Dec. 12, 1980 - Sept. 15, 2021
Carson McElheney entered into eternal rest on September 15, 2021.
A service in his honor was held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Sweetwater Farm in Thomson, GA.
Born on December 12, 1980, a lifelong resident of Atlanta, Carson was the epitome of the distinguished Southern gentleman; he exhibited refinement, strength, and honor in all that he did and with everyone he encountered. Carson was a loving husband, devoted father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, who had a true passion for nature and appreciated the beauty of God’s earth. His love for the outdoors and his tenacious work ethic were inspired by his grandfather. Carson was a passionate and skilled hunter, which he incorporated into his life’s work of landscape architecture. As the founder and principal of Carson McElheney Landscape Architecture, he built a successful business that brought his vision of preserving classical, natural landscapes to fruition. Carson established himself as one of the leading minds in landscape architecture, not only in Atlanta but nationally as well, as evidenced by his work being honored with two Philip T. Shutze awards, the highest recognition in architecture. Carson was especially drawn to the beauty of Sweetwater Farm, the beloved family farm in Thomson, Georgia, that was also the childhood home of his wife, Susan Joy. Carson and his family spent nearly every weekend and each summer at Sweetwater, enjoying the unique beauty of its rolling hills and taking comfort in the peace those surroundings brought them. It was here Carson instilled in his children an affinity for the elegance of nature, an enduring appreciation of its boundless grandeur, and an intrinsic understanding as to the importance of its preservation. This legacy, like the beauty of the work that he created, is alive, and will live on forever. Carson was a graduate of Woodward Academy and the University of Georgia. He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and attended The Cathedral of St. Philip. Carson was preceded in death by his grandfathers and grandmother, Doug McElheney and Helen and Hall Goode.
There was nothing more important to Carson than his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Joy Dallas McElheney; his daughter, Mary Brooks McElheney, his son, Carson McElheney; father, Terrell McElheney and mother, Carol McElheney; sister, Claire McElheney; several nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Southeast Chapter; 575 Pharr Road NE #12124; Atlanta, GA 30355 (404-348-3244); Belle Meade Hunt Foundation; P.O. Box 60; Thomson, GA 30824; or the Wrightsboro Quaker Community Foundation Inc.; P.O. Box 1816; Thomson, GA 30824.
Please visit www.beggsfuneralhome. net to sign the family’s personal guestbook. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is honored to serve the family of Carson McElheney.