Obituaries: Suzanne DuPuy Black, Mrs. Weonta E. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Georgia Ella Richardson, Ms. Mary Ann Forsyth Tinsley.

Obituaries: Suzanne DuPuy Black, Mrs. Weonta E. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Georgia Ella Richardson, Ms. Mary Ann Forsyth Tinsley.

Obituary of Suzanne DuPuy Black

Suzanne DuPuy Black died at home Thursday morning with her husband and sons at her bedside, ending her 10-month battle with cancer, which she fought with courage and grace.

She was born in Farmville, Virginia, to Edward Laurence and Catherine Little DuPuy on August 25, 1939, and spent her early childhood in Halifax County, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. At the age of nine, they moved to Martinsville, Virginia, where she graduated from Martinsville High School. She entered Westhampton College of the University of Richmond and graduated in 1961. Afterwards she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Indiana.

She married the Rev. G. Donald Black on June 29, 1963, and they moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Don began his ministry at Church of the Ascension and Suzanne, being the daughter of educators, naturally followed in their footsteps by taking a teaching position at Granby High School. Another two moves followed and when Don became rector of Christ Church, Blacksburg, Suzanne found what she always called her favorite job, a position with Virginia Tech in the Education Research Department. After their move to Rome, Suzanne taught at what was then Floyd College as a member of the Psychology Department, from which she retired after several years.

She enjoyed supporting her husband’s ministry by participating in several outreach and people-serving projects, her longest tenure being the Good Neighbors Ministry, co-founded by Don.

Suzanne is survived by her husband of 55 years, George Donald Black, and two sons, Matthew (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) and Edward (Marietta); grandchildren Mason (Athens), Luke (Tuscaloosa), Emme and Mary Scott, of Marietta; and several beloved step-grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 E. Fourth Ave., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. She will be buried at St. Peter’s at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts to any outreach ministry will be appreciated.


Mrs. Weonta E. Fitzgerald, age 98, of  Acworth, Ga., transitioned October 8, 2018.  F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Mrs. Georgia Ella Richardson, age 78, of Rome, Ga. transitioned October 10, 2018. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Ms. Mary Ann Forsyth Tinsley, age 66, of Rome, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018, at her residence.

Ms. Tinsley was born in Rome, GA on October 15, 1951, daughter of the late Willard Junior Forsyth and the late Bessie Mae Jones Forsyth. Ms. Tinsley was a graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale and prior to becoming disabled, she was a Customer Service Representative for Comcast. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Tisha Ray (David), Rome, and Leigh Hollingsworth (Bobby), Rome; a sister, Ruby Brown (Arnold), Armuchee; 4 brothers, Michael Forsyth, Aragon, Johnny Forsyth (Conda), Aragon, Donny Forsyth (Denise), Aragon, and Larry Forsyth (Rocky), Rockmart; 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Saturday from 5 until 7 p.m.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church. The Rev. Brandon Bruce and the Rev. Earl Partain Sr. will officiate.

The family would like to thank Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for their care during Ms. Tinsley’s illness.

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