George H. Ivey Jr. of Atlanta died peacefully Feb. 24, 2014, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. He was 92.
Mr. Ivey was born in Norcross in 1921. He grew up in Chamblee, and was a graduate of Chamblee High School. He served in the United States Navy
at the Atlanta Naval Air Station during World War II
. After the war, he attended Oglethorpe University, Georgia Tech and Atlanta Law School. He became a prolific real estate developer, focusing his talents on hospitals, Air Force bases and office complexes, as well as building the powerhouse at Buford Dam. Mr. Ivey was a sixth-generation descendant of Hardy Ivy, who was the first permanent settler of Atlanta, circa 1833. This rich heritage laid the foundation for him to give many years of public service to Fulton County upon his retirement from real estate development. Mr. Ivey was one of the founders of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Federated Chambers of Commerce. He also served on the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce and the advisory boards of Mental Health, Northside Hospital and the Fulton County Board of Education. He was a member of the Buckhead 50 Club and of the Buckhead Rotary Club
. He was on the MARTA board over two decades and served as Chairman of MARTA.
Mr. Ivey and his first wife were charter members of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs. He was instrumental in bringing the Billy Graham Crusade to Atlanta in 1950. Throughout his life Mr. Ivey loved farming. He enjoyed spending time on his farm in Crabapple and eventually moved there. He named the farm Little River Farm. It included a dairy, a major egg-producing operation, cattle and horses. Throughout his life, Mr. Ivey loved people and genuinely invested himself in the lives of many. His laughter, storytelling ability and fun-loving nature won the hearts of all who knew him.
His first wife of 48 years, Julia Elizabeth Ivey, died in 1992. His second wife of 20 years, Julia Mitchell Ivey, passed away in 2013. Mr. Ivey was also preceded in death by his parents, George H. Ivey Sr., and Lillie Mae Nash Ivey; his brother, Harold Ivey; and sisters Margaret Stusak and Mary Sawyer.
Mr. Ivey is survived by his two sons, George H. Ivey III and L. Gregg Ivey; daughters-in-law, Paulette W. Ivey, and Paulette H. Ivey; grandchildren Joseph Daniel Ivey, Samuel Benjamin Ivey, Nathanael Andrew Ivey, Julie Marie Ivey, Brooke Christina Ivey, Gregg Ivey Jr; great-grandchildren, Rachael Ivey, Christina Ivey, Benjamin Ivey, Samantha Ivey, Juliana Ivey; brother, Billy L. Ivey; and sister, Betty Saladna.
The family will host visitation on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2014, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs at 1 p.m. The Rev. Ernie Forrester will officiate. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.
Mr. Ivey's family loved him dearly and affectionately called him Poppy. We cherish the wonderful memories and joy he brought to each of us and look forward to being reunited with him in heaven.