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Celebrating the life of.... Oliver R. Kanoy, Jr. "Sonny"

The Obituary


Oliver R. Kanoy Jr., “Sonny”, was born December 21, 1943 in Thomasville, NC. to the late Oliver R. Kanoy Sr. and Helen Keen Kanoy. He transitioned on August 7, 2020.

He was a 1962 graduate of Church Street School where his mother taught for 38 years. In 1966 he graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education. Oliver taught school in South Carolina, Brunswick and Atlanta, GA for 40 years before retiring in 1999.

Surviving are his wife Sarah Coggins Kanoy of the home; four children Oliver R. Kanoy III, Shimika Kanoy Kecia Kanoy Coats (Jeffrey Coats) and Shereen Kanoy; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren

A private funeral service will be held Friday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m. Watkins funeral home in Jonesboro, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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