John Lawton Hager

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In Loving Memory of John Lawton Hager

John Lawton Hager passed away from Alzheimer’s at the age of 75 on May 11, 2022. He passed away peacefully at his home in Doraville, GA with his daughters and family by his side.

John Hager is survived by his daughter, Cathy Hager Cole, Son in Law, Jonathan Cole, daughter, Lisa Hager, Son in Law, Stephen Gurrola, and his grandchildren John Hager-Gurrola, Olivia Gurrola, Aubrey Cole, and Aiden Cole.

He is preceded in death by his Wife, Sharon Hager, who passed away at the end of 2020, Parents, John and Mildred Hager, and his beloved sister, Barbara and Brother, Richard.

John Hager was born on April 25, 1947, In New Jersey. He Graduated High School from Scotch Plains High School in 1965. He then attended college at Middle Tenn. State, which is where he met his wife of 47 years, Sharon. He graduated in 1970. He also received his Master’s in History from Austin Peay State University.

John proudly served his country in the U.S Army from August 1, 1969 – September 1, 1980, during which time he bravely fought for his country in the Vietnam War. He was also stationed in Germany and served as a Liaison Officer at the Embassy. John retired as a Captain in the US Army in 1980. He then joined the Army Reserves until he retired from the Reserves in 1989.

John married Sharon Boyers on April 28, 1973, and they had 2 daughters. After he retired from the Army, he moved his family from Tenn. to Atlanta to start his career in Human Resources. He worked as a Human Resource Consultant for Georgia Pacific for many years. He briefly started his own business The Lawton Group, However, he was offered a great position at Georgia Gulf, which is where he worked until he retired after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s

John loved being outdoors, he enjoyed running, or reading a good book by a lake or ocean. He was very good at playing Pool and played with a few leagues. He loved riding his motorcycle. He loved spending time with his family and friends. John was always the life of the party; He was always laughing, and he loved to make others laugh.

He will be missed greatly and never forgotten

There will be a Celebration of Life for John on Sunday 7/10/2022
From 1:00 to 3:00pm at the F.O.E located at
3118 Chestnut Drive Doraville GA 3030

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  1. Stephanie Joy says:

    Such fond memories of him…I’m glad that he is with Sharon, probably making all of the heavens laugh uncontrollably! My love to both of you, Cathy and Lisa.

  2. Dawn says:

    You girls are so lucky, to have had such a fun dad. I know he will be missed. I always think of him whenever I hear James Taylor. And I remember his great smile. I love you guys.

  3. Jennifer Cole says:

    Cathy, your family are in my thoughts. My condolences to you and your sister. We love you and my your Dad Rest In Peace.

  4. Mickey Bowers says:

    I was a XAP brother with John as we were in the same pledge class at MTSU. Those were very happy times, then life began, and I didn’t see him again. He was the ultimate joy to be around, and I hope he knew Jesus so we can see him again. I hope Heaven is full of people like John Hager. What a Brother, a Warrior, and Friend.
    Mickey Bowers

  5. alan floyd says:

    Johnny was a true brother. we all lived in the Beta Chapter apartments and just enjoyed being together and brotherhood that will last forever. I can hear John’s laugh now and I can see him in his bib overalls and that screaming eagle tatoo.

    • Cathy Hager Cole says:

      Thank you so much for sharing that. I miss his laugh and so happy to hear from those who knew him back in his younger days. He was an amazing father I can tell you that, I know he is in a good place though and I will see him again when it’s my time. Until then, sharing stories of him is the best way to keep his positive energy going.

      Thank you again, means alot to me,

      Cathy Hager Cole

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