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Virginia (Langford) Sisk

December 19, 1921 ~ February 22, 2020 (age 98)


Alice Virginia Langford Sisk of Avondale Estates, Georgia, died peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Emory Palliative Care Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She lived a full, rich life of 98 years. Virginia was born in Warrenton, Georgia, on December 19, 1921, and spent her childhood on the family farm. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1942 and received her Master of Arts in Library Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1946. While working as a librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, she was set up on a blind date with Harlon Poole Sisk, who had recently returned to Emory University to finish his education after serving in the Navy during WWII. Harlon proposed to her on their second date, and they were married in Alto, Georgia, on April 11, 1947. They raised their family in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida.  Virginia’s parents were the late Gladys and George Pierce Langford Sr. She was preceded in death by her brother George Pierce Langford Jr., of Warrenton, Georgia. She is survived by her sister Kathryn Langford; brother Robert A. Langford (Edith); and sister-in-law Carolyn Anderson Langford, all of Warrenton, Georgia. Following the death of her beloved husband Harlon in 1988, Virginia returned to Georgia to be near her children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her children, Allen Langford Sisk (Karin), of Aiken, South Carolina; Roger Harlon Sisk (Faye), of Marietta, Georgia; Carolyn Sisk Deadwyler (Doug), of Atlanta, Georgia; and Nancy Sisk Cleaveland (John), of LaGrange, Georgia. Virginia loved dearly her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Kelly Deadwyler Barbrey (Jonathan) and their children Merritt and Hadley, of Columbia, South Carolina; Allison Sisk Bennett (Joshua) and their children Caroline and Jack, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Carol Deadwyler Frigon (Kyle) and their children Ella and Peter, of Atlanta, Georgia; Pearce Cleaveland, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Virginia Cleaveland, of Bellingham, Washington; Katie Sisk, of Marietta, Georgia; and Allen Sisk, of Marietta, Georgia. She also cherished her many nieces and nephews and their families. Her grandchildren will remember her from vacations spent at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the scent of her Chanel No. 5, and how she always prepared for road trips with Coca-Cola, Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum, and Ritz Crackers with peanut butter. It was the ultimate compliment when Grandma Sisk said “You’re looking good!” Her great-grandchildren will remember how she always kept crayons, stickers, and coloring books in the drawer of her coffee table, and welcomed them with hugs and treats. Virginia loved a good book, a hot bath, and a tidy home. Always the matriarch, she was the family’s go-to for advice. She was known for her sense of style, quick wit, independent spirit, and generous nature. Virginia will be laid to rest beside her husband Harlon during a private family graveside service at Johnson Methodist Cemetery in Warrenton, Georgia.


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