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Dr Ralph Lightsey
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Birth: Nov. 27, 1918
Appling County
Georgia, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 2012
Bulloch County
Georgia, USA

Dr. Ralph Lightsey, a minster of 72 years, age 93, died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility. Born in Appling County in 1918, he moved to Statesboro in 1965, where he lived until his death. Dr. Lightsey received his A.B. degree from Mercer University in 1945, a B.D. degree in Theology from Emory University in 1951, a master's in Theology from Columbia University in 1955 and a doctorate degree in Education from the University of Georgia in 1965. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1940. He served churches in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi. After serving as an active pastor for more than 52 years, he served as a supply speaker at more than 50 churches in Bulloch and surrounding counties. In addition, he was an educator. He served 16 years as professor of Educational Research at Georgia Southern University and as an assistant to the vice president.

Upon his retirement, the Board of Regents conferred on him the title of professor emeritus of Educational Research. In keeping with his concern for his fellow human being, he received the Dean Day Smith Service to Mankind Award. He was also the original owner of Lightsey Construction Company, Inc. The family would like to express their appreciation to his special caregivers, Gloria Dekle and Chyrl Johnson.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Wavine Reeves Lightsey of Statesboro, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, June and Van Pool of Statesboro, Ga.; a son and daughterin-law, Nelson and Diane Lightsey of Statesboro, Ga.; two grandsons, Scot (Tifani) Pool of Tybee Island, Ga., and Jameson (Diana) Lightsey of Statesboro, Ga.; a granddaughter, Shera (Chris) Harper of Nashville, Ge.; and a sister, Ruth Johnson of Waycross, Ga.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Julian Ward, the Rev. William "Buddy" Morris and Dr. John Waters officiating. Interment will be in Eastside Cemetery.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, September 4, 2012
Eastside Cemetery
Bulloch County
Georgia, USA
Created by: nu2ga
Record added: Sep 04, 2012
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Dr Ralph Lightsey
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Rest in peace.
- wvy
 Added: Sep. 11, 2012
Rest in peace.
- wvy
 Added: Sep. 11, 2012

- nu2ga
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012

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