Mother Mary Lue Laster

October 2019

Mother Mary Lue Williams Laster of 139 S. Village Drive, Americus, Georgia died Friday, October 4, 2019 at her residence.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of the Antioch Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia. The burial will follow in the Antioch Garden on the grounds of the Antioch Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia.

Mother Mary Lue Laster was born January 31, 1930 in Webster County, Georgia to Cora Boyton and Thomas Williams. She graduated from Staley High School in 1948. Her professional career was with Carter’s Cleaners, Davidson Textron and Williams Dry Cleaners as Owner and Manager until she retired.

She joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in September, 1941 where she was a faithful, dedicated member for over 78 years. Mother Laster served as President of the Usher Board for over 60 years, Church Secretary for 58 years, and Church Assistant Secretary for over four years. She was also the Mother of the Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, Jimmy Lee Williams, Sylvia Gadis, Cora B. Tripp, Essie Marie Williams, Willie C. Boyton, and Clayton Bryton. Ethel Mansfield, her very special friend, who was like a sister to her and Michael Pope, her grandson, also precede her in death.

She was united in holy matrimony, June 20, 1948 to Arthur Laster, Sr. Unto this union six children were born.

Mother Laster leaves a legacy of precious memories to her cherished family; six devoted children: Arthur (Kay) Laster, Jr., Pastor William (Dianne) Laster, Sr., Cynthia (Henry) Maddox, and Carolyn Williams all of Americus, Georgia, David (Almaree) Laster, Sr. of Albany, Georgia, and Reverend James (Rosetta) Laster, Sr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren. Ms. Mattie Tommie, her devoted friend. Tiffany Laster, a great granddaughter, who was her caregiver. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church members and friends also survive.