SCHAFFER, Joel Elliott
Joel Elliott Schaffer, age 74, of Atlanta, Georgia handed away on February 1, 2022.
Funeral providers might be held Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 1:30 PM in Reminiscence Hill Cemetery, 2390 Hartford Freeway, Dothan, Alabama 36305, with Cantor Neil Schwartz officiating. Interment will comply with, Holman Funeral House of Ozark directing. In lieu of flowers, the household suggests consideration of contributions to Temple Emanu-El, 188 N. Park Avenue, Dothan, AL 36303, or their charity of alternative. Condolences could also be expressed at www.HolmanFuneralHome.com
Joel was born on January 7, 1948 in Ozark, Alabama, the eldest son of Sylvia and Nathan Schaffer, the one Jewish household in Ozark. Joel grew up listening to Clear Channel radio stations in St. Louis, Atlanta and different locations far-off taking part in Large Band music late into the evening, filling his bed room with the soundtrack for his life and sparking a wanderlust in Joel that may quickly pull him away from Ozark.
In highschool, Joel was chosen to be a Web page for Congressman George Andrews of the Alabama delegation of the USA Home of Representatives in Washington DC. This expertise launched a lifelong curiosity in politics and political dialogue. He shared his father’s lifelong love of Crimson Tide soccer and made many pals inside the Tide soccer household equivalent to the good All-American Fred Sington, and his spouse, with whom Joel would typically meet at Michael’s Steakhouse in Birmingham on recreation day after which be pushed by them to the gates at Legion Subject to see the sport. An image of Paul “Bear” Bryant was personally autographed to Joel and proudly held on the wall of his eating room.
Joel graduated from Carroll Excessive College in Ozark, and attended Georgia State College. After a brief stint as an evening clerk for Professional Wrestler Paul Jones’ White Home Lodge in downtown Atlanta, and later for Fulton County voter registration, Joel discovered his residence with the Fulton County courtroom system.
Joel started as a clerk within the again room of the legal division and was rapidly moved to the entrance desk due to his endurance and talent to deal with the general public. Quickly after, Joel was promoted once more, this time to courtroom deputy clerk and calendar clerk and finally a Senior Judicial Case Supervisor for a who’s who of Fulton County judges, beginning with the Honorable Woodrow Tucker; when Choose Tucker retired, Joel served below former State Senator and future Chief Choose of the Georgia Court docket of Appeals, the Honorable Ed Johnson; when Choose Johnson moved to the Court docket of Appeals, Joel served below the Honorable Mel Westmoreland within the State Court docket of Fulton County; and when Choose Westmoreland moved to the Superior Court docket, Joel served below the previous legal professional for the Metropolis of Atlanta and State Court docket Choose, the Honorable Susan Forsling. Joel was additionally instrumental within the formation of the Fulton County DUI Court docket. Joel was a valued worker and solely labored for the perfect and brightest. Following his retirement, Joel relaxed and started an prolonged and enthusiastic exploration of his many and assorted pursuits.
Joel loved his annual journeys to Spring Coaching in Florida and Arizona and visiting ballparks all through the USA. Probably his fondest reminiscences had been his journeys to England along with his godson, Scott Miller, the place he lived his dream of visiting Chartwell, the house of Joel’s idol, Winston Churchill, and travelling from England to France through the Chunnel to storm the Seashores at Normandy. Joel loved his Dunhill cigars; Braves baseball video games with Scott Miller and Billy Rudolph; Katz’ pastrami; his mom’s cheesecake; the canine trio of Augie Doggie, Bernard, and Jolene; assembly broadcasters Vin Scully (one other idol) and a drunk Mel Allen; fantasy baseball; lengthy talks with Lane Miller; historical past books; sitting on the set of the Tonight Present taking part in the position of Ed McMahon; Baltimore crabcakes; speaking with Ted Turner within the courthouse toilet; hats; speaking with Ringo Starr within the courthouse toilet; Aunt Lillian: Pink’s scorching canines; Turners in Ozark; the Ice Home; oysters; and Dreamland. These had been just some of his favourite issues.
Joel is survived by his brother Steven Schaffer and sister Beth Schaffer of Montgomery Alabama. He’s additionally survived by David, Nancy, Lane (and Danielle) and Scott (and Erin) Miller, the household that he adopted and that adopted him and beloved him for simply being Joel. We are going to all miss his variety, mild, beneficiant and selfless spirit so very a lot.