Donald Edward "Colonel" Packer

May 25, 1941 ~ October 20, 2018 (age 77)


Donald Edward “Colonel” Packer, age 77 of Cave Spring, died Saturday evening, October 20, 2018, in a Rome hospital following a short illness.

Mr. Packer was born in Cedartown, Georgia May 25, 1941, a son of the late Archie Emmitt Packer and the late Daisy Myrtle Miller Packer. A graduate of the Cedartown High School, Mr. Packer was an avid history buff, was a former member of the Cave Spring Historical Society, had volunteered for a number of years at the Cave Spring Welcome Center, and was a former member of the Freedom Seekers Motorcycle Club. Mr. Packer was associated with the Georgia Kraft Company for a number of years where he cruised timber and prior to his retirement, was in charge of the scale house.

Besides his parents, Mr. Packer was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Packer, and by a sister, Mrs. Bernice Crowe.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gail Broadaway, to whom he was married August 5, 1961; and four sons, David (Patricia) Packer of Tallahassee, Florida, Tracy (Nanette) Packer of Cave Spring, Jody Packer of Cave Spring, and Dennis (Amy) Packer of Deltona, Florida. Ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Brenda Burns of Cedartown also survive.

Mr. Packer was cremated and no formal services are planned.

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