Obituary: Herbert Gershon

Obituary: Herbert Gershon

Building on a childhood love of music and Army experience, he made a career in radio in Atlanta.

Herbert Gershon, age 89, of Atlanta died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

His life was defined by his passions — radio, music and, above all, family. He began his love affair with radio in the Army, where he served as an announcer. Early in his career, he became half of the first interracial, or salt-and-pepper, radio team in Atlanta. He worked at multiple Atlanta radio stations, serving as news director at WGST, WPLO and WRNG. He developed his love for music as a boy. He played trombone and proudly spoke of joining Atlanta’s Jewish drum and bugle corps at an early age.

He married the true love of his life, Evelyn Gershon, in 1954. They had three children and two grandchildren. Happily, the entire family gathered the night before his passing to celebrate Evelyn’s 90th birthday, sharing a joyous, loving occasion. He even sang “Happy Birthday” to her just hours before he passed away peacefully.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Gershon; son Eric, his wife, Joan, and grandson Eli; daughter Gina, her husband, Jim, and grandson Nate; and son Josh. He is also survived by his sisters, Phyllis Arnold (Joe) and Elaine Beeber.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation Bet Haverim, Ahavath Achim Synagogue or the charity of your choice. A graveside service will be held Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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