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Pass, Mack - Maysville  
Pass, Mack Maysville , 55, of died 5/18/2015 Arrangments by Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 21, 2015
Priest, Sylvia Sholty  
Sylvia Sholty Priest passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of 5/15/15. Born in Tokyo on April 14th, 1924, to missionary parents, Sylvia remained deeply connected to the culture of the East throughout her long, rich life. Arriving in the United States at age three and a half, she wandered the woods and lakes of rural Indiana where she cultivated the sense of wonder and love of adventure that became such notable aspects of her character. She graduated in 1946 from Indiana Central College, where she earned her degree in biology and was certified as a teacher. Through a college friend she met her beloved husband Carl Priest. After Carl returned from France, where he was stationed during WWII, he and Sylvia were married. They cultivated a deep understanding of each other and shared a remarkable adventure in growth for sixty-two years. Sylvia was a truth seeker, truth teller, philosopher, true friend, artist, wife, and grandmother. She was a mentor to many. She raised her four sons (Glenn, Kent, Neal and Keith) and deeply influenced many others with her adventure-loving, intuitive and determined nature. A pragmatic and humble woman with a deep spiritual center, Sylvia introduced her children and friends to an eclectic range of authors including Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, P.D. Ouspensky, Aldous Huxley, Buddha, Confucius, Alan Watts and Kahlil Gibran. When her boys departed for college and professional schools, she opened her home to international students from the Asia-Pacific Region. She loved the cultural exchange and the young women who filled her empty nest as new-found daughters. Carl and Sylvia retired to Athens, Georgia in 1987 to be near her third son Neal, an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital. Her son Keith later moved to the area and cared for her until her last day. Sylvia died the day after a neighborhood cruise on her new-fangled favorite toy, an electric-powered tricycle. Sylvia leaves behind four sons, several grandchildren and many dear friends. She believed that human consciousness is reflections of reflections and that in this Universe, we are ALL interconnected. In a friend's words: "I was impressed by her extreme sense of personal integrity and honesty about what she thought and what she believed. She stood before the wonder of the Universe with both eyes wide open and with an open mind and heart." Sylvia wrote in her poetry: "We are but clods of clay through which joy passes; Joy, sorrow, pleasure, pain Moments turned to memory - In the hallowed halls of Consciousness" - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "May the Spirit of Love Flow from our hearts As the fragrance of a rose - EVERYWHERE –" Each evening at bedtime Sylvia whispered the childhood blessing of "good night" that she had learned in Japan, often adding: "and sweet dreams." All who knew and loved her bid Sylvia "Oyasuminasai" and sweet dreams. ???????? In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider a donation to Save the Children, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, the American Civil Liberties Union, or the Asian-American Student Association at UGA. Lord & Stephens East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com 4/14/1924 - 5/15/2012
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 21, 2015

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Parks Sr., A. O.  
Armond Odell Parks Sr. passed away on May 17, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. A Graveside service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 11:00am. A.O. was born on December 14, 1920 in Rector, Arkansas. He proudly served in the United States Navy flying F4 Wildcats in the Pacific theater until he was medically discharged. He was a graduate of The University of Georgia School of Law, Class of 1951. Prior to receiving confirmation of passing the Georgia bar, A.O. had already started his own law firm. He was a confident and passionate man who pursued many ventures throughout his life including lawyer, pilot, architect, and inventor to name a few. A.O.'s 72-year love story began in 1943 and continued in 1947 when he married Elizabeth "Libby" Logan at Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens. His family and friends loved A.O. dearly. He leaves behind his lovely bride Libby, sons, Armond (Angela) Parks and Ranel (Beverly) Parks; daughter, Venita (Mike) Geyer, 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law; 3 nephews; and 1 niece. John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.bridgesfuneral.com 12/14/1920 - 5/17/2015
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 18, 2015
Parks, A. O. - Athens, Georgia  
Parks, A. O. Athens, Georgia , 94, of died 5/17/2015 Arrangments by Bridges Funeral Home, Athens.
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 17, 2015
Porter, Murray - Atlanta  
Murray Israel Porter, age 90, of Atlanta, formerly of Chattanooga, died on May 18, 2015, of congestive heart failure. Murray was preceded in death by his loving wife, Muriel Porter. He is survived by his three daughters, Ellen Freedman (Terry), Carol Kurtz (Paul), and Joan Blumenfeld (Richard); and grandchildren: Mathew Freedman (Ashley), Lee Freedman (Rumi), Benjamin Kurtz (Claire), Dennis Blumenfeld, and Amy Bledsoe (Roger). Dr. Porter was born and raised in New York City and served in the United States Army during World War II. He also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, where he earned his degree. He and his family made Chattanooga home for many years. Dr. Porter was known for his love of family, friends, Judaism, and his community. He was one of the founding members of the small orthodox synagogue in Chattanooga, Beth Shalom, which he worked tirelessly to keep vibrant. He was one of those the rabbis knew would never say "no" to anything asked of him for the welfare of his synagogue. He also worked for the Chattanooga Jewish Federation. Most of all, he loved his family and spent a happy life as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Dr. Porter's faith was strong, and he loved living his daily life. He exemplified goodness, and showed his beautiful soul by caring for others and living each day to the fullest. Sign on-line guestbook: www.edressler.com . Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, with Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation B'nai Torah, the William Breman Jewish Home, or Hadassah. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta 770-451-4999. 7/11/1924 - 5/18/2015
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 19, 2015
Pruitt, Joe - Danielsville  
Pruitt, Joe Danielsville , 89, of died 5/19/2015 Arrangments by Pruitt Funeral Home, Inc., Royston.
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 19, 2015
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