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Diane Reasoner, Georgia Baptist public relations director, dies in car accident


DULUTH — Diane Reasoner, long-time communications specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention, was killed in an auto accident on Palm Sunday (April 1) in metro Atlanta.

Her husband, Richard Reasoner, 60, was injured in the three-car accident on I-985 that killed two and seriously injured five others. Richard Reasoner, clinical director of Christian Counseling and Psychological Service, Inc., in Suwanee, underwent initial surgery April 3 at Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition. According to a preliminary investigation, all involved were wearing seat belts.

Diane Reasoner, 57, had been with the Georgia Baptist Convention for 20 years. In her position, Reasoner oversaw the work of the Georgia Religion News weekly radio program, electronic media, Convention website, public relations, and print materials. She also served as editor of VantagePoint magazine. She was developing Georgia Baptists’ first Internet radio ministry that is scheduled to launch in May.

“Diane Reasoner was an outstanding servant of Jesus Christ and a uniquely gifted employee. Working closely over the years, we developed a deep-knit and abiding friendship. As a professional in communications, she was at the top of her field,” said J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

During her career, Reasoner received numerous awards, including five awards from the National Religious Communicators Council and four from Baptist Communicators Association. In addition, Reasoner served on the board of directors for the Religious Communicators National Association from 1993-2003 and as president of Baptist Communicators Association in 2001-2002.

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Diane Reasoner, who was killed in an auto crash on April 1, enjoyed her work as the Georgia Baptist Convention's public relations practitioner. In this image from a typical work assignment a few years ago, she begins video taping a local church event for convention coverage.

Reasoner was named the 1995 alumnus of the year at Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville, Fla. She was the first woman to receive such an honor.

“I feel a great sense of personal loss. Not only have I lost a treasured employee, I have lost a dear personal friend,” White said.

“While the way of life is an enigma, the reality is that through the glorious resurrection of Christ we are assured that Diane is in the presence of the Lord today. We miss her so much already, but we will see her again.”

Reasoner is survived by her husband; son and daughter-in-law Rich and Karyn Reasoner, from Suwanee; son and daughter-in-law Rob and Jennifer Reasoner from Wake Forest, North Carolina; and three grandsons.

Reasoner was a member, along with her husband, at First Baptist Church of Duluth. Contributions in her memory may be made to the church’s mission fund or to the ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention.


The audio of the Memorial Service for Diane Reasoner is available on the First Baptist Duluth's web site (