July 27, 1948 – May 20, 2020
Valerie Phyllis McDonald Pryor, 71, died peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2020, surrounded by family and friends, at the Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, GA, after a long illness.
Valerie was born on July 27, 1948 in Mount Vernon, NY and was raised in Port Chester, NY by the late William Earl and Ruth Mae (Crews) Davis. There she was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church where she was very active in the Youth Choir and the Junior Ushers.
Valerie graduated from Port Chester Senior High School in 1966 where she was a key member of the Touring and A Capella Choirs, and the Civil Rights Club. She attended The Westchester Business Institute, then started her professional career with the Avon Corporation and later General Foods.
In 1974 Valerie moved with her dear friend, Barbara Thomas, to Atlanta, GA, in search of other cultural and career opportunities. She continued her career in Georgia where she worked at Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act (MARTA),Greyhound Lines, Inc., Morehouse College and The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). While at MSM, Valerie was an active member of the Friends of MSM, the Staff employee Council and Lé Comité for Social Events. Valerie formed long-term friendships at MSM that would become her extended family. She worked as an Executive Assistant in several departments, retiring after 23 years in 2008.
Valerie was married to Lindsey Pryor and to this union her beloved son, Jahmal Lindsey Pryor, was born. Valerie was a supportive and devoted mother throughout Jahmal’s life. They enjoyed sharing the love of basketball as well as his musical career.
Valerie loved the annual Caribbean cruises that she shared with her sister Jean and niece, Loni. She looked forward to celebrating annual birthdays with her Port Chester High School Family as well as with the MSM Golden Divas. Valerie also enjoyed dancing and appreciated a variety of music. She will be remembered most for her flair for style (especially her love for animal prints, sequins, and her sunglasses!), her laughter, her commitment and willingness to always support her family and friends.
Valerie is survived by her sisters, Hilda M. Gordon and Jean A. Davis-French; sister-in-law Olga McDonald; nephews, Charles Gordon (Jennifer), Kevin Gordon, David Gordon (Neishel), Michael Gordon (Elizabeth) and Anthony Reyes; nieces, Gail Gordon, Jennifer Gordon and Lonya (Loni) French Davis (Louis); and a host of cousins, family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, William and Ruth Davis, son, Jahmal Pryor and brother, Roger Earl McDonald.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
LaVerne Martin Logan
May 28, 2020
I met Valerie in the summer of 1967 in Port Chester where I spent that summer after graduating from high school. Valerie and I became friends through our extended family and her brother whom I started dating that summer. After a period of years,
I saw Valerie on a couple of occasions when she came to Virginia during the death of family members. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I will always hold her dear to my heart and I extend my deepest sympathy to her family.
May 27, 2020
Valerie was a well-loved and respected former coworker at Morehouse School of Medicine. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family.
May 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Valerie and my condolences to the family.