Edward Ed John Negri

August 25, 1921April 28, 2013

Edward J. Negri, 91, of Ellijay, GA formerly of Sandy Springs, died Sunday, April 28, 2013. Ed was probably best known as the friendly and hospitable owner of the very popular Herren’s Restaurant in Atlanta until it closed in 1987. Herren’s is noted for being downtown Atlanta’s first restaurant to voluntarily desegregate, which they did in 1962. In the 1960s, Mr. Negri was Chairman for 5 years of the ‘Camp Fire Girls’ Resident Committee. He also served as Vice Pres. of Atlanta Area Council Board of Directors; Vice Chairman of the Region III Board. For his work with said organization, he was a recipient of the Luther Hasley Gulick Award in 1968. Mr. Negri served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Convention Bureau and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Atlanta Traffic & Safety Council. Ed was the Founder and President of the Boys High Alumni Association. He was a member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and graduated from the university with the Class of 1947 and earned an ME Degree. He was Chairman of the Food Service Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Vocational—Technical School and Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Food Committee for Disaster Preparedness and Relief. Ed’s success with Herren’s Restaurant and enthusiasm for the restaurant business led him to serve as the Atlanta Restaurant Assn. President from 1958-59; Georgia Restaurant Assn. President from 1965-66; and National Restaurant Assn. Director from 1968-74. He received the Restaurateur of the Year Award from Florida State University. He instigated the “Save the Fox” movement which culminated in the formation of Atlanta Landmarks, Inc. for which he served on the Board of Trustees. He was instrumental in saving and restoring the Wren’s Nest and served on the Board of Directors. As a member of the Peachtree Kiwanis Club he received the Man of the Year Award in 1993. He authored Herren’s—An Atlanta Landmark—past, present, future. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Ellijay Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Negri was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Fuller Negri. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Luse of Ellijay, GA; sons, Steve Negri and his wife Vee of Summerville, SC, and Paul Negri and his wife Lyn of Summerville, SC; grandchildren, Lynn Roldan, Christy Hincher, Timothy Casey, Kimberly Casey, and Marlena Compton; and 4 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel. Entombment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park. . Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. The family will receive friends Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2013

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Lilla Leike Hamond

May 18, 2013

I have very fond memories of having lunch at Herren's. My parents Lee and Pat Leike knew Ed and enjoyed many meals. From a teen's perspective, Ed was always so friendly and courteous. Will always remember the wonderful cinnamon buns. :) God bless Ed and his dear family. He was a wonderful man!

Anne Elizabeth King

May 10, 2013

The Negri family shared love and light from childhood memories on Keswick Ct. to later times in early days of civil rights activism in Atlanta. Mr. Negri was a lighthouse in troubled harbor. His rest is well earned! May God comfort the family.

Robert Westmoreland

May 7, 2013

My family and I lived next to Ed & Jane for the past 12 years.He was a great neighbor and was one of the most interesting people that I have ever talked with.His mind was very sharp and he shared many Atlanta "stories" with me through the years.We will miss him but he left behind a great legacy that helped shape Atlanta into a great city.

Richard & Sarah Draut

May 5, 2013

We are honored to have known Ed Negri, a man of strong integrity who had an intense understanding that each of us has the power to improve the lives of those around us, individually and in society. His life embodied a sense of civic duty that contributed substantially to Atlanta's evolution from a regional economic center imprisoned by the racism of the old south to modern, vibrant, international city. They talk of the "greatest generation." Ed was a shining example.
But it was his love for individuals that called him to serve the public good, and it that love for which he is most remembered.
We will miss him dearly.
Richard and Sarah Draut

May 5, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Negri family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).

Jan Joyner

May 5, 2013

I'm very sorry for your loss. He must have been quite a man. It is amazing all of the things he accomplished. He lived his life well. May you take comfort in the memories you share of your time with him.

Erica Broadway

May 4, 2013

It is comforting to know that Jesus, the Ruler of God's Kingdom, is called the “Prince of Peace,” and he will ensure that “to peace there will be no end.”—Isaiah 9:6, 7.

Solomon Y.

May 4, 2013

I am pretty sure this was a very respectful man. This was a man who was willing to stand out as different and desegregate his restaurant. John 5 25

Virgil Herndon

May 4, 2013

My condolences to the Negri family from Carolyn and Virgil Herndon, across the street neighbors, on Castleton Drive. Your dad brought us the last lemon pie on the closing of Herrens. We often met at your mail box for interesting chats. What a wonderful visit we had with Ed last year in Ellijay.

Theresa L. Thrasher

May 4, 2013

I only knew him from his daughter talking about him and I'm so sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him. He seemed to be just a wonderful human being.