‘Go Pink’ to honor late Albany Area Primary Health Care dentist

Dr. Sonya Acree, a dentist for Albany Area Primary Health Care, passed away May 23 after a long battle with cancer. All the AAPHC sites are expected to recognize “Go Pink” in her memory Thursday. (File Photo)

ALBANY — Albany Area Primary Health Care is conducting a “Go Pink” day on Thursday to honor an AAPHC dentist who passed away earlier this month.

In memory of Dr. Sonya Acree, a dentist with AAPHC Glover Dental Center on Gillionville Road, pink ribbons are expected at all the AAPHC sites, while the staff, patients and the rest of the community are invited to wear pink on Thursday.

“It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one of our own, Dr. Sonya Acree,” AAPHC CEO Shelley Spires said. “Dr. Acree lost her long-fought battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 23. Dr. Acree was a dynamic individual, and her smiling presence will be greatly missed by everyone, especially our providers, staff and patients.

“AAPHC would like to honor Dr. Acree’s memory with a ‘Go Pink’ day on Thursday. We will have pink ribbons at each site, and we would like to encourage all of our staff, patients and community members to wear pink in her honor. Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Acree in a display of unity across AAPHC and southwest Georgia.”

Anyone wishing to support “Go Pink” is encouraged to wear pink — shirts, ties, ribbons or more — on Thursday.

“On May 31, AAPHC encourages all of our southwest Georgia community members to wear pink in honor and remembrance of Dr. Sonya Acree,” Spires said. “Dr. Acree was a shining light in our community, and by wearing pink we show how much she meant to our community.”

Spires said community members can check the www.aaphc.org website or the AAPHC Facebook page for more details and updates.

Acree, 50, was the daughter of Dr. Robert Taylor III and Dr. JoAnne Davis Taylor. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1986 and earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Albany State University in 1990 and a doctor of medical dentistry degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1994, her obituary said.

Her obituary adds that Acree was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and The Albany Georgia Chapter of the Links Incorporated, several professional and civic organizations, the Albany State University National Alumni Association and on the board of directors for the Albany State University Foundation.

The obituary said Acree married Tracy Bernard Glover in 1994, with whom she had two children. She remarried to Mathis Marcel Acree Sr. in 2011, with whom she had one child via surrogacy, an Albany Herald birth announcement from June of 2017 said.

The obituary said the family has requested that donations be made to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church Neighbors in Need and the Albany State University Foundation in memory of Acree.

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I'm a 2007 graduate of Georgia Southern University, and I've been a reporter for The Albany Herald since 2008. I cover news related to health care, Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, SOWEGA Council on Aging and other areas as assigned.

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