In Memory: Kip Klein, Former State Representative

Funeral services for the Marietta attorney and former member of the Georgia State House will be today in Woodstock.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The following obituary was submitted by Lakeside Funeral Home:

Edward William Klein, III, better known as Kip Klein, a dedicated family man, attorney and public servant, died from complications with Parkinson’s Disease at his home in Marietta surrounded by his loving family. He was 63.

Kip, born and raised in Atlanta, received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the Dean Rusk School of Law at the University of Georgia. Channeling his passion for family values, he practiced family law in Marietta and took great joy in bringing families together through adoptions. In 2000 he received the “Angels in Adoption” award for the state of Georgia.

Always driven by strong conviction, selflessness, and a passion for public service, Kip was elected to serve as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1990 and thoughtfully represented the people of his district from 1991-1997.

He served as a member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Feed the Hungry Foundation, and a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta.

Kip was active not only in his local community but in the international community as well. He was chosen to be the envoy to Kuwait for the Atlanta Olympic Committee and to interact on a good will mission on behalf of the State of Georgia in the European Parliament by the European Community Visitors Programme.

Kip, who strongly believed in being a leader for young people, loved teaching them the joyous parts of his job and by his example showing them the benefit of uncompromising integrity and family values. Kip was known to many as a delightfully unassuming man who was never at a loss for words.

Always equipped with a charming and witty comment, he could lighten nearly any situation. Even as his health failed him, Kip continued to display an unwavering loyalty and devotion to his family.

Kip will be remembered as an exceptionally intelligent and good-humored man who loved passionately his God, his family, his country and the state of Georgia. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of compassion, strength, and service.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years Sharon, daughters Tate Ferguson and her husband David; Brittany Hunter and her husband Alexander; and Shannon Klein; brother Danny Klein; granddaughter Austen Hunter; and extended family: step-mother Winifred Klein, step-sister Caroline Alford and step-brothers Dan Boone, Major Boone, Carl Boone, Bill Boone and Bob Boone.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward William Klein Jr. and his mother, Dorothy Couch Klein.

A visitation of family will be held on Friday Dec. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. and memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

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