Vivian Jeanette Roberts - known for her distinctly refined tone of voice, her love of vacationing in St. Croix, and her strong aversion to paper plates - transitioned from this life into her everlasting one on Saturday, July 20. 2013 at Hospice Atlanta.
The fifth of seven children, Vivi (as everyone called her) was born at home on Simpson Road on August 15, 1945. She attended E. C. Celement Elementary School, Henry McNeal Turner High School (class of 1963) and Spelman College (class of 1967), where she studied biology and chemistry. A best friend to Cynthia and Rosalind, fellow Teen Continental social club members, Vivi was not a fan of games and never learned to ride a bike - those were childish things, she thought, even as a child. Instead, Vivi enjoyed the more practical side of life, such as stealing away to scrub the floors or to indulge in an afternoon of grocery shopping season. It's no surprise she committed herself to a long-standing equally practical career in the sciences.
Delving into this new profession at Ft. McPherson, Vivi spent three years in the 3rd Army Depot; but when an opportunity came for her to focus on lab research, she signed on to work at Emory for nine years. Continuing her move on up the metaphorical corporate ladder, Vivi,, packed up her possessions and her two children in 1978 to move to Kalamazoo, Michigan, for what would become a ten-year run in pharmaceutical production managment for the Upjohn Company. While in Kalamazoo, she also became a faithful member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Her next career move took her to Greenville, NC in 1988, where she became the Production Manager at Burroughs Wellcome. She retired (for the first time, at least) in April 2002. Not one to stay idle long, Vivi reignited her career in 2005 and returned to her hometown of Atlanta, GA to work as Director of Production for Summit Industries. She retired (for real this time) in April 2010.
Besides being a hugh science nerd, Vivi also loved singing in Kalamazoo's Bach Community Chorale, enjoyed feasting on just about any fried food, and relished imparting words of wisdom to her children and other loved ones. :You need to buck up: and "You don't let one monkey stop no show" were just a few of her favorite expressions.
Vivi is survived by her children: Sherilyn Nicole Thompson of Atlanta, GA and Tauhric Allan Brown (Laura) of Kalamazoo, MI; five grandchildren: Jeremy Brown, Jasmine Brown of Kalamazoo, MI; Brianna Janae' Thompson of Atlanta, GA; Mataya Simmons and Sean Cummngs of Kalamazoo, MI: Siblings: Fleetwood Roberts, Jr. of Mitchellville, MD, Geralding Murdock, Ann Robinson, James Roberts (LaChanze) all of Atlanta, GA; Vickie Bulter (Aaron) of Stafford, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Brenda A. Harris was born on January 19, 1946 in West Point, Georgia to the parentage of the late Marie Harris and the Late Crowder Reese. Marie (mother) wanted a better life for her daughther and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Brenda attended Atlanta Public Schools, English Avenue Elementary and H. M. Turner High School. She began her Nursing Career at Grady Hospital School of Nursing, later received a BSN degree at North Carolinga Central University and a MSN degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brenda's career afforded her with many opportunities in nursing, Industrial Education, Air Force Flight Nurse to the rank of Major, and thrity-three (33) years as Nursing Supervisor at Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.
Brenda enjoyed domestic and international traveling, reading, arts and crafts, party planning, event planning, floral arrangements, and Jolly Ranchers candy, just to name a few activities.
Brenda loved children. She had several Godchildren and embraced activities of youth. For three of the four years that her young friend Benjamin Kornegay attended high school at the McCallie School in Tennessee, she attended Christmas Chorales and Hand Bells programs with his family to hear him sing with his peers. During the holiday season, Brenda, Benjamin, and his sister Katheryn, along with family and friends enjoyed past times dining at fine restaurants, attending plays, and concerts - her favorite was the African American Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brenda was a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Soroity Incorporated. She was known to use her own resources to coordinate activities for children at the annual picnic of Gamma Chi Chapter, a local affiliate of the organization. Brenda was a member of the Red Hat Society, and The National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses, Inc.
Brenda leaves to mourn two sisters: Carolyn Reese Cumberland of Lanett Alabama and Theresa Reese of Huntsville, Alabama; a circle of Angels and Caregivers; Reverend Paige Pritchard, and the Hapeville United Methodist Church Family; Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Family; The National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses Family; Intel Extended Stay Hotel Family, Seeds of Hope Family, Bettie Jones (Friend); and a host of friends and associates.
Lonnie Herman "Mickey" Jackson was born November 23, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the eldest son born to the late Lonnie Bernard and Bernice Pertillo Jackson. And also preceding him in death was his favorite aunt Lulla Belle Tillotson ("Yankie").
Lonnie Herman Jackson was educated by the Atlanta Public School System, attending Rosalie H. Wright Elementary School and graduated from H. M. Turnmer High School (Class of 1963). After graduating from high school, he attended Savannah State College for one year until being drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1965. During this time he served our country in combat during the Vietnam War. He was Honorably discharged in 1969. This decorated hero earned the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
During his adult life, he was employed by PPG Glass Company (retired in 2002); and was an independent trucking operator for KLLM, Panther, and Landstar.
Lonnie Herman Jackson was a member of Flipper Temple A.M.E. Church on Fair Street as a child and later on became a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Peyton Road.
Lonnie Herman Jackson transitioned peacefully on January 28, 2914. He leaves to cherish his memories: brother: Melvin Vonzell Jackson, Sr. (Barbara), niece: Bridgette J. Barney-Evans (Corry), Tia Jackson Arnold (Dennis, Sr.); nephew: Melvin Vonzell Jackson, Jr. (Koffey), Mario Vincent Jackson, Sr., Tracelyn, Antoninice Jackson; great nieces: Tiana Moton, Jamia Barney, Laurin Bolton, Joycelyn Barney, Makalah Jackson, Taylor Malone, Gabrielle Jackson, Mariana Jackson; great nephews: Tyler Jackson, Lexington Jackson, Dennis Arnold, Jr., Mario Jackson, Jr.; two great-great nieces, one great-great nephew, cousins, and cherished friends.
Mrs. Dorothy Scroggins Kenner was born on March 5, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Lamar and Fannie Scroggins. Dorothy, better known as "Dot," departed this earthly life to join loved ones and the heavenly host on January 8, 2013.
Dorothy attended Anderson Park Elementary School and graduated from H. M. Turner High School in 1963. She continued her education at Blayton College of Business. Her marriage of 51 years, "good years." was to Rev. James H. Kenner and out of this union, two sons were born - the late, Rayford D. Kenner and Andre' T. Kenner.
At an early age, she became a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Along with her husband, she joined the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Georgia and became a missionary. During the time of her sickness, she and her husband fellowship at the Trinity A.M.E. Church.
Dot began her work history as an operator at Southern Bell. Later she worked in the clerical area with Haverty Furniture, Sterches Furniture and finally at Nations Bank in North Carolina where she retired in 2006. Her health began to fail in 2007; and in 2013, God called her home.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving and caring husband, James H. Kenner, one son, Andre' Tremayne (Melanie) Kenner, a caring brother, Clifford (Joanne) Scroggins; Aunt Lillian Richardson; Uncle Charles Scroggins; five grandchildren: Rayven, Andre', Jr. Jazzlyn, Kayla and Milan; three aunts: Nell, Geneva, and Lula along with a host of sister-in-laws: Valencia, Jane, Linda, Rise'; brother-in-laws: Steve, Harrison, Dwight, and one monther-in-law: Mrs. H. H. Kenner as well as relatives and friends.
On Sunday, March 9. 2014 at seven o'clock in the evening, Beverly Williams Peasant, surrounded by her husband, daughter, grandson, brother, friend and love ones peacefully gave up her life here on earth.
Beverly was born on September 24, 1945, in Douglass, Georgia. She is the daughter of the late Earnestine Simmons and the late Earl Singletary.
Beverly attended the Atlanta Schools and graduated from Turner High School. She loved working with children which led her to work as a parent volunteer at Martha's Pre-School as a Teacher. Beverly also had a great love for dogs and treated them with special care, attention, and devotion. She also worked at Atlanta Life Insurance Company for several years where she was a friend and loved by all her co-workers.
She accepted the Lord at an early age and later joined the Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she served on the usher board.
Beverly leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted husband, George Peasant, Jr. monther-in-law: Emma B. Peasant; two loving daughters: Tongi Green and Jessica Mncube (Nkosinathi) and two sons: George Peasant, III (LaVivian) and Patrick Peasant (DeNedra). Grandchildren: Nazeerah, Jeremiah, Georgia IV, Joya, Trenton and Nathi. Adopted daugther: Lisa Baker, Brothers: Cedric, Cecil, Gary, Howard (Rosetta), Calvin, Robert, Clarence (deceased). Brother-in-law: John M. Peasant (Carol); sister: Jackie Singletary Murphy; sister-on-law: Gloria Boyd (Robert) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.