Peter J. Daughtery, 53, of Columbus, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus after a brief illness.
Daughtery lived a meaningful, full life and loved his family, his friends, his Columbus community, and the Georgia Bulldogs. He grew up in Tennille, Cuthbert, Savannah, and Thomasville. He graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1986 and the UGA law school in 1989. He was a partner with Daughtery, Crawford & Brown in Columbus. He recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients.
Daughtery previously served as president of the Columbus Bar Association and the young lawyers division of the State Bar of Georgia. The Supreme Court of Georgia appointed him to a committee to address the unauthorized practice of law in the Columbus area. He was known for doing pro bono legal work for children in the areas of special needs education and truancy. He received the National Child Advocacy Award in 1996. He was vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Andrew College in Cuthbert and served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club, Uptown Columbus, and MidTown Columbus. He is a past president of Open Door Community House in Columbus and a former trustee of Magnolia Manor and The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
Daughtery's favorite roles were being a husband and father. He, his wife, and their only daughter were very close. He loved taking care of his girls, as well as their pets, Chuck and Blair. He met his wife after spotting her photograph at a fraternity brother's family home. He loved being a father figure and cook for many of his daughter's friends who spent the night at their home and went with them on vacations.
Daughtery is survived by his wife, Julie Wray Daughtery; his daughter, Meg Daughtery; his parents, the Rev. VL and Catherine Daughtery, of Valdosta; his brother, Vergil Daughtery III (Beth), of Waynesville, NC; his sister, Joy Dickinson, of Thomasville; his nephew, Gil Daughtery (Kimberly), of Stafford, VA; and his nieces, Sara Daughtery Fiffick (Ryan) of Brevard, NC, and Sara Dickinson, of Thomasville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Midtown Inc., Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home in Columbus, Andrew College, or Open Door Community House.
A Celebration of Life is 2 pm Tuesday, Oct. 31, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Columbus with Dr. Shane Green officiating. Visitation is at 1 pm Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the church.
To sign Mr. Daughtery's online guest registry, please visit www.mcmullenfuneralhome.com
Published on October 30, 2017