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Longtime GAEA Chairman Sutherland Dies

Gene Sutherland, who served as chairman of the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority since its inception in 1985, died on March 6. He was 83.

Sutherland was born on June 19, 1935, in Atlanta, to the late Andrew Washington and Lucy English Sutherland.  He is survived by his children: Bonnie and Frankie Wilson, Connie and Kenny Hopkins, Diana Earwood and Gene and Delee Sutherland and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joan Miller Sutherland, his oldest son, Andrew Norris Sutherland, great granddaughter, Hadley Wallace, his parents, Andrew and Lucy Sutherland; grandparents: James E. and Elvia Moss English and Jule E. and Pearl Milford Sutherland.

An Atlanta native, Sutherland worked with his parents in the family business, Sutherland Produce, from 1947 until his death. His vision and business acumen propelled Sutherland’s to the success it enjoys today as Sutherland’s Foodservice.

Sutherland’s online guest registry is available at