ATLANTA, GA—Sharon Herndon Rader, 80, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020, while surrounded by her family.
Born on May 19, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Richard T. and Mary D. Herndon of White Stone. She spent most of her childhood at the family home, Long Lane Farm, in White Stone. It was here that she developed her passion for the water, nature and animals.
She was a loving wife and mother who raised her family in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga. To enjoy their early retirement years, she and her husband returned to her childhood family home, Long Lane Farm on Dymer Creek, then later settled back to the Atlanta area to be closer to their children.
She will always be known for her energetic personality, her passion for inside and outside animals, and for her love for her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Robert R. “Bob” Rader Jr. They were married at Historic Christ Church on June 11, 1960. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Debbie Giddens (Randy) and their son, Stephen; her son, Robert Rader (Candise); her brother, David Herndon (Dee); her niece, Laura Griffith (Mark); her nephew, Hale Herndon (Amy); her four grandchildren, Rye Rader, Lauren Smith, Dylan Rader, Mackenzie Rader; and her four great-grandchildren, Maddie, Abby, Cela, and Sutton.
The funeral will be a small, private, family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Furkids.org, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that operates the largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter in the Southeast.