Emory died April 12 of a heart attack at the scene of a wreck he had come upon on South Burnt Hickory Road near his home. A memorial service is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at 955 Johnson Ferry Road near Lower Roswell Road in Marietta.
Emory, who worked for the Douglas Neighbor in the early 1980s, was better known as traffic reporter “Captain” Herb Emory who helped guide TV and radio audiences around traffic snarls during the morning and evening rush hours and special Atlanta-area events.
Although his funeral will be private, plans were being finalized for a public celebration of Emory’s life and a memorial service, with details of that service forthcoming, said funeral home officials.
According to published reports, Emory called 911 emergency operators to report the accident and rushed to the automobiles involved to render aid. Suddenly, he felt ill and was immediately taken by ambulance to WellStar Douglas Hospital where he later died.
Emory is being remembered as one whose desire and ambition was to help people in any way he could.
Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel had been friends with Emory for 40 years.
“He died doing what his life’s work was dedicated to, helping others,” Daniel said.
He called Emory a great family man and one who loved his community and charity work, especially the Toys for Tots campaign, he said.
“Unless you had seen Herb as a speaker at our elected officials’ luncheon, you wouldn’t know that he was a great, natural standup comedian,” Daniel said.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons called Emory a great and very active community person who held great admiration for public safety officials, especially first responders, and members of the military.
“I was afforded the honor of picking the grand marshal of our July 4 parade and I wanted Herb to be the grand marshal this July 4,” Persons said.
Diana Memmolo, president of the Douglas County Humane Society, said Emory was a “longtime friend” of the Douglas County Humane Society and took his position as a member of the Douglas County Animal Control Board seriously.
“He also found great joy in helping the humane society raise funds and was always willing and anxious to do [so],” she said.
Memmolo said the Douglas County Humane Society had lost a “very dear and trusted friend.”
“Herb’s infectious love for his fellow man and his deep love of all God’s animals will remain in our hearts forever,” she said.
“Keep Herb in your thoughts and prayers and always remember to have a smile on your face when you remember our sweet captain as that is how he would want it,” Memmolo said.