The Atlanta Chapter of Compassionate Friends

37th Annual Candlelighting Remembrance Service
December 2, 2017


Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the 2017 Candlelight Service, 
an annual tradition of the Atlanta Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church of Atlanta, 
and will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Special Music by Gene Watson

Special Guest Speaker - Jennifer Perez

Jennifer A. Perez is a native of Miami, Florida.  She possesses over eight years of experience in the corporate and legal fields where she has worked as a Paralegal, Client Relations Lead, Office Manager and Operations Manager.  She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor in Business Administration, double major in International Business and Management, and is also a Florida Registered Paralegal.  Outside of her professional life, she is very involved in the community and has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  She co-manages (in conjunction with her mother) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Anthony’s Light Foundation, where she promotes Carbon Monoxide awareness, campaigns for changes in legislation, and awards scholarships to high school and college students.  She is also very active within The Compassionate Friends (TCF) where she speaks on a panel at the annual National Conferences and was the 2017 National Conference Closing Keynote Speaker.
Jennifer is the youngest of three siblings.  She joined the TCF Miami Chapter following the loss of her oldest brother, Anthony J. Perez, on November 14, 2004 from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning that leaked from the vehicle’s exhaust while sitting idly in an open parking lot.  He was 25 at the time; she was 15.  “I never fully grasped the possibilities offered by TCF until I attended my first national conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011; approximately 7 years following my brother’s death.  Meeting countless bereaved siblings from around the country and actually being able to laugh with them, cry with them, or sit in a mutually-understood silence with them – that was when I realized I truly was not alone; that was when I realized I could go on.  TCF offers a safe place where I no longer need to bury my story behind busy work and masked emotions.  On the contrary, TCF allows me to share my story and embrace my journey; but most importantly, help others along theirs.  I can only hope that I return even half of the impact that TCF has profoundly made on my life.  It is an organization that I wish I never had to be a part of, but could not imagine living without.”
Reception and Memorial Video to Follow in the Fellowship Hall

Please bring a dish or dessert to share. 

             To add your child or sibling to the memorial video to be played in the Fellowship Hall, 
please email Wayne Newton @ a high res picture of your child. 

You can also mail the pictures to Jayne Newton, 808 Brentway Court Lilburn, GA  30047 
and they will be returned the night of the candlelighting along with 2 free picture buttons 
if you haven't already received your buttons. 


Remembrance Candles/Poinsettias 

We are offering beautiful Remembrance Candles this year. 

$30.00 each


Remembrance Candles
Deadline to Order Candles for Candlelighting is Nov. 25th

A second option is a live poinsettia. $30.00


Our Children - Siblings - Grandchildren Remembered
Sponsors of our Annual Candle Lighting

Families Supporting our Annual Candle Lighting in Memory of their Children/Siblings:

Candace Odelia Blount
Charlie O. Bradford
Derek L. Brown
Michael Btembke
Julian Oliver Carter 
John Wayne Cunningham 
Jessica Dodge
Halle Gibson
Micki Henderson
Gabriel Elijah Hinton
David Michael Hoegler
Jordan Johnson 
Derrick M. Kelly 
Beth Malkin-Utz
Nicky MacKain
Robert Malkin
Michael Mann
Candi Gaye Marshall 
Matt Marshall 
Mandi Lynn Mast
Clayton Olvey 
Robert D. Parsons
Kentae Ruff
Lynn H. Paschall
Charles Pilgreen 
Silance Devotious Philpot
Jordan Savage
Michael Smith 
David Teddlie
Evan Throckmorton
David Underwood 
Blanca Jovan Wallace
Aaron Renaldo Wilkins

In Memory of David Michael Hoegler

In Memory of Derek L. Brown

In Memory of Robert D. Parsons

In Memory of Robert Malkin

In Memory of Micki Henderson

In Memory of Evan Throckmorton

In Memory of Derrick M. Kelly

In Memory of Lynn Paschall

In Memory of Jessica Dodge

In Memory of Charles Pilgree

In Memory of Clayton Olvey

In Memory of Mandi Lynn Mast

In Memory of Blanca Jovan Wallace

In Memory of Kentae Ruff

In Memory of Silance Devotious Philpot

In Memory of Beth Malkin-Utz

In Memory of David Teddlie

In Memory of Charlie O. Bradford

In Memory of Michael Mann

In Memory of Aaron Renaldo Wilkins

In Memory of Halle Gibson


In Memory of Michael Smith

In Memory of Matt Marshall

In Memory of Julian Oliver Carter

In Memory of David Underwood


In Memory of Candi Gaye Marshall

In Memory of Michael Btembke

In Memory of Gabriel Elijah Hinton


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