1965 - 2016
STALEY, Angela Angela Humphreys Staley of Atlanta, Georgia, age 50, passed away on the morning of June 4, 2016, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Her death was a result of liver complications following her ten month battle with small cell lung cancer. She was surrounded by family and her closest and dearest friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Susan Garrett Humphreys of Johnson City, TN, and her grandparents, who raised her from the age of seven following her mother's death, Louise B. Garrett and Robert J. Garrett of Johnson City, TN. She is also preceded in death by her father Roger Humphreys, and his parents, Patricia Humphreys and Frank Humphreys of Johnson City, TN. Left to cherish her memories are her best friend and husband, Daniel ("Dan") A. Staley and her children the joys of her life Quentin ("Q") Alexander and Rachel Elaine Staley. Angela is also survived by her aunts and uncles who, raised alongside her by Louise and Bob, were essentially big brothers and sisters: Bobby Garrett (and wife Karen), Jenifer Bales (and husband Michael), Beverly Woods and Geoff Garrett (and wife Jan), all currently from Johnson City, TN, with the exception of Geoff and Jan of Tacoma, WA. Angela is survived by her paternal aunt Gail Humphreys McKinnon of Nashville, TN, who was also like a big sister to Angela. She is also survived by: cousins - Brandon Garrett, Lauren Garrett, Christine Bales, Brittany Bales, and Abby Garrett all from Johnson City, TN, and Abby from Tacoma, WA. Her loving in-laws include Dan's parents Henry Alan Staley and Joanne Horvath Staley of Montgomery, AL, and brothers and spouses Scott Charles and Kimberly Sims Staley of Atlanta, GA, and Timothy Alan and Suzanne Neville Staley of Las Cruces, NM. Angela was a devoted aunt to Quincy Ann and Kalman ("Kal") Staley of Atlanta, GA, and Sylvia B. Staley of Las Cruces, NM. Angela Staley was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on November 17, 1965, the first and only child of Susan Garrett and Roger Humphreys. Despite the tragic loss of her mother at a young age, Angela was determined to make something of her life. She matured quickly and almost immediately starting planning how best to become the person she in fact became. Her determination (her family sometimes called it stubbornness) served her well. She made excellent grades in school, was extremely organized and learned how to become a leader. She was a high school cheerleader and involved in many school activities. She enjoyed spending time at Boone Lake and loved to water ski. She did everything with joy and to the best of her ability, which ultimately helped her become an amazing person, wife and mother. She graduated from University High School on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City in May 1984. While many of her classmates and friends planned on attending the nearby University of Tennessee, Angela yearned for a fresh start and a place to make her own mark, so she enrolled at the University of Alabama -- which also happened to be UT's biggest rival. Alone and knowing less than two people in the entire state of Alabama, Angela went through sorority rush and found an amazing group of sisters at Phi Mu (Alpha Zeta chapter). One of her closest sorority sisters, Hilary Howard, described Angela as "one of the dearest people you could ever meet and we all respected her leadership as our sorority President". Angela served as Phi Mu Treasurer during her junior year and President her senior year. She was also known by her sisters for "always having a smile and a kind word for everyonea calm, rationale voice among our crazy bunch of beautiful inside as she was outside." During a social function on the Sunday before classes began (Sept. 2, 1984), Angela met her future husband Dan Staley, originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Their first date was attending Alabama's opening football game against Boston College on September 8, 1984, where 67,821 watched Doug Flutie, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, lead an amazing comeback to beat Alabama 38-31. They may have lost the football game but they each gained a crush and the rest, as they say, "is history." Angela always talked about how much she treasured her college experience. Angela and Dan were engaged during their senior year and married July 23, 1988, following graduation. Angela graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting and a job with Price Waterhouse in Atlanta. After two years of audit work and completion of her CPA, she left the "Big 8" for Taylor & Mathis where she had various roles, including Accounting Manager for five years. Her final professional position was Accounting Manager / Bookkeeper for Racquet Club of the South. In 1996 she retired from professional accounting to assume a full-time role as Mom and house manager. Angela gave birth to Q on September 21, 1996. We are not sure if it was the heat of that Olympic summer in Atlanta or Q's eagerness to make is mark on this world, but he arrived six weeks prematurely. The doctors reported that Q was so frail and premature that he may never walk. After weeks in the Northside ICU, tiny Q finally came home heart monitor and all. Angela nurtured Q into the 6'2" athletic giant that he is today. After taking a few years to work back up the courage for another pregnancy, she gave birth to daughter Rachel on May 22, 2000. Being the rule follower that Rachel is, she arrived as expected, without any complications. Angela and Dan shared a wonderful 27 years and 10 months of married life together. When Angela had a spare moment not focused on Dan, the kids, the house, or the dogs, she was playing tennis. Even though she didn't start playing until after college, tennis was her passion. Her family lost track of the number of ALTA, USTA, and T2 tennis teams that she was on multiple every season of the year. Her collection of "bag tags" weighed more than her tennis bag. She made sure that both kids were swinging rackets by the time they were five. Her dream for them both was to have the gift of tennis a lifetime sport and to be able to compete at a high level with the option to play in college if they so desired. Three of her greatest joys over the last two years came from Q turning 18 so that he could officially become her mixed doubles partner during league play, watching Rachel play a key role on the Riverwood tennis team's march to the final eight last year and final four this year in the high school state playoffs, and, finally, watching Q complete at the collegiate level for the SCAD Bees in Savannah. Her personalized license plate was: "10SFMLY" (tennis family) and she wasn't kidding. Hagen Endler, her and the kids' Tennis Academy of the South ("TAS") coach and the Chief Architect of the 10SFMLY, had this to say about Angela: "One of the most amazing, toughest and caring people I'd ever met. On the court she was competitive and hated to lose -- always eager to get into the net and finish the point". The mental toughness and fortitude that it takes to play tennis prepared Angela well for her toughest opponent cancer. Diagnosed in September 2015, she adopted the phrase: "FIGHT, HOPE, WIN" and used it daily. She beat her cancer into submission by December 2015, but it came back for another fight in March of 2016 and did not play fair the second time around. Her tennis partners have pledged to use her battle cry and play with grace, remembering her in their hearts every time they open a fresh can of tennis balls. As a member for well over 20 years, her memorial service will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 10, 1:00PM. The family will receive friends in the church's Welcome Center immediately following the service. Angela sincerely appreciated all of the support and encouragement from her many friends and family. While there are far too many to name, special acknowledgement goes to Angela's aunt, Jan Garrett, who flew from Tacoma, WA, nearly a dozen times to spend critical weeks with Angela while Dan traveled for work. Jan served as Angela's confidant, friend, surrogate Mom to Angela and to Rachel and, in the final months, as one of the best nurses you could ask for. Additional thanks to Jenifer Bales from Johnson City, TN, another aunt, who spent her entire month of May 2016 with us serving as a beacon of hope and light for the family during the toughest and darkest days. Thank you to Tammy Weaver, one of Angela's best friends, for helping Angela look her best as cancer tried to rob her of her outer beauty. By arranging wig shopping days and in-home pedicures when Angela was too weak to get out, Tammy helped Angela score a victory on that front. Thank you to Paul Hackett and Mark Crumpler for their faithful ministry to Angela. Mark's devotionals and frequent visits served as a great source of hope, peace and motivation. Paul was one of those with her at the very end, praying over her and gently guiding her into the Lord's hands for her next glorious chapter. Thank you to Angela's sister-in-law Kim Staley for organizing meals for the family and for being there to help regardless of the need. Thank you to Nick Weaver and Heather Hackett for always reminding our little group of friends that "life is good" and "I love us" during the great times and tough times over the last twenty plus years since we first met at Peachtree Presbyterian Sunday School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Sandy Springs Tennis Association where a scholarship has been established in Angela's name so that underserved children can learn the game of tennis and other life skills ( Kids-Luv-Tennis was the cause where Angela intended to devote her time and resources. Online condolences may be expressed at And always rememberFIGHT, HOPE, WIN!
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jun. 8, 2016.
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So sorry to see this! Saw Q play a few times. Prayers for the Staleys lifted from bend creek road / tom bynum & family
tom bynum
June 9, 2016
Praying for the family. So sorry for your loss...I enjoyed caring for Mrs. Staley. She will be missed!
-Alisha (Northside Cancer Center Nurse/Radiation Oncology)
Alisha Childs
June 8, 2016
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