(January 17, 2017) Retired Maj. Gen. David B. Poythress, a veteran of the war in Vietnam and the Georgia adjutant general from 1999 until 2007, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 73.
Poythress, who held the state rank of lieutenant general, had served as the Georgia secretary of state and the state’s labor commissioner. He ran unsuccessful campaigns for the governorship in 1998 and 2010.
He also served as the NGAUS vice-chairman Air from 2006 to 2008. He received the NGAUS Patrick Henry Award in 2008.
Poythress graduated from Emory University’s Air Force ROTC program in 1964 and earned a law degree from the university in 1967. He entered the active-component Air Force as an assistant staff judge advocate that same year. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, three grown children and eight grandchildren. Details about a memorial service will be released by the family. The family asks that gifts be made in his name to the State YMCA of Georgia (ymcaga.org/donate) or the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation (georgiaguardfamily.org/donate).