Bobby Ray Todd, 83, of Fayetteville passed away on December 31, 2019. He was born on September 6, 1936, in Claxton, Georgia to the late John and Mellie Todd.
Dr. Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies at Georgia Southern College in 1958. He continued his education earning his Master of Education and Educational Specialist in Guidance at Georgia Southern College in 1965. In 1975 Dr. Todd resumed his education by earning his Add-on Certification in Educational Administration and Supervision. He concluded his education earning his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University in 1987.
Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in 1958 Dr. Todd began his career as a teacher and counselor at Thomson High School in Thomson, Georgia. In 1963, he became the Dean of Boys at Waycross High School in Waycross, Georgia, and then in 1965 Dr. Todd started work at the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta as a Consultant, Guidance Counseling and Testing and the Director for Student Personnel Services in Area Vocational Technical Schools. In 1969, Dr. Todd served for the next eleven years at Savannah-Chatham Public Schools in Savannah beginning as the Director, Guidance and Special Education, K-12 and advancing to the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and then the Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services, K-12. In 1980 he served the Fayette community for many years as the Director of Secondary Education for the Fayette County Schools.
Bobby enjoyed serving his community and profession through membership and volunteering in various organizations. He served with the March of Dimes, United Way, Exchange Club, Kiwanis Club, High Museum, Smithsonian, and the YMCA. He ministered at First Baptist Church of the Islands on Wilmington Island, near Savannah as a deacon and later taught Sunday School at Fayetteville First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Georgia Association for Curriculum and Instructional Supervision, the Georgia Association for Educational Leaders, Georgia Association of Educators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Todd served as the Vice-President of the Georgia School Counselor Association (1969-1970); President of Georgia Directors of Special Education (1972-1973); President of Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervision (1989-1990); GACIS Board of Directors (1988-1992); and GAEL Board of Directors (1988-1991). He was also elected as a member of Fayette County Board of Education and served as Vice Chairman.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy Todd; sons, Robert Todd and Eric Todd; grandchildren, Alex Todd (Rachel), Evan Todd (Ashley), Taylor Todd, and Reece Todd; great-grandchild, Olivia Todd; and brother, Jack Todd (Irma).
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 4, 2019, at Fayetteville First Baptist Church, Fayetteville with Reverend Glenn Stringham officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Claxton, Georgia.
Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fayetteville – www.mowells.com