Funeral Services Announced for Former NG Tech President, Author and Civic Leader Judy Hulsey

Visitation for the family of Judy Hulsey will be held this evening at Strickland Funeral Home in Lavonia from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Hulsey passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 22.

Hulsey was born and raised in Lavonia.

After graduating in 1962 from Lavonia High School, she went on to get a cosmetology degree from North Georgia Technical College and eventually a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

According to her obituary, Hulsey held many leadership positions in her professional career including president of North Georgia Technical College.

She was the first female to hold a leadership/supervisory position in a technical college, the first female technical college president, and she was instrumental in developing the first satellite campuses and online instructional programs in Georgia’s technical college system.

Following retirement, Judy became very active in the Lavonia community.

She developed several grants, helped to establish the Lavonia Community Garden, and was a driving force behind the Land of Spirit folk life plays.

Judy served in many civic organizations, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Lavonia, Welcome Neighbors, and the Lavonia Garden Club.

Additionally, Judy authored and/or compiled 48 books and was an avid amateur photographer, with prints on display in St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital and many area businesses and homes.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. this morning at the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia with Rev. Dr. Hugh Hendrickson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lavonia City – Burgess Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lavonia First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 176, Lavonia, GA 30553.

Those in attendance are reminded to adhere to social distancing and public health guidelines.

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Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia is in charge of the arrangements.