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Loganville parade chairman dies at 39

LOGANVILLE -- A memorial service is planned for Saturday for the chairman of the Loganville Fourth of July Parade, who died Sunday after a yearlong battle with leukemia.

Patrick J. Fenneran, 39, was diagnosed shortly after last year's parade with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells.

The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Grayson United Methodist Church.

Fenneran served as the parade chairman since the event started six years ago, and he and his wife, Sharon, were the main driving forces of the parade, said Frank King, the vice chairman of the parade.

Patriotism was important to the former Marine, as was community involvement, King said.

"He really inspired a large group of community volunteers to do a lot of stuff for this town," King said. "His inspiration and leadership and sense of fun will be missed."

King said Fenneran will be honored during this year's parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. July 3.

Fenneran is survived by his wife and two children, Riley and Connor.