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Joseph Patrick O'Malley

January 1, 1932March 20, 2015

Joseph Patrick O’Malley, Sr., a long-time resident of Conyers, Georgia, passed away Friday, March 20, in Montgomery, Alabama. He was 83 years old. Mr. O’Malley was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and attended The University of Georgia on a football scholarship. He lettered in football and track at UGA and played basketball as a Freshman. As a football player, he was a starter for the Bulldogs at Defensive End, earning second team All-SEC and honorable mention All-American. He was Team Captain of the Bulldogs in 1954. For you Auburn fans, after a scoreless 1954 Georgia-Alabama game, Atlanta Journal Sports Editor Ed Danforth wrote, “O’Malley was flawless. Every time Alabama tried to run his flank, he murdered them.” As a sophomore, in the Sugar Bowl victory over Tulane, Atlanta Journal Sports Editor Furman Bisher wrote, “O’Malley put on the finest defensive performance the Sugar Bowl Stadium has ever seen.” The Chicago Bears drafted Joe in 1955 and he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for two seasons in the NFL.

After playing football in the NFL, Joe became Basketball, Football Coach and Athletic Director at Brown High School in Atlanta. In his first season, his basketball team won the AAA state championship. He was awarded Class AAA Coach of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association in 1968. Joe was employed by General Wholesale Company in Atlanta and retired in 1994 after a 26 year career. In 1999, he was inducted into the College Hall of Fame for The University of Georgia. Joe was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Conyers, Georgia.

“Big Joe” was a loving husband and father. His sense of humor and sweet smile will be missed. Joseph Patrick O’Malley is survived by his wife of 54 years, Camden, Alabama native Joyce Ervin O’Malley of Montgomery, Ala.; daughter, Shawn Rippner (Rob Rippner, M.D.) of Chico, California; daughter Karen LaPlatney (Pat LaPlatney) of Montgomery, Ala.; son Joe O’Malley (Lima O’Malley) of Nashville, Tenn.; son Mike O’Malley (Tracey O’Malley) of Athens, Ga.; siblings Frank O’Malley, Jacqueline Pizzo and JoAnn Butler; grandsons Jack, Dan, Sam and Chris LaPlatney, and grandaughter Anna O’Malley. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 6 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Cathy Wilson Bray

April 3, 2015

So sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved Coach O'Malley. He was a great individual and teacher. God bless your family!

Brown High School Atlanta, Ga

April 3, 2015

Pretty sure I can say on behalf of all the students of Brown High School in Atlanta that Coach O'Malley will always be a fond memory in our now senior minds......what a great coach, educator and person he was......may he RIP and may his family and friends be comforted with great memories also...

Deborah Cross

April 3, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Coach O'Malley's passing. I attended Brown High School when he coached there. I also had season tickets to the UGA games and my seats were very near Coach O'Malley's seats. I would go to his seat every year and visit with him. He was such a sweet and dear man. I am sending prayers to the family. Deborah Vincent Cross

March 28, 2015

I am truly sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am Joe's first cousin, our fathers were brothers. I remember going to a Tech-Central HS game to see Joe play football on a snowy Thanksgiving Day. Sad to say, I haven't seen Joe in so many, many years. Again, I am very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joyce O'Malley Rittenhouse

Betty Bayless Schuman

March 28, 2015

I graduated from Tech High School in Scranton, PA with Joe. He was always a quiet, sweet guy & a wonderful athlete. I was sad to hear of his passing. My prayers are with his family at this time.

Cecil & Hilda Skinner

March 27, 2015

So very sorry to hear of Joe's death. We love you, Joyce!

Jim & Tona Vitale

March 26, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

JAYNE FOTH

March 25, 2015

BOB AND I WERE SAD TO HEAR OF JOE'S PASSING. WE WERE NEIGHBORS FOR 27 YEARS. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO JOYCE AND THE FAMILY.

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