Cliff Brashier, 69, died Dec. 20 after battling esophageal cancer,with which he was diagnosed this summer.
Brashier’s daughter, Caroline Brashier, said her father had surgery a month ago and the hard recovery resulted in pneumonia.
Caroline Brashier said she will remember her father’s good outlook on life, and said he was laid back and never serious.
“When he got cancer, he learned all the cancer jokes he could find,” she said.
Charles Ruffin, the president of the State Bar of Georgia, he called Brashier a good family man, “a close friend and mentor who helped create a wonderful working environment,” in a statement he released.
Cliff Brashier played tennis for The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a law degree. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Caroline Brashier said her father was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and became a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer.
Born in Louisiana, Cliff Brashier lived in Marietta with his second wife, Tammy, until they moved to Smyrna a couple years ago.
Caroline Brashier said her parents met through mutual friends, and Monday would have been their 23rd wedding anniversary.
A coach at home, at school
Cliff Brashier almost became a professional tennis player, but wanted something more stable, his daughter said.
Caroline Brashier said her father taught her the most about tennis, but also hit fly balls in their yard so she could
practice her softball skills and the two of them also played basketball together.
“He just helped me in any way I needed,” Caroline Brashier said. “He was the biggest supporter of me and my sister.”
Cliff Brashier has another daughter from a previous marriage, Lauren, who has three children and lives in Virginia.
Caroline Brashier played softball, tennis and basketball for The Walker School. She graduated in 2010 and remains the all-time leading scorer for The Walker School high school girls’ basketball team.
Cliff Brashier was the assistant coach of the girl’s middle school basketball team for The Walker School from 2003 until this year.
Barry Foy, the girls’ high school basketball coach for The Walker School, said Cliff Brashier liked every sport and “was gifted in a lot of different ways.”
Foy said Cliff Brashier was always calm, patient and able to explain techniques thoroughly to the team.
“Cliff was so great to have work with our middle school girls,” Foy said. “And the kids just absolutely loved him.”
Foy said Cliff Brashier enjoyed team work and helping the girls hone individual skills to advance the team.
“He was one of the best men I have ever known,” said Foy, who knew Cliff Brashier for 20 years.
A memorial service by the State Bar of Georgia is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Bar Center in Atlanta. Contributions can be made to The Walker School or the State Bar of Georgia Foundation to support the State Bar’s Law-Related Education and “Journey Through Justice” program.