Sharon Delia Pursell, age 52, of Athens, died peacefully of cancer on Friday, October 5, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center, surrounded by close friends and family.
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She will be remembered for the bright light of her spirit, as witnessed by the smile she left us. Sharon was famous for her positive attitude, her generosity, and the warmth of her feeling for everyone.
Descended from Athens' historic Lumpkin family, Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Marion Lumpkin Jones, and her grandparents, Brian and Lovey Lumpkin, all of Athens. She is survived by her father, William W. Pursell Sr., and stepmother, Julie Pursell; sister, Ellen Spicer (Jordan), and her daughter, Maggie Spicer; brother, William W. Pursell Jr. (Helen), and their children, Chloe Rawls and Allison and Ian Pursell, all of Nashville; sisters, Margaret Fernandez (Jess) and Laura Byrnes (David), all of Los Angeles; beloved cousin, Stephani Foss, her daughter, Berry Maistru, and grandchildren, Gwen and Patrick, all of Athens; and cousin, Brad Foss (Barbara), of Washington, D.C.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at Oconee Hill Cemetery. There will be a celebration of her life following the service, at 625 North Billups Street, Athens.
Donations may be made to the
at the Athens Regional Medical Center.
Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, caregivers, and hospice workers of Athens Regional.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Oct. 6, 2012