Mavis Elizabeth (Lark) MooreNovember 24, 1960 ~ August 9, 2017 (age 56)
Mavis Elizabeth Lark Moore of Graves/Dawson, Georgia went to live with Jesus, Who she believed in with all her heart, on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Her Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Dawson United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Visitation with family and friends will take place at the church from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P. M. The service will begin at 2:00 P. M. with those in attendance asked to come dressed in jeans and t-shirts (her typical dress). Mavis requested that there be no flowers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lee Poupard Medical Fund at the Bank of Dawson, P.O. Box 230, Dawson, Georgia 39842, Attention: Delle Giovingo. Mavis will be laid to rest privately in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Lark-Moore lot. Everyone who wishes to continue to celebrate her life and homecoming are invited to come to Bluffton, Georgia to the Weston Lee Memorial Benefit Concert and 5K Run being held all day on August 12th. Mavis was very much anxious to attend this event and her family and friends are encouraged to represent her there.
Mavis was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on November 24, 1960 to her parents, William “Billy” Hodnett Lark, Jr. and Jean Weston Lark. She grew up in Graves, Georgia and attended Graves United Methodist Church and later Dawson United Methodist Church. Mavis attended school at Terrell County Elementary and Terrell Academy where she graduated from high school in 1978. Mavis began working as a store clerk for her father in the family business, Lark’s Department Store, at the age of nine and worked there until the she was 18 years old. She also worked at Terrell County Hospital as a nurse’s aide. Mavis graduated from LaGrange College with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and later took Master’s level courses in the area of Social Work. She was Youth and Children’s Director at Moultrie United Methodist Church upon completion of college and then became Youth Director at Dawson United Methodist Church. This career working in the churches spanned 16 years. Mavis then became County Director of Terrell County Department of Family and Children Services from which she retired. During this career she worked in the counties of Terrell, Dougherty, Decatur, Randolph, Webster, Calhoun, Lee, and Sumter in the capacities of Case Manager, Social Services Supervisor, Deputy County Director, and County Director. As “The Bucket Lady”, she was a motivational speaker and life coach and also was a trainer in County Director Leadership for Georgia DFCS.
Her affiliations in the past and present are the Georgia County Welfare Association, Terrell County Chamber of Commerce Board, Terrell County Board of Health, The Methodist Children’s Home Board, and Juvenile Court Panel Review.
Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Wayne Moore; parents, William H. "Billy" Lark, Jr. and Jean Weston Lark; maternal grandparents, Sheriff Albert Chester Weston and Avis Spooner Weston of Fort Gaines and Bluffton, Georgia; paternal grandparents, William H. “Will” Lark, Sr. and Mary Bartlett Lark of Dawson, Georgia; and first cousin, First Lieutenant Weston Cecil Lee, of Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Bluffton.
She is survived by longtime friend, William Thomas “Tom” Jennings of Rochelle, Georgia; maternal aunt and uncle, Aldene Weston Lee and William Edward “Eddie” Lee of Bluffton, Georgia; first cousin, Chester Robert Lee of Bluffton, Georgia; cousins, William Jason (Kayla) Lee, Alyssa, and Addison of Ashburn, Georgia; Jakyn Jennings (Chris) Tyson and Thomas of Swainsboro, Georgia; Alison Jennings of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia; cousins, Alan and Ardis Hammock, Robert (Ashley) Hammock, Case, and Avery of Moore Haven, Florida; Sarah Hammock (Pedro) of Clewiston, Florida; Mary (Wally) Binns of Albany, Georgia; Crystal Jones of Dawson; Timothy “Tim” and Julie Senn of Dawson, and Bill and Frances Jordan of Graves, Georgia; and her Youth Darlings.
At a later date to be decided upon, family and close friends will celebrate with a time of storytelling, laughter, and toasting at Mavis’ home.