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Roy Lyndell Yancy

Death 1999
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OBITUARIES: Roy Lyndell Yancy, 41, employer active in Democratic Party politics
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) | 27 September 1999
Roy Lyndell Yancy Sr. of Hapeville was a Democrat who sought equity for south Atlanta.
"He wanted to make sure the people on the south side of town received the same treatment and were allocated the same monies as those on the north side, that they were distributed evenly," his sister, Angela Yancy-Anderson of Atlanta, said.
Mr. Yancy, 41, died Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital of liver and kidney failure. The funeral is noon today at Dodd-Sterling United Methodist Church. Pollard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Yancy, an Atlanta native, graduated from Hoke Smith High School when he was 16. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978 and became a licensed practical nurse.
He worked at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Decatur for the next four years, and, at the same time, attended and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service as a licensed funeral director.
He then left both fields because he realized his calling was community service and working behind the scenes in politics, Mrs. Yancy-Anderson said. That interest was inspired by his mother, Mattie R. Yancy of Atlanta, she said.
Mother and son worked together on some projects, including Equal Opportunity Atlanta and the annual Summerhill Community Reunion, until her health declined, Mrs. Yancy-Anderson said.
"He thrived on the political arena," she said.
During the 1980s, Mr. Yancy was a delegate to the Democratic National Committee, a member of the state Democratic Executive Committee and the Fulton County Democratic Party and chairman of the Fulton County Library Board of Trustees, for which he got a lot of positive and negative publicity, his sister said.
Being chairman of the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit Z was probably his most notable achievement, she said.
He also worked on several political campaigns, including that of Rep. John Lewis and Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.
He was involved with building the Southeast Recreation Center and the Lakewood Amphitheatre, Mrs. Yancy-Anderson said. In addition, he was a member of the Olympic delegation that went to Tokyo when Atlanta was awarded the 1996 Summer Olympics.
He was a demanding employer, but he would help anybody, said Rosel Fann of Atlanta, a volunteer in the office. "He believed in giving people in the community jobs. He didn't like you to be head or a member of any organization and not perform your duties," she said. "I always referred to him as a walking encyclopedia because I don't think there was a question you could ask Roy about local, state or national government that he couldn't answer. And he challenged his own party, not just the Republicans."
The company closed after Mr. Yancy could not acquire a contract with Turner Field. Most recently, he worked for the city of Atlanta as a recreational assistant at the Southeast Recreational Center and ran a small cleaning service.
Survivors other than Mrs. Yancy-Anderson include a son, Roy L. Yancy Jr. of College Park; a daughter, Santina Yancy of Forest Park; three brothers, William Yancy Jr. and Julius Yancy, both of Atlanta, and Wilbur Yancy of Stone Mountain; and four other sisters, Bette Thomas of Decatur, Cheryl Yancy and Corrie Yancy, both of Atlanta, and Karen Dodson of Decatur.Photo: Roy Lyndell Yancy Sr.

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