COLQUITT -- Mrs. Esther Mae Houston Everson, 83, of Colquitt died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at her residence after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the Colquitt First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Carl Marshall and Rev. Stanley Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at the Colquitt City Cemetery with Jason East, Kyle Everson, Bernard Everson, Larry Everson, Joe Sheffiled, and Hill Moore serving as active pall bearers.

Visitation will be Friday, August 17, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Everson was born in Early County on February 23, 1929 to the late Beauchamp and Myrtle Grace Gordon Houston. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker who enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, visiting the sick and elderly, and cooking. Mrs. Everson was especially known for her coconut cakes. She was a member of Colquitt First Baptist Church where she played the piano for the Jolly Elders and the nursing home, and taught Sunday School. Through The Gideons International organization, she played the piano for worship services at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Blakely, Georgia.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Everson was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, James W. Everson, Sr., and Darlene Cox, caregiver.

Mrs. Everson is survived by one son, Jimmy (Karen) Everson of Blakely, GA; one daughter, Sandra (Jim) East of Colquitt, GA; four grandchildren, Jason East of Douglasville, GA, Erin East of Atlanta, GA, Kyle Everson of Nashville, TN, and Megan (Tory) Holton of Dayton, OH; two great grandchildren,Gavin and Harrison East of Dougasville, GA; one sister, Martha Everson of Albany, GA; and devoted caregiver, Ann Sims of Colquitt, GA.

Flowers will be accepted, but those desiring may make memorial contributions to Gentiva Hospice, Attention: Lillian Voyles, 432 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819 the Alzheimer's Association, 1512-1 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31707 ; The Blakely Camp of The Gideons International, PO Box 109, Blakely, GA 39823.

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