Lee Harvey Wysong, age 106, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia and formerly of Atlanta, passed away peacefully at her home June 8 2019, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Wysong was born on March 24, 1913 in New Orleans. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Marsh Draughon Business School, both in Atlanta.
She was married to Charles F. Wysong of Greensboro, North Carolina on October 14, 1937, in Atlanta, Georgia. They had five children. Mr. Wysong was an associate professor of Ceramic Engineering at Georgia Tech, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and founded Southern Porcelain, Inc. a manufacturer of industrial ceramics. After his death in 1964, she oversaw the daily operation of Southern Porcelain until she sold it at the age of 88.
She took part in politics her entire adult life. In the 1970s she led the effort in Georgia that defeated the Equal Rights Amendment. She was a longtime and faithful member of the Daughters of the American Revolution serving as Regent and other offices in the Cherokee (Atlanta) Chapter. In her sixties she was honored by being inducted into the Gracious Ladies of Georgia. She was a gracious Southern lady: kind, gentle and generous to all, but uncompromising in her standards. She loved dancing and won numerous ballroom dancing awards.
She truly loved God with all her heart and her neighbor as herself.
Mrs. Wysong was preceded in death by her parents, James A. Harvey and Ethel Jones Harvey, her older brother James A. Harvey, Jr. and sister Irene Harvey Sullivan, husband Charles (1964) and son Michael (1983) who was a football standout at Georgia Tech.
She is survived by her children Charles F. (Brenda) Wysong, Jr of Chattanooga, Harvey G. Wysong of Tunnel Hill, Holley Wysong (Jim Keeffe) of San Francisco, Gordon J. (Mary) Wysong of Gainesville, Georgia, 19 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren and her nephew and nieces whom she loved like her own children: Theresa (Steve) Matt, Nora, Mary, Eileen and Chris Sullivan.
A funeral mass will be conducted Wednesday, June 12th at 12pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 715 Hardscrabble Rd. Roswell, GA 30075. Interment will follow in the Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta, GA. Her pall will be borne by the young men of her family and family friends Clay Threeton Jr. and Jack Gibson.
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The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8pm in the South Crest Chapel and Wednesday from 10am until the funeral hour in the church. Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.