Obituaries
July 8, 2004 Issue

Esther Marsh Laster
Mrs. Esther Marsh Laster, 84, of Gibson died Friday, July 2, 2004, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Laster, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Mount Zion Congregational Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Laster.

The funeral was July 4 at 3 p.m. at Mount Zion congregational Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Seaman and Janice Laster officiating. Burial was in the Gibson First Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen and Thomas Gray, and Judy and Wayne McDonald, both of Gibson; one son, Billy and Janice Laster, Dublin; four grandchildren, Debbie Kitchens, Alex Gray, Regina Thomaston and Shannon LeFavor; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and the Concerned Citizens of Glascock County in care of Mrs. Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Road, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Moses Shelton
Mr. Moses Shelton, 87, of Wrens died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital.

Mr. Shelton served in the U.S. Army and WW II. He retired from his own business, Shelton's Saws & Mowers and was a member of the Wrens Church of God.

The funeral was July 1 at Wrens Church of God with the Rev. Terry Addis officiating. Burial was in Jefferson Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Chalker Shelton; a daughter, Angie Journell, St. Louis, Mo.; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Ray A. and Carla Lampp, Boneville, and Stevie and Wendy Lampp, Thomson; one sister, Mildred Coxwell, Wrens; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Abe Shelton, Roger Coxwell, Thomas Shelton, James Shelton, Dwight Shelton, Ronnie Shelton, Detroit Amerson and John May.

Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God Building Fund, 102 Phillips Street, Wrens, GA 30833

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


William "Moon" Mathis
Mr. William "Moon" Mathis, 82, of Avera died Friday, July 2, 2004, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Mathis, a native of Jefferson County, attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1946. He was an agriculture school teacher for 37 years at Wrens High School, inducted as a Charter Member of the Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a member and a Deacon of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a member of the Avera Volunteer Fire Department and served on Avera City Council. He also co-authored a textbook named Farm, Power & Equipment which is still used in school today. He was awarded Honorary State Farmer degree from the Georgia Future Farmers of America Association, Distinguished service Award in Agriculture Education and District Honor Award.

The funeral was July 4 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Survivors include his wife, Marviene Norton Mathis; two sons and daughters-in-law, Claude and Vianna Mathis, Thomson, and Warren and Pamela Mathis, Avera; one daughter, Marsha Hughes, Avera; one sister, Virginia Sheppard, Augusta; six grandchildren, Jason Mathis, Ashley Brown, Kim Prater, Wes Mathis, Brooke Axon and Brad Hughes; and two great-grandchildren, Drake Axon and Logan Prater.

Pallbearers were Wes Mathis, Jason Mathis, Anthony Clark, Russell Clark, Randy Sheppard and Larry Sheppard.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Avera Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Bobbie Kitchens, Post Office Box 4, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


O.E. "Pete" Purvis
Mr. O.E. "Pete" Purvis, 85, of Stapleton died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Purvis, a native of Warren County, was a retired farmer and had retired as a school bus driver from Warren County Schools after 28 years. He attended Mount Beulah Baptist Church where he was church custodian for over 25 years. He was past treasurer of the Purvis Lodge Woodmen of the World. He worked as a volunteer at the Panhandle Volunteer Fire Department and helped get it started.

The funeral was July 5 at 10 a.m. at Mount Beulah Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sutphin, Russell Davis and Roy Frierson officiating. Burial was in the church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo Purvis; two daughters, Carolyn Smith, and Mesena and Barbara Hobbs, Warrenton; two sons, Joey Purvis, Thomson, and Ronnie Purvis, Athens; eight grandchildren, Brian Purvis, Brooke Purvis, Brent Purvis, Chris McGahee, Debbie Shugart, Jeff McGahee, Brad Hobbs and Jennifer Thigpen; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sammy Purvis, Wilbur Purvis, Max Dixon, Sam Kitchens Jr., Pilcher Thigpen and Mike McGahee.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Agnes Siminivcz
Mrs. Agnes Siminivcz, 86, of Matthews died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Eisenhower Hospital.

Mrs. Siminivcz was a native of Jefferson County and a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her husband, Peter Anthony Siminivcz and her parents, Osier and Fannie Russell.

The funeral was July 6 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial was in Wrens City Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Anthony Siminivcz, Matthews; and a cousin, Mary Ann Hawkins, Matthews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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