The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that a North Carolina native who dedicated his life to organisations and events that promoted and advocated equal rights, died on April 23.
Only 50 years old, Jerome Elias "Eli" Saleeby suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m,. May 11, at 701 Sherwood Rd., a private residence in Atlanta.
The former real estate agent went on to become a founding member of Georgia Equality. He was a board member for the Elton John AIDS Foundation from 1992 to 2005.
John Scott, of Cameron, N.C., served as the foundation's executive director and said:
"Not only did he help guide the governance of the organisation, but he reminded all of us of the importance to leave a message of hope. He was a staunch believer in encouraging hope and awareness."
Survivors include his father, Elias Saleeby of Raleigh, N.C.; and a brother, James Menefee of Richmond, Va.