Ronald Emerson Rich

April 14, 1935 ~ September 20, 2022 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Ronald Rich Obituary

Ron Emerson Rich, age 87, of Clayton, Georgia passed away on September 20, 2022.


Ron was born on April 14, 1935 to the late Walter Emerson Rich and the late Hildegard L. Boeshaar Rich in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ron moved to Rabun County in 1977. He was a Christian and a member of the Clayton Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Optimist Club and a member of the Pilot Club. He was a volunteer for the Rabun County Historical Society and a past member of the Clayton Rotary Club. He was a graduate of Georgia Technical Institute of Technology, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In his life he had a broad career, ranging from construction, mining, the furniture industry and property maintenance. He was a loving father, grandfather, and husband to his wife for 66 years.


In addition to his parents, his brother, Kenneth Walter Rich and his wife, Elizabeth; and one son in law, Robert Williford; brother in law, Lt. Col. Bryan W. Fleming, Jr, MD, retired, preceded him in death.


He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary Ann Rich, of the home; his two sons, Bryan Walter Rich, of Clayton, John Emerson Rich (Wendy), of Winder; his daughter, Shirley Ann Williford, of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Stephanie Williford (Fiancée Jose Porras), Robin Williford (Wes); Josh Williford, Camryn Hetzel (Michael), Jacob Rich; his special nieces and nephews, Walter Rich, Maria Copeland (Ross), Susan Carr (Jimmy), Ann McClintock (Jim), Paul Rich (Kelli), Mark Fleming (Ann); several great-nieces and nephews also survive him.


A memorial service will be held on Friday September 23, 2022 at the Beck Funeral Home Chapel in Clayton, Georgia. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, with funeral service at 3:00 pm with Rev. Jim Carver officiating.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Community Pantry P. O. Box 403 Clayton, GA 30525 or to the National MS Society PO Box #91891 Washington, D.C. 20090‚Äč– 1891.


Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at


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September 23, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Beck Funeral Home
898 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525

Memorial Service
September 23, 2022

3:00 PM
Beck Funeral Home
898 Hwy 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525


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