Mrs. Leita Mae 'Macie' Aycock
Leita Mae “Macie” Aycock, a beloved 91-year-old mother, grandmother, and child of God, with a bright smile, a kind and generous spirit, and sparkling blue-green eyes, passed away in Newnan, Georgia, on April 28, 2014.
She was born in Canton, Texas, on February 20, 1923 and spent her childhood in East Texas. She lived most of her adult life in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was married to the late Thomas G. Aycock until his untimely death at the age of 54. She moved to Newnan in recent years to be closer to two of her children.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Doctors Dennis and Fay Riddle of LaGrange, her son Joseph W. Aycock of Newnan, and her daughter Becky Aycock Decker of Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her son Thomas G. "Tommy" Aycock, Jr., who was killed in an accident at the age of five, as well as two sisters and two brothers. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lauren Riddle de la Croix and her husband Jean-Pierre de la Croix of Atlanta; Thomas and Daniel Decker of Dallas; and Jack, Sam, and Joe Sherwood of Newnan. In addition, she is survived by Michael Decker of Dallas, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Macie spent her life as a devoted mother and wife. She loved her family and friends deeply and exhibited tremendous strength as a young widow and throughout her entire life. She spent many years teaching Sunday School at Beecher Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta and working as a volunteer in the church nursery. Since 1977 she has been a member of Southwest Christian Church in East Point. She loved gardening and was a member of the Audubon Forest Garden Club. She became interested in politics and hosted parties for Howard “Bo” Callaway’s campaign for governor of Georgia. After her husband died, she worked for several years in customer service at the Trust Company of Georgia (now SunTrust) in downtown Atlanta.
The family would like to thank Benton House of Newnan, Georgia, for their loving care of Macie for the past four years. Taking good care of someone with Alzheimer's is saintly work.
Visitation will be at the Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn, Georgia (Exit 61 on the east side of I-85), from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. there. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta in an area where generations of Aycocks and extended family members have been buried.
Flowers will be appreciated (but by no means are expected), as will be donations in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/), the American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org), Alzheimer's research at the University of Florida where Becky, Fay, and Dennis received degrees (http://neurology.ufl.edu/gifts/), or the charity of your choice.
Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory, Fairburn; 770-964-4800.