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Mr. Norman Shelton Tester

ALBANY, Ga. -- Mr. Norman Shelton Tester, 66 of 1535 Webb Street, Albany, Ga. died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Matthews Funeral Home with interment in the Floral Memory Gardens. The Dr. Ronald R. Baxley officiated.

Mr. Tester was a native of Thomson where he graduated from Thomson High School in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation. He served in Okinawa and then was stationed in Albany, Ga. After leaving the Marines, he worked at the Marine Corps Logistic Base for 30 years. He had been retired for the past 11 years. He was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was active in all aspects of the church. He also started and taught the RA's program at Putney Baptist Church in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hartsfied Tester of Albany; two sons, Randy Dewayne Tester and his wife Elizabeth and Michael Ross Tester , all of Albany; a sister and brother in law, Mary Ruth Tester Trivett and Eli Trivett of Thomson; a stepbrother, Jack Arrington of Wrens; stepson Tommy Hartsfield (Sharon) of Mitchell County; two stepdaughters, Debbie Harrell and Cheryl Suggs (Richie) of Mitchell County; nine grandchildren, Christopher and Caitlin Tester, Albany; Kelli Hartsfield, Christopher Highsmith, Nichole Hartsfield, Sabrina Lynn, Chrissİ Harrell, Adam Harrell and Brandon Harrell; a great granddaughter, Shelby Lynn Harrell; four sisters-in-law, Helen Tester of Johnson City, Tenn. Pat Howard of Stockbridge, Betty Wingate of Norcross, and Barbara McDonald of Albany; several nieces, Christine Tester Knighton of Plano, Tex.; Sherry Trivett Neal of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ruth Tester McNabb of Unicoi, Tenn., Vickie Tester Wilkins of Grovetown, Nancy Trivett of Thomson, Gay Tester Friday of Gray, TN, Linda Trivett Josey of Waynesboro, Ga.; one nephew, Jackie Arrington of Virginia and a number of great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Web posted on Thursday, January 8, 2004

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