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Joshua Henry Wisebram

Joshua Henry Wisebram, 86, a native of Barnesville, recently residing in Atlanta, died December 27, 2009. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jeanne Wisebram; daughter Dr. Diane Wisebram and her husband Edward ‘Doc’ Jewell; son Steve Wisebram and his wife Woodie Wisebram; grandchildren Witt Wisebram and Harden Wisebram, all of Atlanta; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Shirley Aronin. Henry graduated from Gordon Military College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His college education was interrupted by WWII. Henry spent over four years in the US Army and was dispatched to the China, Burma, India theatre, where he attained the rank of Major at the age of 20. He retired from the Reserves at the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the war, Henry finished college and returned to Barnesville and the family business, Wisebram’s Department Store, which his father Elijah had founded in 1919. Henry was active in his community, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rotary Club, commander of the American Legion, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gordon Military College. He served on the Industrial Development Authority, chaired the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and was instrumental in bringing public housing to the city of Barnesville. Henry was one of only three recipients of the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award given by the Chamber and like his father, was a Barnesville Citizen of the Year. He was a proud Eagle Scout and served as president of the Flint River Council. He was appointed by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission, the Select Committee on Constitutional Revision, and served on the advisory board to the Georgia Office of Fair Employment Practices. Henry was dedicated to and loved his hometown, the people of his community, and his family. Sign online guestbook at In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 2 pm at Greenwood Cemetery (1173 Cascade Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30311) with Rabbi Scott Saulson officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta 770-451-4999

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