Mr. George Stephen “Steve” Willingham

Published 6:46 pm Monday, July 1, 2019

George Stephen “Steve” Willingham, 71, of Marietta, died on June 28.

Willingham was born and raised in Alabama, where he then attended Auburn University. 

Upon graduating, he relocated to Atlanta to work in the finance industry and continue his education. Willingham later moved to Marietta, Georgia where he settled down with his wife and two children. He has called Marietta home for the past 29 years. Willingham excelled in his career as an investment advisor and in his free time enjoyed watching Auburn football, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

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Willingham was preceded in death by his father, George Mack Willingham; mother, Mary Rodgers Willingham; wife, Julie Gross Willingham; and son, Bryan Willingham. 

He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Willingham; his brother, Ray Willingham; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family, all who loved him and will miss him dearly. Flowers will be appreciated, or those wishing to may make contributions to the Arthritis National Research Foundation ( or the charity of their choice. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. EDT for visitation and have a funeral service at 2 p.m. on July 7  at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328.