- Post 27 January 2012
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Winder, Ga. He also served as presiding elder of the North Georgia Conference in the 1980s under Bishops Arthur Marshall and Cecil Bishop.
Dr. T. first retired in 1999, but was called back after one day to serve as the first pastor of Faith AME Zion Church in Atlanta. While serving as pastor of Faith under Bishops Joseph Johnson and Clarence Carr, he was appointed as Director of Strategic Planning for the AME Zion Church in the State of Georgia. At the 2006 Annual Conference, Dr. T. was officially retired from active ministry.
Some organizational affiliations include: The Concerned Black Clergy (current Historian); The Open Door; ASCAT; Founding member (along with Mrs. Josephine Foggie) of the The Howard Thurman Circle; Chair/High Council of Elders of the World Africa Diaspora Union; American Friends Services Committee; Shrine of the Black Madonna; the Kimbanguist Church (Congo); All African Conference of Churches; World Council of Churches and a career long affiliation with The Martin Luther King Fellows, Inc. which included international travel and scholarship.
Dr. T'Ofori-Atta was preceded in death by his parents George McGarner Thomas and Naomi Sykes Thomas; siblings Edward Eugene Thomas and Josephine Thomas Kyles; and his first wife, Farrel Harmon Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Alice Pippins T'Ofori-Atta; sons, George Ghana Thomas (Carylon) of Montgomery, AL; Eric Allen Shaka Thomas and Arthur Pippins of Atlanta, GA; daughters Roseanna Lorraine Abina Thomas Brannon of Atlanta, GA, Akua Pippins Hicks (Isaiah)of Decatur, GA, and Akosua Aisha T'Ofori-Atta at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his sister, Naomi Thomas; sisters-in-law, Savannah Lane, Joyce Lomax, Rose Johnson; eight grandchildren: Emmanuel Shamar Pinkett, George Daniel Ofori-Atta Thomas, Benjamin Ghana Allen Thomas, Gabriel Eliot Kwame Thomas, Nathaniel Vincent Wesley Ndugu Jonathon Thomas, Nichelle Lorraine Abina Imani Brannon Ward, Kira Farrel Brannon Leggins (Jecorey), Christina Rose Brannon Carter; great-grandchildren and extended family members, and close friends.
Services for Dr. T'Ofori-Atta will include a visitation on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd., S.W. ; and a homegoing service on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, 291 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. N.W.
Condolences may be sent to the T'Ofori-Atta family at 3240 Valleydale Drive, Atlanta 30311. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Dr. T'Ofori-Atta can be sent to RHAW/ITC, 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta 30314.