Milton Candler Emrey


Milton Candler Emrey Sr. (Tony) passed peacefully on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the age of 78.

He grew up in Cleveland, moved to Decatur, Ga., in his mid-teens and after attending a few colleges, voluntarily joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves where he became an Excellent Marksman.

Tony was an avid lover of the outdoors. He spent his free time hiking the Appalachian Trail, floated down rivers and creating his giant garden of which he shared delicious bounty with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

He always had a faithful Weimaraner by his side, including sharing a carriage apartment with a litter of 13 silver monsters!

He held various second "hobby" jobs over the years; a tree-cutting service, bracket making business, part-time construction business and rebuilt car engines. However, his main occupation was that of his father and grandfathers before him — as an engineer with the phone company.

He retired after 27 years and promptly took a contract position on a remote part of Indonesia for more than two years — years he said were some of his favorites, enjoying the beaches, jungles, food and culture.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Gordon Emrey (1994) and Marion Lawrence (Candler) Emrey (1988); and his son, Milton Candler Emrey Jr. (2019).

"Grumpy," as his granddaughters and family have affectionally dubbed him, leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Kelley Ann (Emrey) and Steven Ray Clark; and his two beautiful granddaughters: Sidney Jane Emrey and Sarah Candler Emrey, all of Gainesville, Ga.

"Grumpy" always wore a proud smile with any mention of his granddaughters.

Tony also leaves behind his wonderful niece and her family and his two amazing nephews and their families from Cleveland: Karen and Jon Collins (Jimmy and Katelynn), Bill and Lori Emrey (Sarah and Will) and John and Angel Emrey (Lexi and PJ); as well as his favorite cousins: Peggy Emrey and Betty Emrey of Atlanta, Ga.

"Grumpy" and his stories will be missed.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Little and Davenport Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation at or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at

Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at

Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway S.W., Gainesville, GA  30501, is in charge of arrangements.


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