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A celebration of life for Mr. Roy J. Estell, 65, will be 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019 at DeForest Chapel- Talladega College. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Estell will lie in state at the chapel one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 5-7 p.m.

Roy J. Estell was born to the parents of Roosevelt and Corine Estell on March 13, 1954. He grew up in and attended Peace Baptist Church in Talladega, Alabama. He attended Westside High School and graduated from Talladega High School. He continued his education and graduated from Talladega College (Talladega, AL) earning a Bachelor of Science Social Work degree, where he met and married his college sweetheart Shirley Taylor. As a result of this union a daughter was christen, Kailah Lucile Taylor-Estell. He went on to attend Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, receiving a Master’s of Science Degree in Social Administration with Honors, Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) Masters in Public Administration with Honors and attended Cleveland State University Masters in Urban Studies. His life was exemplary as a Servant Leader involving a variety of work experiences. His work experiences included: Asst. Director, Clark County Juvenile Court in Springfield, Ohio where he worked to mentor and coach youth to make healthy, low-risk decisions and to complete school. Later Roy worked at United Methodist Children’s home in Cleveland, Ohio as a Teaching Parent with his wife, serving severe behaviorally disturbed youth. Roy worked as Asst. Director & Director of Intake & Admissions at Dekalb Addiction Clinic in Atlanta, GA., the largest public funded out-patient substance abuse treatment program in Georgia; Senior Social Worker at Families First in Atlanta, GA providing individual, couple, family & marital counseling, domestic violence counseling along with managing the General Motors multi-million dollar employee assistance contract serving over 26,000 GM employees and dependents. Roy worked at Fulton County Government from 1993 until he departed this life, in a variety of departments including Human Services (Director, Jefferson Place Transitional House, & Division Manager of Emergency & Transitional Housing); Department of Health & Wellness (Contracts & Grants Manager) and Department of Real Estate & Asset Management as Program Manager and Performance Improvement Management & Change Management Czar.

Roy’s management of Jefferson Place Transitional House, a homeless program for 50 homeless men with substance abuse and mental health issues led to it receiving the U. S. Housing and Urban Development’s national “Best Practices Award”. Roy started a consulting business (Golden Opportunities Unlimited, LLC) in 2000 that provided a range of professional services including grant writing, staff professional development, evaluation services, executive coaching and strategic planning. He loved to work with organizations to assist them with transforming their vision into living and breathing services for some of the “most in need” within our communities. He loved talking about his better than 90% success rate in securing federal and state grant funding for his clients. Later in life, he returned to one of his first love; counseling, mentoring and coaching troubled youth. Roy really enjoyed leveraging his years of counseling, knowledge, skills and years of experiences to work with some of the most challenging youth and their families within our communities. Roy also loved and forever stressed the importance of family. Roy, Shirley & Kailah leveraged their famous, and much sort after invitations, to attend their Annual Christmas Party, affectionately known as “Partying with a Purpose”. This event was expanded to provide clothing and toys for hundreds of Department of Family & Children Services children in Atlanta, GA through collaboration with family, friends and colleagues. Roy always sought ways to bring his family together as was evidenced by his Annual Holiday Engagement Dinner and numerous BBQ cookouts. The Annual Holiday Engagement Dinner provided the opportunity for the Estell Family to come together, exchange Christmas gifts, enjoy the wonderful

home-made meals Shirley, Kailah and Roy prepared and immerse themselves in the wonderful Christmas decoration throughout every floor of Roy & Shirley’s home, along with always enjoying the fellowship of each other. Roy & Shirley have a collection of African-American Santa’s numbering more than 200 in various sizes. Additionally, Roy truly loved his barbecue and sharing it with family and friends. He was happiest with four or more grills going with 12-15 slabs of ribs, two (2) or three (3) Boston Butts, lots of steak, chicken and sausages; “smoked not grilled.” Professional Affiliations: Practicum Instructor @ Georgia State University Department of Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia State University Department of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia & Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia Community Membership: United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Loan Executive; United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Emergency Shelter and Food Program Allocation Committee; United Way of Henry County Local Advisory Board Henry County, GA; United Way of Henry County Executive Committee; United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Henry County Representative; Georgia State University School of Social Work Advisory Board; Clayton College & State University School of Human & Psychology Advisory Board, Morrow, GA; Chairman - State of Georgia Drug-Free Schools Committee; Trinity Community Ministries – Board of Directors; Brookview Elementary School PTA President & Vice President; Co-Founder–Men of Brookview; Professional Organizational Affiliation - America Society for Professional Administrators, National Association of Certified Housing Counselors, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Christians in Social Work, National Grant-Writers Association, National Grant Reviewers Association and International Facility Management Association. National Board Membership: U. S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board Energy Efficiency & Conservation Community Block Grant Sub-committee and the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services - National Grant Review Board. Licensure and Certifications: State of Georgia Licensed Masters Social Worker; U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Licensed Housing Counselor; Certified DUI Instructor and National Grant Writer’s Association Senior Certified Grant Specialist and Certified Grant Reviewer. Roy loved and celebrated life to its fullest. He departed this life to be with the Lord on June 21, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Shirley Taylor-Estell, daughters, Kailah Estell-Amey (Reginald) of Atlanta, GA & Coryn Moore (Darrell) of Virginia Beach, Va. Siblings, Bertha Pope, Lucille Keith, Martha Hill (James), Yvonne McEderry (Ira), and Roosevelt Estell. Five grandchildren, Brytnee, Bianca, Darrell, Dillion, Drew, and many nieces, nephews, a host of family members and friends. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Minerva Gray and Annette Pope, and his twin brother Ray Estell.


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  • Friday, June 21, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Terrys Metropolitan Mortuary
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear about Roy passing you have our deepest sympathy. I know the Family and friends will missed him. Jesus said that one day we will see our dead loved ones again in the resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3-5)
    ~ Donald Phillips   AL
  • Monday, June 24, 2019
    My thoughts and prayers are extended to the Estell family. May God comfort and keep you in His care. Psalm 23:1-4 (The Living Bible) "Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way"
    ~ Carlos S Thomas   Fayetteville, GA
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    The Fulton County Youth and Community Services Division extends our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Estell family. Mr. Estell's imprint with Fulton County Government will be long lasting. He will be truly missed.
    ~ Fulton County Youth and Community Services Division   Atlanta, GA
  • Friday, June 28, 2019
    My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that that ALMIGHTY GOD cares for you; and that you can see your loved ones again free from all the causes of death and the heartache it brings. (John 5:28,29 - Revelation 21:3,4) Jehovah God assures us that there is going to be a resurrection of our loved ones back to a paradise earth. What a wonderful hope to look forward to! May family ,friends, prayers and the many memories help you through this difficult time.
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Roy's passing. I will always remember him for his kindness and positive attitude. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time.
    ~ Janette Peabody   EAST POINT, GA
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    To the family and friends: please, accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. You can find comfort in the Bible account found at John 11; Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life". Please find more information about this beautiful promise at jw.org.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    My sincere condolences to you and your family from our family, the alumni of Jefferson Place Transitional House. Mr. Estell’s legacy lives on in each and every life he changed as our Director. We were truly blessed and honored to have known him. His firm yet gentle guidance literally saved many lives.
    ~ Lloyd Rollerson   Atlanta, GA
  • Monday, July 1, 2019
    I am so saddened to hear Roy's passing. I just found out July 1 and I am in total shock. It was a blessing in life to know Roy and be able to call him a friend. He and his family are very special to me and I wish I had known and been able to attend his home going services. Shirley and Kailah, I am sincerely sorry for your loss and if there is anything I can do, please let me know...drmitchell322 @gmail.com.
    ~ Darrel Mitchell   Springfield, OH
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019
    RIP Roy -- will miss you dearly, especially out front of Government Center when you are coming in from field, etc. or going home for day we always talk and you always had positive, and encouraging words to say, didn't get a chance to say thank you -- your words of wisdom really help me. God Bless your family.
    ~ Leasie Johnson   Clarkston, GA