January 2, 1939 ~ June 16, 2021

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Dunwoody, Georgia

John William Lange Sr. (Jack), 82 years old, of Dunwoody, Georgia, died on June 16th, 2021. Jack was born January 2nd, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois to the late William (Bill) Lange and Vera Lange. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ann Lange, sister Norma Wilson, and brother William (Billy) Lange.

Jack is survived by his children, John Jr. and Angela Lange of Grayson, GA, and Katherine Lange of Eugene, OR; by his grandchildren Samantha Lange and William Lange of Atlanta, GA, John C. Lange and Carson Lange of Grayson, GA, Tabor Whitney and Skye Whitney of Eugene, OR.

After leaving his birthplace of Chicago in 1945, Jack’s family moved to Decatur, GA. Jack attended Decatur High School and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1963.

Jack began a career in journalism as assistant to the late William (Bill) Diehl, who served as Godfather to John Lange Jr. As a writer and managing editor, Jack became enmeshed with Atlanta’s social and political happenings of the mid-1960s, and became editor-in- chief of Atlanta Magazine in 1967.

Jack was particularly proud of his life in the church, having cofounded New Covenant Community Church, now Chamblee Tucker Christian Fellowship in 1980. His works with the church embodied Christ’s vision through ministry and counseling to many in the community, overseeing the church’s growth and construction projects, and always having an open door to his home for those in need.

Jack’s family extends far beyond his surviving relatives. His church family, neighbors, and all who have been fortunate to spend time with him will remember his wisdom, wit, and humor, the love he shared bountifully, and the husband he was to Ann.

Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. We met Jack and the fine folks of Chamblee-Dunwoody Christian Fellowship nearly 10 years ago when we were chosen to build their new facility. Jack was the church’s owner’s rep and could not have been more professional and reasonable, while always putting the church’s needs first. We became friends and talked from time to time, and returned twice to do additions. I was fascinated by Jack’s literary background and always enjoyed hearing about the days when the ATL was actually being birthed culturally. I know Jack loved his fellow congregants, his family, Miss Ann, and the Lord, in that order, and I am so blessed to have known him. I look forward to the day when he and I can once again sit and chat about the good old days, goofy politics and our grand kids! We’ve lost a truly good man. Rest in peace my friend.
    Mike Dominy
    Dominy Construction

  2. CandleImageHe was a father to many.
    I’ll always remember him for his talent with a camera and the love he had for us all.
    Such a wonderful soul.

  3. CandleImageJohn and Angela and family, We will keep your family in our thoughts. RIP John Lang Sr.

  4. Jack was a man of integrity, kind, compassionate, and friend. Rest in the Arms of your Savior, my brother.

  5. My wife Evie and I moved to Florida many years ago, in 1971. I just learned of Jack’s passing and would like to say the following:

    Jack was my best friend when I lived in Atlanta. He served as best man at my wedding and was also our photograper. As a wedding gift, he gave us a beautiful album filled with the professional wedding pictures he took. What a wonderful way to remember him! Evie and I enjoyed his friendship immensely.

  6. CandleImageMy wife Evie and I moved to Florida many years ago, in 1971. I just learned of Jack’s passing and would like to say the following:
    Jack was my best friend when I lived in Atlanta. He served as best man at my wedding and was also our photograper. As a wedding gift, he gave us a beautiful album filled with the professional wedding pictures he took. What a wonderful way to remember him! Evie and I enjoyed his friendship immensely.

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