Georgetta Dempsey Royals

Georgetta Dempsey Royals is a native of Savannah, Georgia where she attended public schools and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Savannah State University (SSU).  In May 1972, she was initiated into the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at SSU.

Georgetta is proud, yet humbled, to say that in 1988, she along with thirty other Alpha Kappa Alpha women formed a sisterly bond that led to the historical chartering of Thee Sigma Omega Omega Chapter. The chapter received its charter in December 1990 making it the first black Greek letter organization in Douglas County. Georgetta has often commented on how different Douglasville was thirty plus years ago compared to the political, economic and social changes that have taken place since the chartering.  According to her, those changes have significantly impacted the area making it one of the fastest growing cities and counties in NW Georgia.

In addition to being a charter member, Georgetta served the chapter as its second chapter President.  She has also served as a member of the Scholarship committee, past chairman of the Membership committee and as a delegate to past Regional and International conferences.  Georgetta is currently a member of Target V: Global Impact program committee and for the past three years has served as Chairman of the chapter’s Leadership Development Committee, which instituted the Linda P. Calloway Leadership Academy (named after IBTW Linda Calloway), responsible for providing training on various subjects to members of the sorority and the community.  Georgetta is also past Sr. Vice President of the Legacy of Pearls Foundation, Inc.

Retired after forty-two years of working as a civil servant, Georgetta began her career as a Claims Representative with the Social Security Administration and retired from the U. S. Department of Education where she served as an Investigator and finally as the Special Assistant to the Regional Director.

A member of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church for the past thirty-seven years, Georgetta has served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, president and vice president of the deaconess ministry and coordinator/director of the church’s tutorial ministry (Saturday School).  She is currently Co-Assistant Superintendent and a teacher of the Young Adult Sunday School class.  Philanthropically, Georgetta and her brother have donated to the educational needs of students at her home church in Savannah in honor of their mother Rosena S. Dempsey.  Georgetta is also the CFO of the Linda P. Calloway Educational Scholarship Fund, where over $4,000 in scholarships, bookbags, food and toys have been given to deserving students and families.

A wife to Honey-Do Joe for 46 years, Georgetta is the mother to 2 biological children, grandmother to 4 and mom to countless others.

A great proponent of education and thanking God for each day that we are given, Georgetta believes that God has gifted each of us with wonderful skills and abilities and that as her mentors did for her, we are all responsible for helping others to realize and to cultivate those gifts to the Glory of God.

Past SOY

2019 – Jennifer Ware McCrary
2018 – Marlene Anderson
2017 – Nia Malika Brown
2016 – Barbara Lark
2015 – Rhonda Turner
2014 – Dedreial Jackson
2013 – Quantindra Smith & Sheila Yvette Watts
2012 – Tremelle Howard
2011 – Chata Spikes
2010 – Erin Redwine
2009 – Odette Simmons
2008 – Roxanne Grimes
2007 – Valeria Simms