Nancy Herndon Cale of Sharpsburg, Georgia, passed away on the morning of Friday, August 11, 2017.
Nancy was born in Atlanta in 1944. She graduated from Therrell High School, married and raised three children. She worked as a Realtor, a caterer, but most recently, as an advocate for the autism community for over 20 years. When her grandson was diagnosed with autism at age 3, in his honor, she co-founded Unlocking Autism, where she worked to bring awareness to the growing epidemic, partnering with state and local government and eventually earning a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her efforts. She continued to answer the hotline phone for Autism Research Institute until the day she was admitted to the hospital.
Countless parents across the United States found kindness and connection through her endless passion to provide resources and most of all, hope.
She is survived by her son, Todd Hale; and her daughters, Shannon Johnson and Branndan VanEgmond; her grandchildren, Wynn Johnson, Haley Johnson, Tate VanEgmond and Tucker VanEgmond; her brothers, William Herndon, Jr., Tommy Herndon; and her sister, Elaine Lewis.
She will be honored by family and friends at Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Sunday, August 13 at 3 p.m. A burial service will follow at Sharon Memorial Gardens in Tyrone, Georgia.
A fund in her name is being established at her church to continue to share hope and light in her absence. Any donations can be directed to Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 Senoia Road, Peachtree City, GA 30269 770-631-9171