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 Lita LaVaughn McClinton

Lita LaVaughn McClinton

Birth
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Death 16 Jan 1987 (aged 35)
Buckhead, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Plot Section 4 Block 100 Lot 1
Memorial ID 134613167 · View Source
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The sculpture in her honor is next to the McClinton family marker, which is her birth family / maiden name. Lita was cremated. Her ashes were buried at Oakland some years after her death.

Lita was born in Atlanta, the eldest of three children of JoAnn and Emory McClinton. She grew up in the warm, promising embrace of Atlanta's most prominent African-American families. Her Mom and Dad were always up late helping to chart the political futures of such friends as Charles Weltner and Andrew Young. Lita's father, Emory, became a high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Transportation. JoAnn and Emory gave their children every advantage, including membership in Jack and Jill, the exclusive African-American family social club, and a life in which elegant parties and cotillions were routine. Lita was petite, with bright, trusting eyes, her face framed by thick, shoulder-length tresses, and the vivacious Lita had a knack for fashion. Shortly after she graduated from Spelman College in 1975, Lita met and married James Vincent Sullivan, a white man more than ten years her senior. They married Dec. 29, 1976. They spent nearly a decade living in Macon, Georgia, and in their mansion in old-money Palm Beach before moving back home to Atlanta just before filing for divorce. She was a victim. Her husband was convicted on March 10 2006 of hiring a hit man to kill her. Daughter of Emory McClinton and state Rep. Jo Ann McClinton.


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  • Created by: L Ferree
  • Added: 20 Aug 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 134613167
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lita LaVaughn McClinton (7 Jan 1952–16 Jan 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 134613167, citing Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by L Ferree (contributor 47116659) .