OBITUARY

David Howard Flint

July 31, 1945October 19, 2020

On Monday, October 19, 2020, David H. Flint, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, accomplished lawyer, cherished friend, and pillar of the community, passed away at the age of 75.

David was born on July 31, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Julian and Mary (Doyle) Flint. He overcame great obstacles to become a successful lawyer and accomplished person. Orphaned at a young age, David spent his childhood in a variety of places, including Birmingham, Alabama; Florence, Alabama; Mt. Airy, Georgia; and ultimately Decatur, Georgia, where he graduated from Decatur High School in 1963. He then attended West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia, where he met the love of his life, Sandra Lee Love of McIntyre, Georgia. They were married on March 27, 1965, in Newnan, Georgia.

After graduating West Georgia with honors, David went to work for Georgia Power Company. In 1967, he enrolled in the night school program at the Emory University School of Law. Despite working a full-time job and raising two young boys with Sandra, he graduated first in the class of 1971. He is the only night law school student ever to achieve the distinction of First Honor Graduate at Emory.

In 1974, David and his lifelong friends and partners, Warren Wheeler and Charlie Schreeder, founded the firm of Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint, where he practiced continuously until a few days before his death. He was a giant in the Atlanta legal community. His tremendous intellect and considerable skills were only surpassed by his integrity, empathy, and sense of fairness. Well-traveled and an avid reader, David was a keen observer of life and the human condition and had a vast knowledge not only of the law, but history, literature, and science as well. A mentor to many young (and not so young) lawyers and judges, he was a tremendous source of wisdom, humor, and insight about what it means to be a good person, not just a good lawyer.

David, Sandra, and their two sons, Michael David Flint and Bryan Howard Flint, moved to Sandy Springs, Georgia, in 1979, where Sandra and David lived for the rest of their time together. David was an enthusiastic jogger and outdoorsman. He ran the Peachtree Road Race 25 times and did many camping trips with his sons and with his beloved Smoky Mountain Marching and Drinking Society. When he was able to pry himself away from work and home, David cherished spending time on Amelia Island, his favorite getaway, especially when his grandchildren were able to join him. He loved animals and had a series of memorable dogs over the course of his life, none more so than the last one, Max, his faithful and constant companion until the very end (as anyone who visited or had a Zoom encounter with David within the last few months can attest). Simply put, he was the best husband, father, grandfather, and dog dad a family could ever have.

Active in the community and generous to a fault, David was a force for good in Atlanta, a city he loved. He served on the boards of directors of the Shepherd Center, American Opportunity Foundation, Buckhead Lions Club, Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, Arnold Foundation, Georgia Primary Bank, Westside Bank, Atlanta Law School Foundation, and several others. He was also a member of the Advocates Club, Gridiron Secret Society, Old Warhorse Lawyers’ Club, Capital City Club, Amelia Island Club, Bryan Society, Order of the Coif, University of West Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees, and Georgia State University Law School Board of Visitors. After his sons left the nest, David got involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and became a mentor to his Little Brother, TJ Tambellini, who he maintained a friendship with for the rest of his life.

David was a man who genuinely loved people and treated everyone equally and with respect, no matter who they were. He was a world-class storyteller and conversationalist who could find humor in almost everything (even his own plight as his health worsened over the last few weeks). Many of us will remember the cumulative laughter we shared with him over the years, and nobody will ever forget his infectious smile. David will be missed but will live on in those of us who were lucky enough to know and love him. His was a life well lived.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; his father, Julian; and his sister, Mary Flint Porter. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his two sons, Mike (54), married to Lauren (Livengood) Flint, and Bryan (51), married to Stephanie (Walker) Flint; his four grandchildren, Walker Flint (18), Corinne Flint (17), Alec Flint (14), and Andrew Flint (14); his brother, Sam Flint; his niece Samantha (Flint) Bruner; and his nephew, Jeff Flint. A Celebration of Life will take place Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Capital City Club Brookhaven, 53 W Brookhaven Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 from 4:00 PM until 7:30 PM with a memorial service at 5:30 PM. Online condolences may be left at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/sandy-springs-ga/david-flint-9857110

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a contribution in David’s honor to Furkids, Inc. (formerly Small Dog Rescue, where he first encountered Max, his loyal companion to the end) (www.furkids.org), or the Shepherd Center (where he was a member of the Board of Directors from 1994 until his passing) (www.shepherd.org).

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his two sons, Mike (54), married to Lauren (Livengood) Flint, and Bryan (51), married to Stephanie (Walker) Flint; his four grandchildren, Walker Flint (18), Corinne Flint (17), Alec Flint (14), and Andrew Flint (14); his brother, Sam Flint; his niece Samantha (Flint) Bruner; and his nephew, Jeff Flint.

Services

11 August

Celebration of Life

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Capital City Club Brookhaven

53 W Brookhaven Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

A Memorial Service will commence at 5:30 PM.

Memories

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Robert Brown

July 22, 2021

Condolences to the family. I was privileged to work with David at Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint in the 80’s. His infectious laughter and ear to ear smile are cherished memories! My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

Linda Long

February 19, 2021

I met David through Turner Advertising. Only his warmth and charm exceeded his handsome self. We were friends from the start. We played tennis a few times. Personally he privately helped me at some very difficult times in my life. He was so touched when learning about my daughter with multiple birth defects. He helped her while losing her husband.
He came to many of my birthdays and helped me retain the famous Dan Broderick while living in San Diego. He share Amelia Island with my family after breast cancer. Heart of Gold fit David more than anyone I’ve ever known. I will always be grateful for his friendship and help. It was a profound loss to learn of his departure. He was magnificent.

Michael Fields

December 10, 2020

I served as the mayor in Cartersville from 2002-2008. During that time, David appeared in front of our council on several occasions regarding various land use issues. I was not aware of his passing until someone whom I had recommended call him for a rezoning case told me that he was deceased.
I had the pleasure of getting to know David a little on a personal level as well and respected him tremendously. I think he even sued us once and I still liked him. Reading his obituary and the memories shared on this board make me respect him even more. He was the kind of guy you wanted to spend more time with.
There aren't enough people like that.
I know that the family is still grieving and you have my deepest condolences. I am glad that I knew David.

margaret spasuk

November 20, 2020

To the Flint Family
Our Club Villas community is saddened to hear of David's passing. David gave willingly of his time and knowledge, serving on the Board of Directors. He was a valued member of our community and will be missed, by friends and neighours.
Margaret Spasuk on behalf of Club Villas ,Board of Directors

Steve Bennett

November 18, 2020

Mrs. Flint, I am so sorry to hear the news about David. I was going to call him today for some outdoor advertising advice like I often do. I was the Outdoor Advertising Control Manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation from 1972 until 1986. I retired in 1994 and often spoke with David after my retirement. Like I said I worked closely with David from 1972 thru 1986 and I say this from my heart he was always a pleasure to be around and I can truly say I have never met a finer man. Every memory I have of him is a pleasant and meaningful one.

george weaver

November 10, 2020

Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out through Marsha. David must have been a wonderful husband and father. I have thought about the many times you supported me in high school. I could not be happier that you found the love of your life. May God bring peace to your special family. Jack

Marion Pope

November 9, 2020

David was one of a kind and he always had a smile on his face. He was a close personal friend that made a strong impact in my life and I’m forever grateful for our friendship.
He made his mark in this world.
I’m praying for peace and comfort for the family in the days ahead.

Judge Marion T. Pope Jr

David G. Archer

October 28, 2020

David Flint and I met while we were students at Emory. We studied for the Bar Exam together, both passed and became lawyers during the same time period. All these years since then, we kept up a close professional and personal friendship. Ironically, my daughter Mary Ellen Lighthiser, has for the last few years worked for David and his firm. Without reservation, I believe that David Flint was one of the best human beings I have ever known. Also, he was one of the best lawyers I have ever known.

Heather Poole

October 28, 2020

To know David was to love David. May the beautiful memories the family has carry them through their toughest days.
RIP David...

Denease Mallett

October 27, 2020

I started working at Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint in my early twenties and worked for the firm nearly 19 years. For a period of time, David Flint’s office was just down from mine and he passed my desk nearly every morning. He came in most days and said good morning, offered a smile and sometimes asked how I was doing. I will always remember David as the senior attorney that made the office and its staff feel like family. I would sometimes help with overflow work and I can remember working on several of “Mr. Flint’s” edits. He was tough, but he made sure his clients were represented well. This meant that pretty much anything you did for him had to be perfect. We were always encouraged to learn as much as possible and the firm believed in helping you grow. I remember so many staff celebrations and David always seemed to enjoy giving gifts to others. I remember him having other attorneys empty their pockets of cash just so he could draw more names and give away more gifts. Mr. Flint always seemed to enjoy honoring attorneys and staff and it is only fitting that he be honored for all his years of hard work and dedication. Grateful that my family knows his family and we are keeping his lovely wife, Sandra, his sons, his daughter-in-laws, his grandchildren, other family, friends and anyone that worked with him at SWF in our prayers. I basically grew up at SWF.and I am very thankful for the years I worked at the firm. Thank you David for all your years of hard work and for making us feel like a family. You worked hard to establish clients and you were a part of a great team of attorneys that took care of its clients and staff. This success blessed a lot of families that worked at SWF. I appreciate your patience as I grew at the firm and my family honors you today. We know you will be missed at SWF, but your legacy will live on in many ways. We pray for comfort for the family in the coming days as you celebrate his life. God bless.

FROM THE FAMILY