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Sherod O'NEAL


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Sherod O'NEAL Obituary
O'NEAL, Sherod Lynn Sherod Lynn O'Neal, 65 years old, left us, peacefully on Thursday afternoon, October 12th 2017, to embark upon her path into eternity. Ms. O'Neal was born in 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia, daughter of the late Captain Sheppard D. O'Neal - a Tuskegee Airman, and Malinda King O'Neal. Lynn's brother Sheppard was close by her side in her final hours. Sherod Lynn O'Neal was a gifted soprano who sang concerts for colleges, churches, and professional organizations all her life beginning at age seven. Ms. O'Neal held a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music from Spelman College, Atlanta, and Master of Music degree in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. Ms. O'Neal also studied in Europe at the Pedagogiche Akademie in Graz, Austria; with the late Byron Warner, a trainer of Metropolitan Opera singers; Dr. Roland Allison, Spelman College; Betty Boone, Georgia State University; Donna Harrison, American University; and the late Tranas Long, former concert pianist, and Ms. O'Neal's first concert accompanist. Ms. O'Neal was a special student of Soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs. Ms. O'Neal was a former member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under the late Robert Shaw. She also sang in the Boston Symphony Chorus, and appeared as guest soloist with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra under the direction of Albert Coleman. She served as a visiting scholar in Music at Southern University at New Orleans, and she was the first minority American hired as a Voice Instructor at Rhinehardt College in north Georgia. Ms. O'Neal also took students as a private voice tutor. Lynn was a native Atlantan, but in early childhood she lived with her family in Ayrshire, Scotland, where her father was stationed during the Korean conflict. Lynn also was a fine pianist, played guitar, auto-harp, and composed songs and poetry. She was a member of the Atlanta Songwriters' Association, the Black Songwriters' Association, and Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Omega Chapter. Lynn was a faithful and active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where she sang with the church choir and the Singing Sisters women's group. She also was a member of the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus. For more than fifteen years, as part of her volunteer commitment, Lynn conducted sing-along sessions with senior citizens at the Springdale Nursing Home. In addition to her mother and brother, Lynn leaves many in extended family, warm friends, and confirmed admirers and associates, including former colleagues. All of us will forever feel the emptiness of the bright spaces Lynn left behind. May she ever be with us. A memorial service for Sherod Lynn O'Neal will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 400 Auburn Avenue, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30312. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation in Lynn's name to the National Federation for the Blind or the .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 22, 2017
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