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Kingsley John Morris – 1949 – 2017

Kingsley John Morris was born December 22, 1949 to Adassa C. Morris and Jonathan N. Morris in St. Andrews parish of Kingston, Jamaica. He was educated at Halfway Tree Primary and Tarrant secondary schools. He completed his education at Kingston Technical College in 1970 and graduated valedictorian of his class. In June 1972, Kingsley married Doris Gooden and they remained happily married for almost 45 years until his death. Kingsley and Doris immigrated to the United States in 1973 settling in Queens, New York and eventually resettling to Atlanta, Georgia in 1980. Kingsley had several positions as an automotive technician before opening his own business Morris Foreign Car Service in 1985. He retired from the business in June 2001. He concluded his career in the automotive industry with the Manheim Group in September 2013.

Kingsley was an avid fan of motorsports ranging from NASCAR, IMSA, Formula 1, JAMSPORT, and SCCA racing. He went on to field his own race car in the SCCA organization starting with a Lotus Cortina in the B Sedan class. He fielded several Datsun B210’s in the GT4 class. His last race car dubbed “The Yellow Bird” was his favorite car. Kingsley achieved a number of podium finishes throughout his racing career culminating in winning the 1997 SAARC championship. Kingsley had a very complex personality. He was serious, yet charismatic, compassionate, insightful, and very funny. He was respected in the automotive community for his vast amounts knowledge, problem solving capabilities, his attention to detail, and his “Can Do” positive attitude. He had the ability to attract people from all walks of life. He was well respected by all who knew him and considered a natural leader. Additionally, he was a loyal parishioner of Central Christian Church for more than 30 years and he was a member of the men’s choir and served the church in various capacities.

After a long battle with cancer, Kingsley passed away on January 30, 2017. Those left to cherish fond and precious memories of Kingsley are his devoted wife, Doris Morris; children and spouses:  Margaret Morris-Seals (Vincent), Althea Morris-Johnson (Steven), and Rosalyn Jackson-Bunting (Warren); grandchildren: Simone Seals, Vance Seals, Tatiana Smith, Tristan Bunting; brothers and spouses: Louis Morris (Daphne), Errol Morris (Phylistine), Paul Morris (Yvonne), Courtney Morris (Daisy), Devon Morris (Lorna) and Ignatius Morris. He is also survived by a large extended family consisting of in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

Services will be held at Central Christian Church 1916 Dodson Drive SW Atlanta, Ga 30311 on Saturday February 11, 2017. Viewing will begin at 10:00am and will be followed by a funeral service at 12:00pm. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery 5755 Mallory road College Park, Georgia following the funeral service. A repast will be held after the burial at Central Christian Church.

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Bryan Cloud – 1961 – 2017

The Atlanta Region is saddened to announce the passing of member Bryan Cloud. He was active in F&C for many years and had recently moved to working in Timing and Scoring. Bryan was dedicated and hard-working and was very much appreciated on the corner and in the tower. He will be greatly missed by his racing friends.

Bryan Anthony Cloud, age 55, of Cumming passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017. Bryan was Operations Manager for Veolia Water. He loved music, singing, playing guitar, harmonica, and bass. Bryan had a passion for living, people, and especially animals. He is preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Cloud; and a brother, Mitchell Cloud. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Cloud of Cumming; father, Ralph Cloud of Ball Ground; sister, Phyllis Cloud of Ball Ground; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home Chapel, 210 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, Georgia, 30040. (770) 887-2388 http://www.ingramfuneralhome.com/home.html In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Forsyth County Humane Society.

 

Kenneth Emory Irwin – January 20, 1955 – January 13, 2017

Mr. Kenneth Emory Irwin, age 61, of Atlanta, died January 13, 2017, following an extended illness. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12 noon at Piney Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery in Washington County.  Reverend Mike Bankston will officiate.

Mr. Irwin was born in Stuttgart Germany, the son of the late Emory Irwin and the late Mildred Ivey Irwin. He was a long time resident of Atlanta, where he worked as an administrator in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ken was a sports car enthusiast and was an active member of the Sports Car Club of America. He enjoyed officiating at various racing events.  He was also proud of his Scottish heritage and participated in numerous Scottish festivals.

Mr. Irwin is survived by a brother, James A. Irwin of Atlanta and numerous friends and extended family.

May and Smith Funeral Directors in Sandersville is in charge of the arrangements.

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Rita Rutter

Rita & her husband Charles were Atlanta Region members & F&C workers when Road Atlanta began. She was also a tower communicator. Rita Rutter, 67, Gulf Breeze Florida, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 after a long illness. Charles still lives in Gulf Breeze.

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Oct. 26, 2016.

Herb O’Toole

Herb first joined us in the Tech Shed at Road Atlanta around 1999 or 2000 and quickly became a valued member of our team. Whether discussing the merits of a 2-stroke Saab or the finer points of the SCCA fuel test procedure (and how to get around it…), one could look forward to an informed, delightful, and often humorous conversation. I will not soon forget the twinkle in his eyes and will forever be in his debt for his guidance in the history and heritage of the Irish.

Susan Lovett Coleman

Susan Lovett Coleman died on August 10, 2013, from complications due to a hemorrhagic stroke suffered on May 5, 2013.

The daughter of the late Heyward Meriwether and Helen McCall Lovett, Susan is survived by her husband, F. Alan Coleman of Hickory; son, Heyward K. Wagner, his wife, Julia Haverstock, and their child, Coleman J. Wagner, of Asheville, and son, Mitchell P. Wagner, and his wife, Meghan, and their child, Marshall P. Wagner, of Saginaw, Michigan; brothers, Dr. Robert W. Lovett, of Winston Salem and his wife, Miriam, and Commander Heyward M. Lovett, Jr., USN Ret., of Oceanside, California and his wife, Seiko.

Susan was born in Delhi, New York, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the Lovett and Westminster Schools. A graduate of Emory University, Susan was an employee of the Catawba County School System, most recently serving at St. Stephens Elementary School.

A long-time Clerk of the Vestry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Hickory, Susan also served her community as a board member of the Hickory Soup Kitchen, and was one of the co-founders of the Hickory Soup Kitchen medical clinic which has since become part of Cooperative Christian Ministries. Susan was also the founder and organizer of Hickory’s annual Castle of Cans Food Drive.

A decades-long member of the Sports Car Club of America, Susan was a past recipient of the Southeast Division’s highest accolade, the John C. Reuter Award. As one of SCCA’s volunteer officials, Susan worked hundreds of sports car races and hillclimbs across the United States and was one of the sport’s acknowledged masters of Flagging and Communications.

Charlie Earwood

It’s difficult to write the history of amateur and professional sports-car racing in the U.S. without mention of C.L. “Charlie” Earwood, a well-respected driver, promoter and official for some of America’s top sports-car racing organizations. He passed away Tuesday at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 89.

Earwood was an active member of the Sports Car Club of America from 1960, when he raced Porsches in E and F production classes. He introduced his sons, Terry and Steve, to the sport as well before transitioning out of the cockpit to focus on race management and organization. He served as chief steward at many of America’s top road-racing events. Terry Earwood is a chief instructor at the Skip Barber racing school as well as a past champion driver in sports cars and dragsters, and Steve is the owner of Rockingham Dragway.

Charlie Earwood, an insurance executive by trade, served as an official at the SCCA National Runoffs at Road Atlanta from 1964 through 1993. He was chief steward for the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as for the SCCA Trans-Am Series, SCCA Truck Series, the Playboy Endurance Series, the F2000 Series and a wide variety of vintage-racing series. He served as the general manager of Sebring, and he is a member of the Sebring International Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ann. A memorial service is planned on March 4 in Punta Gorda.

International Motorsports Association president and chief operating officer Scott Atherton released a statement on Wednesday regarding Earwood.

“Charlie Earwood was a fixture within the entire sports car racing industry,” the statement said. “He was part of the fabric of the sport in leadership roles at multiple tracks and sanctioning bodies for many decades. We will miss his smiling face and inviting, jovial demeanor in race control buildings and paddocks across the country.”

Clyde Bales

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O. Clyde Bales passed away in his home on June 23, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born on November 28, 1931 in Polk County, Arkansas. Clyde graduated from Mena High School and went on to Louisiana State University where he received a degree in Music Education. He returned to Mena where he became band director for Mena High. Clyde later worked in telecommunications and retired from Western Union, Siemens and Hill Associates. He was a faithful member of Brookhaven United Methodist Church.Clyde was involved with music from early on and was proud of having written the alma mater for Mena High School, which they still use to this day. He passed his love of music on to his children and community. He helped found the Callanwolde Concert Band and directed it for 12 years. He returned as a guest conductor on a regular basis after he retired. Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing was another passion of his. Early on he shared rallies and gymkhanas with his family. He worked in timing and scoring for over 30 years in local, regional and national events and was honored with a special award for his many years of service to the SCCA. Clyde was known for his sense of humor and punny jokes along with his strong opinions. He had a contagious smile and used it well when he became a professional Santa for the last years of his life. He was proud to be a member of The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas and he embraced the role of Santa with a passion and love that was unmatched.He is survived by his sister, Bernice Campbell of Mena, Ark; children, Dena Bales Kitchens and her husband Dennis, Celeste Aida Chappell of Willow Springs, NC and her husband Graham, Juanette Willis, and Kevin Sean Bales; grandchildren, Graham Kitchens and his wife Kendall, Katelyn Willis, Bailee Kitchens, Gabrielle Bales, Taylor Kitchens and Nathan Sean Bales; nephew Gary Campbell and nieces Needra Campbell and Connie Davis.

Per his wishes, the family will not hold a funeral or memorial service, but will have Clyde’s End of the Race Celebration at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 4:07 pm till 6:07 pm in the Skip Barber Racing School classroom. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brookhaven United Methodist Church, 1366 N Druid Hills Rd, NE Atlanta, GA 30319-3889, or Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (Egleston), ATTN: Gift Processing, 1687 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA 30329. The body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine.

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“Clyde left every one with a smile on their face and always with a joke.  He was an accomplished musician and one of the best Timing and Scoring workers in the country.   He and Jenny were always the last to get to the worker party.  When I was Exec Steward he worked on Timing and Scoring issues from all over the country, not just Atlanta or SEDIV.  He will be remembered and missed in our hearts.  A Santa Clause to all.” – Rick Mitchell

“I don’t know anyone who was so greatly loved.  Certainly no one else in my life, or my lifetime.  Or by me. Clyde was my best friend, so I’m a little prejudiced.” - Jenny Paradis-Hagar

 

Robin Bosarge Thorn

A member of the Atlanta Region SCCA Timing and Scoring team, Robin fought a long and hard battle with cancer. Survivors include her husband, John Marshall Thorn of Northport; her daughters, Beth Rice Henry (Isreal) of Northport and Katie Rice Johnson (Brett) of Tuscaloosa; her sister, June Bosarge O’Neal (Dale); and her grandchildren, Anna Kate Henry and Emma Caroline Henry. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday December 18th, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. The Atlanta Region SCCA would like to thank Robin for all her volunteer work. She will truly be missed.

Don Snyder

Long time circle track and road racer, Don Snyder, has passed away after a lengthy battle with bone cancer.  Don was a four-time Tennessee State Champion in the Thunder Roadster driving in “circle track” events in the southeast including multiple races at Charlotte/Lowes Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.  He joined the SCCA five years ago and had raced numerous times at Road Atlanta, Roebling Road and Barber Motorsports Park.  Don is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda, daughter Sarah, her husband David Horne and four (4) grandchildren.  He will be having a service for those that might be interested at Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson, GA at 6PM Thursday night, August 30, 2012.