Geoffrey Sterling Royal

Geoffrey Sterling Royal

March 19, 1971 - August 28, 2014

Geoffrey Sterling Royal, the only child of the late Glenmore Royal, Jr. and Joyce Buskey Royal was born March 19, 1971 in Houston, Texas and departed this life on August 28, 2014 in Suwanee, Georgia. He was educated in the public schools of Houston and distinguished himself as an outstanding student and musician who enjoyed playing the saxophone. Geoffrey received his Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy from the state of Texas, after graduating Valedictorian of Aldine High School, Class of 1989.

During his time as a midshipman, Geoffrey was an active member of the Midshipman Black Studies Club, letterman on the Varsity Lightweight (Sprint) Football Team, and completed basic Parachutist training at Fort Benning, GA. He majored in Electrical Engineering and was consistently on the Commandant's and Superintendent's List for academic and military performance. Geoffrey graduated with the 26th Company, and ended his tenure at the Naval Academy as the Commander of the Brigade of Midshipman, the highest ranking midshipman in the United States Navy and the fourth Black to hold this position in the Academy's history. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.

After his military service, he launched a civilian career as an telecommunications expert with Nextel/Sprint which lead to his final position at Ericsson, SE Region. He was a gifted speaker, an avid reader, a baseball/softball coach and a golf enthusiast.

Geoff is survived by his wife, former U.S. Air Force Captain, Martina S. Coulter-Royal; a daughter, Jocelyn Yvonne Royal; a son, Jackson Sterling Royal; his mother, Joyce Buskey Royal; and his grandmother, Druecilla Buskey; two aunts, Janice (James) Clarke and Wanda (Freddie) King; his uncles, Reginald (Jeffery) Royal, Kenneth Royal, Ronald (Josephine) Royal, Charles (Gertrude) Buskey, Jr., Alabama State Representative James (Virgie) Buskey and Martin Buskey; a sister-in-law, Marlissa Coulter; aunt Annie L. Hopkins and The Coulter/Hopkins family. Geoffrey will be also remembered by loving cousins, friends, co-workers and his loyal classmates from Aldine High, Class of 1989 and The U. S. Naval Academy, Class of 1993.

The funeral was held at the Aimwell Baptist Church, 500 Earl Street, Mobile, Alabama with Dr. Michael Jackson as the Officiating Minister and interment at the Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, AL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the "Our Friend Geoff Campaign" to be used for recreational scholarships at North Gwinnett Baseball Softball Association, 5885 Cumming Hwy, Suite 108-232, Sugar Hill, GA 30518; in Geoffrey S. Royal's name to the U. S. Naval Academy, School of Engineering, 121 Blake Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402 or to his childhood church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, TX 77004.