James Malone
CLOSED-Haugabrooks Funeral Home
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Atlanta, GA

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MALONE, James JAMES HIRAM MALONE Renowned artist, activist and author James Hiram Malone (JH) passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. James Malone was born March 24, 1930 in Winterville, GA to Sara Lena Echols (1908-1959) and Ralph Malone (1903-1986). James also had an older Brother Ralph Malone Jr. (1928-1950). Malone had his first art exhibition when he was 17 years old. Malone graduated from high school and joined the army in September 12 1950 and received an honorable discharge in June 22, 1959. James Malone moved to Detroit, MI in the 1960s where he was employed as a commercial artist and was heavily involved in the Detroit art scene. His cartoons satirizing the 1967 riots in Detroit helped the Detroit Free Press win a Pulitzer prize. He also contributed to the early fund raising efforts for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. James Malone moved back to his hometown of Atlanta, GA in 1986. He was employed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior graphic designer. James Malone was an enthusiastic advocate for his Grove Park neighborhood, famously painting the trees on his property. These beautiful designs were christened "Laughing Trees" and quickly became a local landmark. Malone lovingly recreated his old Buttermilk Bottom Neighborhood in his paintings and writings. He became a fixture in Atlanta's artistic, cultural and political communities. James Malone's work has been collected, exhibited and commissioned internationally. Recently, Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, GA hosted an acclaimed 60 year career retrospective of his work. James Hiram Malone is survived by his sons, Andrew Ralph Malone (Elaine) and Matthew Martin Malone, and two grandchildren (Julia Marie Malone age 3 and Martin James Malone age 1). James Malone is also survived by many family and friends, including his devoted companion Johnnie Thompson. Homegoing celebration will take place 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Antioch Baptist Church North (540 Cameron M. Alexander (formerly Kennedy) Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318). Reverend Cameron M. Alexander will offer the eulogy. Interment at Westview Cemetery. Visitation will take place Friday, April 14, 2011 at the Haugabrooks Chapel from 5 until 8 p.m. Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples Street SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310, will host a repast on Saturday, April 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Please note that James Malone's 60 year retrospective exhibition will be on display. Please donate to Antioch Baptist Church North or Hammonds House Museum in lieu of flowers. Haugabrooks Funeral Home, 404-522-8217
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2011.
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I am sad to hear of the passing of this great man who forever change my life. He was a great artist but an even better man of faith and courage. He taught we so much by example. I will always be proud to have called him my friend.
Tom Klem
November 27, 2011
Sincere condolences to the family from a former AJC co-worker. Rest In Peace, James.
Yolanda Turner
April 17, 2011
Blessings family as sharing in the thanksgiving for that ever-present smile and example of being in purpose for sharing the joy of God's creation; you and the world. Peace in knowing and appreciating the time of conversations in art and social responsibility. Evangelist Sharon J. Hill, the Public Eye Report, Powder Springs, GA
Sharon J Hill
April 17, 2011
My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. James Malone. He was a talented artist, author, and community activist that gave unselfishly of his time and talent.
Mi-Lan Henderson
April 15, 2011
May God continue to strengthen your hearts during this time and may you take solace in the legacy that James left behind.

With deepest sympathy, with love cousin,
Mrs. C. Doyle
April 15, 2011
The world can ill-afford to lose another artist, but your works revitalize your memory. May God Almighty grant you to learn further from him, the Greatest artist.
A. Calloway
April 15, 2011
You will be deeply missed, thank you for your books, and the love you showed my twin boys ( your little cousins), you were such a nice person and had a kind heart. No more suffering, God has you now, writing books for the angels above, xoxo
Amanda Huff-Armstead
April 13, 2011
To the family our prayers are with.
Thoughts of days gone by leaves us with tears of joy and sadness we'll miss you
Willie Jenkins Sr&Jr
April 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers remain with you all during your loss.

Rev. Douglas Demetrius Prather
Douglas Demetrius Prather
April 13, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. James was a wonderful artist and an "Old Fourth Ward" historian. We will miss him.
Eula Mitchell Samuel
April 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Leslie Williams
April 12, 2011
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