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Emory Reed SOURBEER III


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Emory Reed SOURBEER III Obituary
SOURBEER, III, Emory Reed October 7, 1957 - December 12, 2017 Emory Reed Sourbeer III (Emory to his friends, Reed to his family) passed away peacefully on December 12 in his home in Atlanta, at the age of 60. He was born in Washington DC in 1957, the third son of Emory Reed Sourbeer, Jr. and Ruth (Sue) Sourbeer. He is survived by his mother and his two brothers, Rick Sourbeer (and wife Betty) and Geoffrey Sourbeer (and wife Rhonda). The son of a United States Navy Captain, Emory began his worldly travels at the tender age of 8 months, living sequentially in England, Bahrain, Beirut, Greece, Italy and the US. With an interlude at New College, Oxford University, he received a bachelor's degree in history, cum laude, from Duke University in 1978, where he served as president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He received a law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1982 and served as an associate and partner at Alston & Bird LLP for ten wonderful years. It was in such diverse places and institutions that Emory gained a keen appreciation of different cultures, a pitch perfect ear for authentic accents, an astonishing collection of jokes, a taste and talent for cooking complicated foods, and a love of people from all walks of life. These attributes set the stage for a life filled with gusto, joie de vivre, playful irreverence, unfettered ebullience, unfailing generosity, and intense loyalty. No one who met Emory ever forgot him or came away unchanged. His favorite companions were old folks, dogs, epicureans, plebeians, fools, wise men, and everybody else. Emory insisted on big celebrations commemorating every conceivable event, from his own birthdays, to election nights, to trash collection day in the neighborhood. There is no room for doubt that he would want his passing to be marked by sounding cymbals and peals of joyful remembrance. Let us give him his due. A memorial service and celebration of Emory's life will be held on Wednesday, December 20, at 11 AM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Guests are invited to gather at a reception in the parish hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Condolences may be sent to Emory's family at 4031 South Winding Oaks Dr., Homosassa Springs, Florida, 34446.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 17, 2017
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