U.S. Rep. David Scott, whose district includes Clayton County, agreed, saying on Twitter: “We mourn the loss of Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton Gregory. Over more than a decade of public service, Commissioner Singleton dedicated her time and talent to uplifting our communities as a champion for women, the arts and working families.”
Gregory, whose husband Willie Gregory is a helicopter pilot for Clayton County, has been on the commission since 2007 and was named vice chairwoman in January.
She had a passion for youth and helped in the creation of the Clayton County Youth Commission, an organization that encourages young people to get involved in government policy, according to her commission bio.
“We don’t want to wait until people turn 30 to try to get them to understand why local government is important,” she said in the bio. “We need to teach our young people the importance of policy making and how it affects their everyday life.”
Among other priorities were improvements at Rex Park and the Rhodenizer Recreation Center, widening Anvil Block and Panola roads and the beautification of Panola Road project.
“Commissioner Gregory epitomized what being a true public servant represents,” Clayton County Chief Operations Officer Detrick Stanford said. “Her legacy will continue to live through us all and we express our sincere condolences to the Gregory family and all those who support and love her.”
A graduate of Tennessee State University, Gregory enjoyed flying in a single-engine airplane with her husband, an Army veteran.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughter, Jordyn Speakman, a cellist who attended Howard and Clayton State universities. Funeral arrangements were not available.