Reuben A. Garland Jr.

September 25, 1930January 28, 2011

REUBEN A. GARLAND, JR. Age 80, died at his home, Woodlawn Plantation, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in West Point, Georgia, on Friday, January 28, 2011. He was known to his school friends as “Rooney” and to his military friends as “Gus.” He was born on September 25, 1930, in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, to the late Fauntleroy Winston Moon and Reuben A. Garland on the date of his parents’ first wedding anniversary. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Druid Hills and R.L. Hope grammar schools. He graduated in 1949 from North Fulton High School and entered the University of Georgia. In the fall of 1951 he volunteered for the United States Air Force and was decorated for his service during the Korean War, serving on Okinawa as a crash rescue member of the 19th Bomb Group M. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force he graduated from the University of Georgia and attended law school at Emory University. He was admitted to the bar in 1959 and retired from his practice in 1995. He was pre-deceased by his late wife, Liz Laslo, of Hinsdale, Illinois. He had no children. In retirement he managed the lands of his ancestral home, Woodlawn, as an environmental project for the enhancement of wildlife. He was known for his loving spirit, his support of historic preservation and history, his patriotism for his country, and his love for his family. He is survived by his brother, Edward T.M. Garland, and his wife, Judy, of Atlanta, and their children, Winston Garland and John Garland of Atlanta, Georgia, and Reuben Edward Garland of Aspen, Colorado, as well as first cousins, Ben and Byrd Garland of Macon, Georgia, and Bill Garland of Sewanee, Tennessee, Kitty Moon Fogg of LaGrange, Georgia, Ann Phillips of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Kelly Trawick, Haiku, Hawaii. He died as a result of complications of lung disease. A private memorial service will be conducted at Woodlawn where he will be buried in the family cemetery beside his parents. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Fort Tyler Association, P. O. Box 207, West Point, Georgia 31833. Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory of Reuben may do so online at .


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jean lyon

March 4, 2011

Good bye dear Reuben...we will Miss you.

cousin Jean

February 11, 2011

My heart felt sympathy to Edward and family. It has been many years since I have had contact with the family. My mother Catharine Pritchett Olds and Fauntleroy were very close cousins, and visited each other regularly. I have fond memories of visiting all of you in the family home.
You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Catharine P. Olds Abbott

John Aspinwall

February 11, 2011

The John Aspinwall (Judy's brother) family will always have fond memories of Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays spent with Reuben at Woodlawn & in Atlanta. Reuben & brother, Ed, made a joyous occasion of perfectly preparing the plum pudding & turkeys each year for all to enjoy! This was evidence to us of the amazing admiration & love that he had for his family. His delightful sense of humor & kindness toward us & our children when visiting the Garlands will remain with us as we remember him. God bless you, Reuben, & the Garland family.

Judy Collins

February 11, 2011

How very saddened I was to read about Reuben, a very kind, bright man, whom I was fortunate to meet at the local library because of his "Close the School of Americas" bumper sticker. A valiant veteran on whom war took a great toll, he continued as a patriot to call on his country to do the right thing and stop using U.S. tax monies to train troops whose atrocities throughout the Americas are well documented.
We delighted in our few visits with Reuben in Fredonia and at his beautiful Woodlawn home.
My husband Jim Allen joins me in sending loving sympathy to the family.

Rita Walker Wilkes

February 5, 2011

Eddie and Judy,
My husband and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

February 5, 2011


Sorry to read of the loss of your brother. Trust that he has gone to the perfect home and land. God bless you and your family and may He comfort you all.


Harvard Hughey

February 4, 2011

Eddie and Family,
It has been many many years since I last saw Reuben. He was always gracious is spite of the defference in our ages.
Please accept my sincere condolences.

February 4, 2011

Eddie & Judy, So sorry to hear of your loss. I think of you often and now you are in my prayers. Susan Williams Herr

February 4, 2011

Eddie and Family,

I did not have either the pleasure or the honor of knowing your brother, but I wanted to let you all know that you have my deepest sympathy on your loss. My prayers and those of my children are with you. Love to all, Julie Moreland Woods

Hal S. Crawford

February 3, 2011

To the Reuben A. Garland, Jr. Family,
I was saddened to learn of Rooney's passing. Even though we had lost contact since his move back to Woodlawn Plantation, he was my long-time friend. During our friendship I grew to admire his brilliant legal mind and his preparation of case law and briefs. He took pride in his family's legal heritage and history. He was such an interesting person to be around and had a wit about him that was both interesting and amusing. He will be missed by all who knew him.