Atlanta loses two prominent citizens

Mayor Keith Crow, Bro. Joe W. Srygley pass away over the weekend

Atlanta lost a pair of prominent citizens over the weekend as Mayor Keith Crow and former longtime First Baptist Church Pastor Bro. Joe W. Srygley passed away. Both died Saturday.
Crow, mayor since 2006, was remembered by his colleagues with the City of Atlanta as a man of faith who was dedicated to the city. 
“Keith was a very active leader in our community, in civic organizations and in the church,” City Manager David Cockrell said. “Mayor Crow’s love for his community was evident in all that he did.”
The city council will work over the next 30 days to appoint a replacement, Cockrell said.
Crow, 61, was born in Atlanta. In addition to serving as mayor, he was owner of Keith Crow Realty and an active member of the Atlanta Lions Club. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 28 at First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Interment will follow at Huffines Cemetery.
Srygley, 77, was born in Valliant, Okla. and grew up in New Boston. 
He attended East Texas State University and later graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. His first pastorate was in Leesville, while still in seminary. He served churches in Redwater and Hooks and was with First Baptist Church in Atlanta for 35 years before retiring. He continued serving churches throughout the area following his retirement.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Interment followed at the Reed Hill Cemetery in New Boston.

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