences. E. Wayne Fredericks.

July 29, 2011

We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Our sincere condolences to the family. May Whitner rest in peace with his Heavenly Father. We just lost our nephew two weeks ago to this exact tragic accident and we understand what you are going through . May God grant you all comfort during this tough time. God Bless.

Atassi Family, Staten Island, New York

Nancy and Johnny Pope

May 3, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is from Rev., D.L. Moody, who said, "One day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody is dead....Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I will be more alive than ever.....I will have gone up Higher, that is all...out of this clay tenement into a Home that is Eternal!"

April 21, 2011

We offer our sincere sympathy with the loss of your son Whitner. Words cannot express our thoughts for you Dusty and Rhonda and your children at the loss of a son and brother. Our prayer is for peace during this most difficult time.

Joan G. Payne and
Joe S. Payne
Former CFO Lanier

Laurie Johnson

April 21, 2011

To the Milner Family:

I came to the service today for Whitner, and I wanted to express my condolences. I didn't know Whitner personally, but I remember him from Woodward days. Alex would have been there today but she's in NY, so I came to pay respects for the both of us.It was a deeply moving service. I observed so much love and so much strength within and surrounding your family. I wish you all as much peace and comfort as you can find in the company of your many friends and family members now and in the trying days to come. Your loss is inconceivable, and my heart and thoughts are with you.

With heartfelt condolences,

April 21, 2011

The Lieppe family sends heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan Bolch

April 21, 2011

Whitner was in my Westminster carpool when I drove my three children during elementary school. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of his death. Our family sends your family our sincere condolences. Susan Bolch

Frank Walker

April 20, 2011

Dusty- My thoughts are with you and your family today.

Margo Savitz

April 20, 2011

Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
We have many great memories of times at Woodward with Whitner.
Margo, Peter and Zack Savitz

Ken & Leah Richards

April 20, 2011

Leah and I offer our sincere sympathy with the loss of Whitner, especially after the loss of our Kenneth. We are sharing in our own way grief with Rhonda, Dusty and the family.