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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

Marion "Chip" Reed Kays III

February 21, 1947November 27, 2019
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Marion Reed “Chip” Kays, III, of Atlanta, passed away at his home on November 27, 2019 at the age of 72. Chip was born in West Palm Beach, FL on February 21, 1947, the son of the late Marion Reed Kays, Jr. and Bernice Helen “Sue” Blandford Kays. He grew up in Atlanta as the eldest of six siblings and graduated from Dykes High School and Georgia Tech where he played baseball and excelled in his academic pursuits. Chip had a career with Delta Airlines and Worldspan for over 30 years as a Systems Analyst as well as Allied-Barton Security. He enjoyed coaching youth sports, cheering for Atlanta sports teams, being a member of social and travel clubs, dancing, and spending time with his family. Mr. Kays was preceded in death by his brother, Captain James Grier Kays, USAF, and is survived by his sons, Marion Reed “Tad” Kays, IV (Betsy), James Matthew Kays (Temperance) and their mother, Susan Howard Kays, granddaughter Reed Tinker Kays, sisters Betty Jane Netherton (Lloyd d. 2018) and Lucy Jordan (Benny), brothers Bale Blandford Kays (Valerie) and William Earnest Kays (Cheryl), companion Joy Gaston, and many nieces and nephews. To know Chip was to love him. He will be remembered fondly for his kind heart, positive attitude, care and respect for others, and passion for life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emory Healthcare Transplant Center in Chip’s memory to help others benefit from their care and research to improve treatment of lung disease. A memorial service with a reception will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 3pm at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by his sons, Marion Reed “Tad” Kays, IV (Betsy), James Matthew Kays (Temperance) and their mother, Susan Howard Kays, granddaughter Reed Tinker Kays, sisters Betty Jane Netherton (Lloyd d. 2018) and Lucy Jordan (Benny), brothers Bale Blandford Kays (Valerie) and William Earnest Kays (Cheryl), companion Joy Gaston, and many nieces and nephews

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Debra Cleckler

December 4, 2019

It's hard to fine the words to describe what a great man Chip was and how much he was loved by so many. He had the kind of gentle soul you just couldn't help but love. He was also a fighter and fought hard till the end. Through all the years we spent with him and Joy including dance classes, cruises, hanging out together, etc., I never heard him complain about his illness. He was a great man and will be missed greatly. RIP my friend!

David Spence

December 4, 2019

Chip was a man with a love for life. My family and I are lucky enough to have been able to share the blessings of Thanksgiving with Chip each year. He always had a big smile on his face and a kind word to share. As an Elementary teacher, one of the things I try to instill in my students is the importance of spreading positivity as far as we possibly can so that we can make the world a better place. Chip was a man that exemplified this and he will be greatly missed.

Beth DiPalma

December 3, 2019

Dear Betsy and Tad and family,
Elise, Anna Marie and I are saddened to hear about Righty’s passing. He was always such a light and he was so sweet ( as were you guys) to come to Frank’s (Lefty’s) service. We know how painful these days are. We pray the memories of the happy times will bring you comfort. We are going to do our best to go to the service. Hugs. And more hugs. Peace be with you.

bill vanderhorst

December 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Chips passing. A good friend when we worked together at Delta and I never heard a negative word spoken of him by anyone. Always a ready smile that made a day brighter.

Tonia Henderson

December 3, 2019

Chip always had a smile on his face and was always ready to dance. Sure will miss him on the dance floor. Thank you for all the dances, Chip!

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