OBITUARY William E. Baughman DOB April 8, 1941 Philadelphia, PA William E. Baughman, age 70, of Atlanta, Georgia, died January 22, 2012 of cardiac arrest. Born in Philadelphia, Bill grew up in Arlington, Virginia, graduating form Wakefield High School, followed by securing undergraduate and master's criminal justice degrees from Florida State University and Sam Houston State University respectively. During his undergraduate years he was member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity in Tallahassee and Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a national law enforcement professional fraternity. In the mid-sixties, and between his university pursuits, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, entered OCS at Ft. Benning and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. He served as the commander of the post stockade at the Presidio of San Francisco. Bill moved to Atlanta in 1971 following graduate school to accept a position with the Georgia Department of Corrections where he subsequently held many administrative and management positions during his career culminating in his retirement in 2001. During his correctional career, he served as President of the Southern States Correctional Association and was one of the founders of the Georgia Correctional Association in which he served as its first President. He was also an active member of the American Correctional Association. Additionally, he was a charter member of the Criminal Justice Alumni Association of the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed his hobbies of fly fishing for North Georgia trout, woodworking and performing magic. Bill was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He is survived by his wife Jerrie, and their two children – daughter Alana, a legal assistant who lives in Statesboro, and son James, a track worker with CSX, and his wife Veronica who live in Dallas and two grandsons, Ethan and Elijah.

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  1. Jerrie, I am so sorry. I know words cannot help your pain but just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you!

  2. Jerrie,

    I cannot imagine what you are feeling, but please know you are in my thoughts & prayers. I feel very blessed to have known such a wonderful person. I love you.

  3. We are very sorry to hear about Bill,we enjoyed both of you very much on our trips and he will be missed.Tom Easley and Cindy Dillard Easley

  4. Jerrie,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. May God bless and comfort you and your family at this very difficult time.

  5. Jerri,

    I am so sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May all of your sweet memories comfort you in the days to come.

  6. Jerrie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful person and I know he will be truly missed. You are in my prayers. May the Lord bring you peace during this difficult time.

  7. Jerrie, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Please know that you are in my prayers now and in the days to come.

  8. Jerrie,

    What I am feeling right now is hard to put into words, but I wanted to say that we will all miss Bill; he touched so many of our lives…my thoughts, prayers and hugs will always be here for you…


  9. Jerrie,

    Sending my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear sweet Bill. Like many others, I feel so privileged that our paths crossed and I had an opportunity to work with Bill. He was a very accomplished and special man. Although his loss leaves a big void in your life and the pain you are experiencing is unbearable, the pain will lessen over time. May God be with you and your family.

  10. Jerrie, So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a very nice person and I enjoyed the time I worked with him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you. Ron

  11. Jerrie, So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a very nice person and I enjoyed the time I worked with him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you. Ron

  12. Dear Jerrie and Family,
    So sorry about your loss – praying that God will wrap his arms around you all and comfort you.

    Susan and Ray Ramon

  13. Bill was one of the good guys, during the “Golden Age of Georgia Corrections”. Well done, my good and faithful servant.

  14. So sorry to hear of the loss, Jerrie. Bill was a great man and a gppd friend and work colleague over the 25+ years we shared in the Department of Corrections. You’re in my thoughts and prayers in days to come.

  15. Jerrie, We are so sorry for you loss. Bill was a mentor and role model for so many of us. A true class act and as good a friend as anyone could ever ask for. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  16. Jerrie and Family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know Bill was respected and loved by many and he will truly be missed. May the Lord bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  17. So shocked – You and Bill were very dear to us. We loved working with both of you in Corrections. Hope to contact you soon. We know you were happy together and you will have those precious memories. Our memories of Bill will be work, good fun and the last time we spoke with you at our good friends Buddy Brooks funeral. My how things play out. Who would have ever thought. You are in our prayers tonight Tuesday 1-24-12. We just missed your call to Fred please call again 404-372-9932 or 404 312-7715 Martha later on when you feel up to it. You just called. LOVE YOU Fred and Martha Jackson, Georgia

  18. Jerrie, Alana and Jim, You are and will stay in our prayers. We love you and are here if you need us. Bill has done so much for GA DOC and SSCA. He will be missed more than words can say.

  19. My heart and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Bill was the first Deputy Commissioner I worked under in the DOC.

  20. Peace,Peace,Peace! Jerrie, Jim Veronica& Alana God will give comfort and strength to you all. Your friends are here for you,love you and will keep you all lifted up in prayer.

  21. Jerrie, Alana & Jim,

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for Bill’s loss. It was an honor to know & be able to spend so much time with him over the last 20+ years. He is one of the rare men that showed every day the true meaning of love for everyone and will forever be in our hearts.
    All our love.. Shane & Shannon

  22. Words cannot express the sorrow Johnny and I feel on hearing of the passing of Bill. It was honor to have worked around him and you for so many years. May God comfort you, Jerrie and all the rest of your family.

  23. Jerrie, May God Bless you and wrap his comforting arms around you and all who miss your wonderful friend. We are here when you need us.

  24. Jerrie, you have our deepest condolences. Bill will be missed. Evertime we used to speak, he would share a great story or some words of wisdom. I was really looking forward taking him on the lake with me and sharing a cigar. Please know that we will be here to support you in any way we can!
    God bless you, Alana and James!

  25. JB, so sorry for your loss. I know how much Bill meant to you. You know we are only a call away. We love you.

  26. Jerrie, it has been a long time since we communicated and I am very sorry it has to be at a time like this. I enjoyed working and being around Bill who had a vast knowledge of corrections that was not appreciated as much as it should have been. He’ll be missed. May God Bless and richly comfort you.

  27. Jerri, Just letting you know I am sending prayers and love to you. Bill was a good man and will be missed. Love, Trisha

  28. Jerrie: I was shocked as I reviewed my AJC of 01/25/2012 that I received today 02/02/2012 in the mail. Bill was fine fellow as an individual and smart as a whip professionally. He offered much to the GDC and was under appreciated there as time wore on as many others were as well. God bless and keep you and love to you and yours, Al

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