George Sutherlin, born January 24, 1948 in Gadsden, Alabama; died on February 7, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia, surrounded by his family. He and his 45-year-old wife, Fair, had two children, Brett Martin and Brook Allison, in addition to six grandchildren; Connor, Grace, Georgia, Carter, Jack and Landon. His children and grandchildren were his greatest pride and greatest joy. George also had a great love for dogs and loved so many in his lifetime. He shared his life in recent years with Kim Schnell of Birmingham, Alabama. He was known to be a generous philanthropist, proudly donating during his lifetime to Piedmont Hospital, countless dog rescues, and several local charities close to his heart.
George attended Gadsden High School and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1970. He then began his business career in the automotive industry. In 1985 he moved from Gadsden, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia. Over his next 50 years, with hard work and unwavering dedication, he built an impressive empire and became an incredible icon within the automotive industry, proudly owning over 60 new franchise car dealerships. George has truly made a real mark in the automotive industry.
Everyone close to George would agree, he lived a full and beautiful life. He celebrated his successes without regret. He will be sadly missed by all and will be remembered for his unparalleled passion, humility, courage, kindness and, most importantly, his love for his family.
Funeral services will be held at Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden, Alabama on Friday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome.