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Marshallville, Georgia - Funeral services for Mr. Louis Ivory, Sr. will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary of the Greater Cathedral of Praise First Born Ministries with Bishop Titus Deas Officiating. Burial will follow in the Willowlake Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Ivory peacefully made his transition on Friday, June 28, 2019 at his residence while surrounded by his family and friends.
Reflecting on the Legacy of Mr. Louis Ivory
Mr. Louis Leon Ivory, Sr. was born on December 5, 1946 in Fort Valley, Georgia as the tenth child of the late John Henry Ivory and Annie Maude Preston Ivory. Preceded in death by his parents John Henry and Annie Maude Ivory, nine siblings, Daisy M. Rumph, Willie J. Ivory, Dorothy White, Bernice Johnson, Ethel M. Burke, Jimmy Ivory, Bertha R. Rumph, Mary J. Pollock, and John H. Ivory, Jr., and one grandson, Alec E. Brown.
Growing up in a loving Christian home, Louis confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Zellner’s Chapel First Born Church in Fort Valley, Georgia.
Educated in the public school system of Macon County, Georgia, he attended the historic Dennis Fulton Douglass High School in Montezuma, Georgia. After graduating from Dennis Fulton Douglass High School May 31, 1965, Louis moved to Miami, Florida where he attended Lindsey Hopkins Technical School earning a Certificate in Auto Paint and Body Repair. Shortly after beginning his career, he was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 and served two years.
While serving in the United States Army, on July 13, 1968, Louis married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Gloria Jean Sanders Ivory and to this union three children were born.
After serving his country faithfully, Louis begin to hone his craft at Appling’s Paint and Body Shop in Fort Valley, Georgia, Barney A. Smith in Macon, Georgia, and Macon Dodge in Macon, Georgia, Louis took the leap and established H & I Paint and Body in Perry, Georgia in 1971. By 1973, Louis had established himself a highly skilled automotive repair technician. As the automotive repair business was experiencing explosive growth and Louis having a stellar reputation, established Ivory’s Paint and Shop in Perry, Georgia. Known for reconstruction of totaled vehicles, Ivory’s Paint and Body Shop was a premier automotive repair shop for more than forty-six years until his sudden illness May 2, 2019.
Louis slept away quietly on Friday, June 28, 2019 to be with the Lord at this residence surrounded by his family.
He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted and loving wife of fifty years, Gloria Jean Sanders Ivory; five children Selena E. Brown of Eastman, Georgia, Regina C. (Kenneth) Butts of Byron, Georgia, Timmy Sanders of Fort Valley, Georgia, Louis L. Ivory, Jr, and Crystal M. Ivory of Marshallville, Georgia; two grandsons, Nicholas A. Brown and Caiden B. Ivory; three siblings, Essie M. Harris of Conyers, Georgia, Charles Ivory of Perry, Georgia, and Missouri (Eugene) Lowe of Ossining, New York; sister-in laws, Earnestine Chatfield of Montezuma, Georgia, Beverly (Haywood) Harper of Vienna, Georgia, Harriet Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; brother in laws, Frankie Isreal of Fairburn, Georgia, Howard Pollock of Miami, Florida, and Willie C. Sanders of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted family and friends. His words of inspiration will forever live on in our hearts and minds. He always reminded us that “Ivorys Don’t Quit”.