At the time, Mr. Demetrius was a salesman for Kem Chemical Co., which was headquartered here. The couple arrived in the metropolis not knowing a soul. They made Marietta their home.
Mr. Demetrius was a top salesman because of his engaging personality, his wife said. He could talk about sports, fishing, hunting and, of course, music.
"He stood 6-4 and never lost his Jamaican accent," she said. "Selling was not a problem because he was just that engaging. Good was not the word for him."
Eventually, the music lover left Kem Chemical and founded three businesses: Demco Chemical Co. Inc. sells cleaning chemicals and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Demco Properties, a real estate firm, buys and manages properties in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. And Demco Systems Inc. cleans sidewalks and pavement at industrial sites.
With such a varied music collection, it was hard to pinpoint Mr. Demetrius' favorite artists or styles.
"He was just a connoisseur of all types of music," said a niece, Christine Stanley of College Station, Texas. "His collection was just awesome."
Additional survivors include five sons, Mark Demetrius of Marietta, Patrick Demetrius of Atlanta, Shaun Demetrius of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Paul Demetrius of Villa Rica and Andre Demetrius of Smyrna; two daughters, Shalene Demetrius of Roswell and Marissa Demetrius of Marietta; three sisters, Olive Demetrius of New York, Carmen Mighty of St. Catherine, Jamaica, and Mavis Stanley of College Station; a brother, Lloyd Demetrius of New York; and several grandchildren.