Sallie (Stokes) Day

July 5, 1926 ~ September 21, 2018 (age 92)
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Sallie Stokes Day

Mrs. Sallie Stokes Day of Atlanta, passed September 21, 2018.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, 220 Auburn Avenue, NE, Reverend John Foster, Ph.D., Senior Pastor, officiating.  Interment, Lincoln Cemetery.  The remains will be placed in state at the church at 10 a.m.  The Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at our chapel at 7 p.m. 

She is survived by her daughter, Terri Lynn Day and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.  The cortege will assemble at the residence at 10 a.m.

Sallie Robert Stokes Day was the youngest of seven children born to the late Fred and Minnie Love Stokes in Lumber City, Telfair County, Georgia on July 5, 1926. All of Sallie’s siblings preceded her in death.

Her education began in Lumber City, Georgia and after relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in the class of 1945. Sallie furthered her education by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Clark College in 1951 and later received a Master of Arts degree in Education from Atlanta University in 1969.

After graduating from Clark College, Sallie met and married the love of her life, James Howard Day who preceded her in death. James and Sallie were married for sixty-two years and to that union they became the proud parents of one daughter, Terri Lynn Day.

Sallie was a Christian woman who joined Big Bethel AME Church after moving to Atlanta.  A faithful servant, she was a member of the Laura L. Turner Women’s Missionary Society, Fellowship Social Club, Choir #2 and Usherette Board # 3.

An exemplary role model as a classroom teacher, Sallie began her teaching career in Conyers, Georgia as an Elementary School Teacher.   Later, she continued to inspire and educate students in the Atlanta Public Schools for 38 years at Nathan B. Forrest Elementary School, Moreland Elementary School and Whitefoord Elementary School where she retired.

Sallie’s service reached beyond the church and into the community. She was a Silver Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. As a member of Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter, she worked on numerous committees, which includes the chapter’s annual Cotillion Committee where she served until she became ill. She was also a devoted member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Continental Societies, The Yads and the Armchair Quarterbacks.

Sallie lived a long and beautiful life, which touched the lives of others.  Her kind deeds, ever-present helping hand, and thoughtful words and heart, won her love, respect and admiration of all who knew her. She leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter, Terri Lynn Day; devoted and dedicated nephew, Larry Varner (Amethyst) and niece, LaVedia Varner Johnson; goddaughter, Tonya Martin Gooden; honorary goddaughter, Carolyn Allen Blaylock and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. An expression of love and gratitude is extended to Ms. Phyllis Almond for her love and attentive assistance during Sallie’s most critical time of need.

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