Geraldine "Jerry" Sudderth Busey died peacefully on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at Brightmoor Hospice, Griffin, GA surrounded by loved ones. Born on April 20, 1950 in Atlanta, GA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Price Sudderth and Marcia Sims Wofford. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Martin and Joseph Michael Sudderth; and bonus mother Thelma Todd Sudderth.
At age 19 she started working for Atlanta Public Schools. She enjoyed her 30 years there especially as she met her loving husband Roger. While there she acquired a love for graphic design and even began her own business, Jerobus Designs. Jerry and Roger were married for almost 45 years. She loved her time with him as they liked to travel and go antiquing but also made sure to have a special night of the week set aside for family time. She loved her daughter Shannon and said her world revolved around her (and her husband Robert—who could do no wrong in Jerry’s eyes). Jerry loved being Grammie to her granddaughters, Chelsea and Katelyn from helping with homeschool in their younger years, to shopping and coffee shops as they grew older, to annual trips to Savannah to spend time together. She often said they “are the light of my life.”
She had an incredible love for her family and friends. You could always count on her to drop everything to be there with helping hands and a loving heart. She didn’t care how far she had to go (as represented by how many miles she put on cars). She loved to drive and visit people, if she made a wrong turn and got lost, that only added to the adventure (after she’d laughed that infectious albeit loud laugh of hers). You never knew what time you would get back when you went out with Jerry. Her love for and devotion to her family and friends was evident in her desire to be there for them throughout their lives and even hold their hand at the end. Sometimes, Jerry’s smallest acts of kindness left the biggest imprints on our hearts and enriched our lives beyond measure, and we are forever grateful for the legacy of love and service she has left for us to carry on.
Jerry will lovingly be remembered by her devoted husband, Roger Busey, McDonough, GA; daughter, Shannon Eagle (Robert) Locust Grove, GA; granddaughters Chelsea and Katelyn Eagle, Locust Grove, GA; sisters Barbara Barnes (Hal), McDonough, GA; Susan Ann Chapman, Houston, TX; Teresa White, Vinings, GA; Susan Marie McQuillan (Richard), Tucson, AZ; Cindy White, Dahlonega, GA.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and nurses of Brightmoor Hospice, Griffin, throughout this journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
A memorial service will be held at Southern Crescent Baptist Church 334 Lake Dow Road McDonough, GA on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 12PM. The family will visit with family and friends at 11AM prior to the service.