American Field

Joe O. Milligan, Jr. — July 23, 1921—May 15, 2019

Sep 05, 2019
Joe O. Milligan, Jr.

In a recent phone call to the editorial office, Randy Floyd, manager of Dixie Plantation in Greenville, Fla.,  informed that Joe Milligan had died a few months earlier at age 97 after a brief illness.

Joe Milligan was affiliated with Dixie for many years and served as manager there in the 1990s.

Joe was born in Vidalia, Ga., on July 23, 1921.

After serving in the Coast Guard during WW II, Joe worked for Quarles Refrigeration in Savannah, Ga., before starting Baker Bros., Inc.,  in Tallahassee, Fla., where he worked in management for 38 years.

He served as president of the Continental Field Trial Club. He and the late Brantley Goodson  and others worked assiduously to ensure the high standards established by Gerald Livingston, his wife Eleanor and daughter Geraldine when they made Dixie Plantation home for the Continental Championships.

He retired as manager of Dixie Plantation after sixteen years.

Joe moved to Ft. Mill, S. C., some fifteen years or so ago to be near his grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and Florida State University sports but his passion was field trials and field trial bird dogs and the personal relationships that evolved in the field trial pastime.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Maureen; sisters, Sara and Frances; brothers, Aubrey, Rufus, Paul, Mayo; son Michael Joseph Milligan and grandson Caden.

He is survived by son Greg (Melissa); brothers Billy (Pinky) and Donald (Sandy); sisters Bernese and Ruth; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Joe Milligan was the epitome of the gentleman-sportsman. May he rest in peace.

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