As a young teen at a revival service, she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. She enrolled in secretarial courses and graduated from Commercial High School in Atlanta. Afterwards, she enjoyed being a Christian homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband, Harry L. McCord Sr., had a strong and wonderful marriage for over 63 years. They were members of the U.S. Club and she was a member of Kirkwood-Rainbow Park Baptist Church in Decatur for over 60 years. At the time of her death, Atta was a member of Charity Baptist Fellowship Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. Throughout her life, Atta had a servant spirit and demonstrated the love of Christ to everyone she encountered. She believed deeply in the power of prayer. She knew many Bible verses by memory, quoting them often and loved singing, especially church hymns. She was much adored by her family and friends. She was her children’s biggest supporter and fan even if they didn’t deserve it.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Sr.; brothers, Tybee Gilley, Hoyt Gilley, James Gilley and John Thomas Gilley Jr.; sisters, Edna Kersey and Katheleen Daniell; and grandson, Walter Cullpepper III.
Survivors include sons, Harry McCord Jr. and his wife, Martha, of Carrollton, Jay L. McCord and his wife, Cynthia, of Stockbridge; daughter, Alethia McCord Pilgrim and her husband, Michael, of Savannah; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Her celebration of life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Dr. Shane Roberson and Rev. Dexter Landers officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Covington City Cemetery with Rev. Chuck Scott presiding.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until hour of service.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Atta McCord to The Bible League International, 1 Bible League Plaza, Crete, IL 60417, or email@example.com.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com.
Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel, Carrollton.