Al Lester Amos

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Al Lester Amos, 90, died August 17, 2014.

Born October 23, 1923 in LaGrange, Georgia, he was the son of James Curtis and Blanche McBride Amos. Al graduated from LaGrange High School in 1940. In his junior year at Auburn, he enlisted in the Navy's V-7 program and was assigned to Georgia Tech. He was commissioned Ensign at the Navy Academy at Annapolis in 1944, and served in the reserves, resigning as lieutenant in 1961. During World War II he served aboard the USS Herbert (APD22), the USS Varian (DE798) and the USS Wingfield (DE194) in the Pacific theater. His ship was at Balboah (Pacific side of the Panama Canal) when Japan surrendered.

He graduated from Auburn, BSEE. He worked for Western Electric (Lucent) in Burlington, N.C., and other NC cities. He then worked for Martin Marietta in Orlando. He retired after 37 years.

Al was a dedicated Christian, husband and father. He and his wife helped begin a tape ministry at FBC, Orlando, which has grown and now shares God's word worldwide. He was part of the sound/TV ministry teams for many years. Al served as a Deacon and taught Sunday school in several churches. He had also served many years at Contact and in the Emergency Room at Baptist Hospital. He was a member of the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment, having served with his wife as president couple and on the state board. In Burlington, he was president of the Camping Club and the Auburn Alumni Association, and enjoyed Texas style square dancing. Al was active for many years with North Carolinas against Intoxicated Drivers.

Survivors are his wife, Doyce Tillery Amos, of 68 years; their five sons: David McBride (Winnie) of Winston-Salem, NC, James (Jim) Henry (Marcia) of Ocoee, FL, Stephen (Steve) Lester (Martha Gimbut) of Austin, TX, Michael (Mike) John of Winston-Salem, NC, and Robert Jonathan (Jon) of Greensboro, NC; a grandson, Shawn of San Francisco, CA; a twin sister, Anne Amos Burdette (Tom) of Lexington, SC; sisters-in-law Syble Amos (Mac), of Long Beach, CA, and Eula Gore Amos (Curtis) of Summerville, GA; in addition to many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, J. Curtis Amos, Jr. and E. Mac Amos.

Memorial donations may be made to the TV Ministry, First Baptist Church, 501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.

Published in LaGrange Daily News from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2014
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