Retired Department Director At Georgia State Is Dead at Age 66

ATLANTA–Lovell O. Lemons, 66, a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., who was director of the Department of Community Service at Georgia State University at the end of his 34-year career, died on June 16.

Mr. Lemons retired in 2019.

Funeral services were held on June 26 at the St. Smyrna Baptist Church in Newman, Ga. 

Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson, pastor of the East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church of Atlanta, gave the eulogy.

Interment was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park, Ga., under the direction of Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home.

Lovell Ocear Lemons was born on July 11, 1954, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Lee A. Lemons Sr. and Lavonia Lemons.

In 1972, Mr. Lemons graduated from Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, graduated from Lincoln University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree, having majored in sociology, and received a master’s degree in education and guidance counseling from Lincoln.

He was a corrections case-worker for the State Penitentiary in Jefferson, Mo., before he moved to Georgia.

At Georgia State, he began his career as an employment counselor and assistant director of cooperative education.

He was promoted to become Georgia State’s first community service director, he founded the Panther’s Pantry that assisted students and led the effort to help students become “engaged global leaders.”

He was presented the Torch of Peace Award and the Sparks President’s Award.

Also at the university, Mr. Lemons was advisor to the GSU Redeemed Gospel Choir and worked with the Atlanta Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Alliance.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and served on the board of directors of the Project Healthy Grandparents organization for 25 years.

In addition, he was involved with Big Brother/Big Sister of Georgia State, Circle K, Int’l., Crafting Leaders of Universities Today, the Global Peace Youth Corps, Habitat for Humanity at Georgia State and Habitat for Humanity at the school, among other organizations.

He was previously president of the Atlanta chapter of the Lincoln University Alumni Association and vice president of the Lincoln University National Alumni Association.

The Atlanta chapter presented him with a Leadership Award and two Distinguished Alumni Service Awards.

A member of the Cascade United Methodist Church,

Mr. Lemons was co-chairman of the Marriage Counseling Program, and worked with the Education and Campus Program and the Habitat for Humanity Program.

For the last seven years, at the Newman Chapel United Methodist Church (where his wife is pastor), Mr. Lemons was a trustee, chairman of the Thanksgiving Outreach Project, a Sunday school teacher, an usher and treasurer of the United Methodist Men’s organization, and worked with that congregation’s Marriage Counseling Program. 

For 18 years, Mr. Lemons was president of the Lemons Family Reunion organization and contributed to the family’s scholarship fund that operates under the auspices of the Lincoln University Foundation.

The Panthers for Change Servant Leader Scholarship Fund was created and funded by Mr. Lemons and his wife.

The fund gives stipends to Georgia State students who are community volunteers.

He is survived by his wife, Rev. Terrilyn Davis Lemons.

In addition, he is survived by a daughter, LaShaundia Lewis of St. Louis, Mo.

Also, he is survived by two brothers:  Lee A. Lemons Jr. of DeSoto, Texas, and Lamar O. Lemons of Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to:   Georgia State University Foundation, ATTN:  Partners for Change Servant Leader Scholarship, P.O. Box 2668, Atlanta, Ga.  30301-2668.

Contributions may also be made to:  Rev. Terri Lemons, ATTN:  Lincoln University Foundation, Lemons Family Scholarship, 4018 Park Place Circle, Ellenwood, Ga. 30294.

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