George McKibben
1943 - 2020
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George E. McKibben, who taught at Jonesboro Junior High School in Clayton County, died April 7, 2020.He was 76.

The Clayton County school district said in a post on Facebeook that it recognized McKibben in 2018 for his impact on the community because, in 1967, he became one of the first black teachers to teach at a white Clayton County school.

"During his first year, McKibben began to open doors that substantially eased the acceptance of black students and teachers in what had been white-only schools in the county," the district wrote.

McKibben taught at Jonesboro Junior High for 11 years. He then helped open Mundy's Mill Middle School, where he drew the Razorback mascot on a wall of a hallway.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 15, 2020.
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June 25, 2020
Ive just learned of this sad news. I taught with sweet Mr. McKibben at MMJH and I have many fins memories of him. He loved his family and spoke of his girls often. May God bring you all peace and comfort.
Laurie Becker
May 12, 2020
It is with sadness that I write this. I've known George most of my life. We both grew up in Forest Park, GA and attended the same elementary and high school. George and my brother, Benjamin Williams were classmates ahead of me. It doesn't surprise me that George had a stellar career as an educator. I last saw George at our high school breakfast reunion in 2019 where all graduating classes came together.

My sincere condolences to his lovely wife, daughters and other family members. George is sorely missed by all those he came in contact with as he had a great impact on so many lives. Rest In Peace, power and love. Your life was well lived and you touched so many lives in an awesome way.

Ruthie Williams Mitchell
April 25, 2020
My condolences too your family god is with you all be strong with the love of god amen.
Annie Mapp
April 22, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God continue to comfort you during this time and forever.
Wanda Evans Horton and Family
April 21, 2020
My heart was so saddened upon hearing of Mr. McKibben's transition. I knew him as a church member and always admired seeing him and Mrs. Alvenese when I greeted them in the vestibule on Sundays. It is such a blessing to hear how much he loved his family because it was very evident when I saw them together. God bless and comfort you all during this time. Jackie Malone
April 21, 2020
Dad I miss your presence, smile, laugh, our talks,you comforting me, going out on our weekly adventures
Adrienne Mckibben-Halcomb
April 20, 2020
George will truly be missed by me because each Sunday at church I sat on the row in front of he & his family and I was always greeted with a smile and kind words. My condolences tto the family.
Bonnie Rice
April 20, 2020
My sincerest condolescences to the family. I pray you find strength and peace during this difficult time.
FeFe Sirmans
April 20, 2020
Mr. Mckibben was my 7th grade math teacher in 1967-1968;year. He was my first Black teacher along with Mrs. Hayes. It was at Jonesboro Jr. High. So sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and never let me get in a good nap.
Donna Morrison
April 20, 2020
I send my condolences to all of his family and loved one's.
Alma Favors
April 19, 2020
Mary Turner Gooding
April 19, 2020
I met George back in the 70s when Southlake Mall first opened he also work part-time at Sears catalog with me. We had many an interesting conversation and he was a joy to be around. years later my car broke down and I was taking Marta as I got on the bus I heard a friendly voice say Susan is that you and it was George he was driving the 79 friendly in East point. Sending love prayers and condolences to his family he was a wonderful man.
Susan Hyde
April 19, 2020
So sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. I met George at Frank Bailey Senior Center, and he quickly became one of my favorite friends there. I never saw George without a smile on his face. He laughed, he joked, and he was always surrounded by people. He was one of those people who always made you forget your troubles for a little while. His laugh could be heard above the noise. George was a kind and encouraging friend. Wherever he went the atmosphere suddenly became lighter and more positive. He was much loved, and will always be missed. God bless you, his dear family.
Patsy Kofi
April 18, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of George.
Frank Bailey Senior Center
April 17, 2020
My sincerest to the family of Mr. George McKibben. I will always cherish the memories that we shared. He was such a kind person with a warm heart and beautiful smile. He was more like a family member than a friend. Since the life that he lived speaks for him, I believe that he is resting in the arms of the Lord.

I pray that God gives you the strength to endure the days ahead. Much love, Brenda Adams
Brenda Adams
April 17, 2020
Well Done George - we Love you
George legacy is in the heart of so many of us. He fulfilled his calling in the earth and his memory is a treasure to those who were blessed to known him - God Bless the family with comfort and assurance of seeing him again in Christ Jesus. Much Love Family!
Humphrey Ellington
April 17, 2020
George you were a friend more like Family I worked at your house and fixed the floor met your Family and had good times at Frank Baily pleases to have met you and I feel you are now with God My prayers to your WIFE and kids and the rest of ppl who knew and loved you till we meet again Zack Gates your Brother in Christ
Zack Gates
April 16, 2020
Darletha Tucker
April 16, 2020
To The Family My Prayers & Thoughts will always be with all "Eternally". Takecare God Bless The Family!
Shirley Powell
April 16, 2020
To the Family I was so sadden of your lost. My Parents now deceased & myself has known him for at 3 decades. My Condolences to the Family my Prayers will always be with you. He was a great and kind man. He contribute so much to society. The world has lost an Angel but never will be forgotten. I just found out on the news I was devastated. To the Family get in touch with me on Facebook. Please if I can help in anyway feel free to contact me. Always & Forever In My Prayers. Love All!❤
Shirley Powell
April 16, 2020
My Teacher you were always there,right from the start. You were a special Teacher who taught with your heart. You had an infectious smile and spirit. May God continue to comfort your family during this time.
Mr. McKibben Best Teacher Ever!
M. L.King Middle School LC3 (1992)
N Watts
April 16, 2020
Dad I miss you so dearly. My life has forever been changed. The physical bond and spiritual bond is unbelievable.
Adrienne Mckibben-Halcomb
April 16, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Our prayer is that the Comforter hold on to you tight! Praise God for such a wonderful man! It has was a pleasure to worship God together in spirit and truth.
Charles & Pam Moore
April 15, 2020
Mr.Mckibben was an outstanding teacher, mentor and steward of the lord. I've been blessed to have Mr. Mckibben follow me through my spiritual journey and academic journey. He placed his hands and guided myself and many other young men that grew up with friendship community church. He always made sure to check in on me in my adult life and celebrate any accomplishments that I was blessed to achieve. Mr. Mckibben is a brilliant piece of history and a piece of our hearts
DeVon Hrabowski
April 15, 2020
Cassandra McKibben Dallas
April 15, 2020
Brenda Gipson
April 15, 2020
Sending our sincere condolences to your family. The Grigley Family will keep you lifted up in our prayers.
Carliss Grigley
April 15, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember my church member's ready warm smile and friendly demeanor. I hope the love you shared and your faith will provide you with comfort.
Ruby Ellington
April 15, 2020
Sending our heartfelt condolences to the McKibben Family. "A faithful man shall abound blessings". He was blessed with a beautiful loving family. May his soul rest in everlasting peace and he enjoy the promised rewards from Our Father who art in Heaven. With Deepest Sympathy. Ben and Gloria Robinson and Family, Baconton GA.
Gloria Robinson
April 15, 2020
I knew George from a little girl when we were growing up in Forest Park, GA. Always admired him for continuing his education and being a role-model to the young people in our neighborhood. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with him on our Fountain High Alumni Breakfast August 2019. We were just preparing to schedule our planning meetings for 2020 when COVID-19 swept around the world. I talked to George just before what would have been our first 2020 meeting on March 22, 2020 to let him know that the meeting had been cancelled. His last words to me was, I'll see you at the next meeting at your house. We will miss him. My condolences to the family from The Fountain High Alumni Breakfast Committee 2020.
Shirley Williams Nichols
April 15, 2020
A true man of God. You will be missed by all you who knew you. A real family man, your legacy will live on forever. My condolences to the McKibben family.
Gloria Whisenant
April 12, 2020
Mr. George McKibben always there when you need him. He was an excellent dresser, speaks when he will see you night or day and a very classy gentleman awesome to everyone. Shuntina Haymer - Rest in Peace!!!!!!!!!!
Shuntina Haymer
April 9, 2020
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains..when i look around at all my beautiful blue and white ceramic that I got from George it brings a smile to my face.. he will be missed
LILLIE & Jerome Golden
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