Home­town Hero passes

The Covington News - - Opinion -

We lost a good and kind community leader this past week.

di­ag­nosed with stage 4 HER2-pos­i­tive can­cer in 2002, passed on to a place that she be­lieved with all of her heart was wait­ing for her.

When she found out that she had this of­ten life-end­ing dis­ease, she did not give up, but rather de­voted her re­main­ing years rais­ing aware­ness and help­ing oth­ers deal with their strug­gles. She re­mained ever up­beat, and her per­son

and mov­ing on to re­ceive a de­gree in man­age­ment while grad­u­at­ing magna cum laude from Clay­ton State Univer­sity.

She raised a fam­ily as a sin­gle mom and still had time to work at Litho­nia Lighting, while never for­sak­ing her de­vo­tion to her church, Richards Chapel United Methodist Church.

Sylvia was not a per­son who was al­ways in the spot­light; she was the type of per­son who was just there when you needed her.

In ad­di­tion to all the well de­served praise she is re­ceiv­ing in death, we were proud to see her be­come one of our Home­town Heroes this past year. The honor is one we spon­sor along with Gen­eral Mills in an ef­fort to bring recog­ni­tion to our community’s ev­ery­day heroes. Sylvia was a shin­ing ex­am­ple.

May God bless you and your fam­ily, Sylvia, and we’re happy for you know­ing you’re rest­ing in peace.

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