In Memoriam...

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard:

3 April 1932 - 15 October 2021

Funeral Service was held at October 20, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Sarah Barnard:

Christian Obituary for

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard


Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard died on Friday, October 15, 2021, she was 89 years of age and had been married over 53 years to the late William J.O. Barnard.


Sarah Frances Jenkins was born on April 3, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Mr. Grover Cleveland Jenkins and Elizabeth Marcella Kramer. She was baptized in June of 1944 in Little Rock. She met her husband, William Joseph Orvin Barnard in Japan, and became a military wife on July 9, 1952 when they married at Grace Lutheran Church in Poplar Bluff, MO. Sarah was later confirmed in her faith on December 24, 1961 at First Lutheran Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sarah and Bill lived in many places before settling in Augusta. They became members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on June 27, 1974 via transfer from University Lutheran in Clemson, SC. Sarah was a member of the Our Redeemer Quilters and the Altar Guild. She enjoyed helping others and volunteered for several years at the Fort Gordon Thrift Shop. Sarah was a loving mother and will be missed by many friends and family.


Family members include her children: Zandra Mobley, Chris Sammons, Bill Barnard, Libby Brock, and Bob Barnard (Joanne); 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Elizabeth Jenkins, her husband William J.O. Barnard, and daughter, Robin Shipley.


The family will receive friends at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 beginning at 1:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M., a funeral service will be held in the Our Redeemer Sanctuary. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery following the Church service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 402 Aumond Rd., Augusta, GA 30909.

Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest: 13 January 1932 – 12 August 2021

Funeral Service held August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Bernice Priest:

Christian Obituary:

Mrs. Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest, age 89, of Augusta, GA, beloved mother of Joy Morris, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 12, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Priest on November 20, 1988 after 37 years of marriage; her parents, Bernahard and Lona Doberenz Gerler; brother, George Gerler; sister, Dorothy Bachmann. Bernice was born in Friedensburg, Missouri, on January 13, 1932. She grew up in a large family with 6 siblings. She is survived by four: Norma Seward, Ruby Kramer, Maxine Coursey, Leo Gerler. In addition to her daughter Joy, Bernice is survived by her granddaughter, Melinda Lee Sanders (Gregg); grandson, Michael John Morris (Amanda); two great grandsons, Lucas & Jacob Sanders; numerous nieces, nephews, greats, and godchildren.

Bernice was baptized on February 1932 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedensburg, Missouri. In April of 1946, She was confirmed in her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, Missouri. In 1950, Bernice moved to Augusta, GA as a young adult and met the love of her life, Jack Edward Priest. She joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1951. She remained an active faithful member for over 60 years and was lovingly known as “Mama Priest”. Bernice cherished her church family and was quick to serve others wherever and whenever she was needed. Throughout her life, one of her greatest joys was taking care of children and sharing the Gospel with all of them. Her desire was that every person know the love of Jesus. Bernice was a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Choir, Altar Guild, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Quilters, kitchen helper, photographer, and was involved in several Bible studies. Bernice was quick to help people who were homebound, in the hospital, or in nursing homes. She never wanted anyone to feel alone and showed compassion to everyone. The legacy of Christ’s Love that she leaves behind is immeasurable. Bernice was adventurous, always up for a road trip and enjoyed an annual beach getaway with her niece, and 3 dear friends. She was an amazing seamstress and loved to Crochet. Bernice loved lunch dates at Olive Garden and Sticky Fingers with her daughter Joy. Time spent with others was precious to her. Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great grandmother, godmother to many, Mama Priest, B, dear friend and most especially known as a child of God, Bernice, now is with Jesus her Savior in heaven.

The family will receive loved ones on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 402 Aumond Road in Augusta GA from 12noon-1:30pm. The funeral service will follow at 2pm. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. For those unable to attend, you may view her Funeral at https://www.orlcaugusta.com or at the Church’s Facebook page. The family requests that masks be worn by those coming in person and areas for social distancing will be available. Pallbearers include: Craig Steedley, Dean Niehoff, Robert Lack, Norm Diebold, Billy Jowers, Gary Stroebel

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church General Fund or the ORLC Quilters at 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, GA 30909