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Byron Kent Feimster
May 16, 1957 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Born in Portsmouth, Virginia on May 16th, 1957, Byron Kent Feimster lived a joyful life filled with family, friends, and many adventures. His parents, Judith Ashworth Feimster and William Octavious Feimster, and brother Terrance Lee Feimster, first noticed his adventurous spirit when he took an interest in scuba diving around age 13, a hobby that he enjoyed for many years to come. Byron grew up in Valdosta, Georgia where he attended Valdosta High School and played sousaphone in the VHS Marching Band before graduating in the class of 1975. He went on to attend Valdosta State College (now Valdosta State University) where he joined the Zeta Nu chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and earned his BS In Biology in 1981. That same year he began working at Plant Hatch with the Georgia Power Company as a Chemistry Technician. In his free time, Byron loved to perform in plays and musicals, and it was during a Franklinia Playhouse Production, The Pajama Game, where he met and fell in love with Patti Carol Dyke. They married in 1985 and joined the First United Methodist Church and the Chancel Choir. They also began performing with the Vidalia Community Chorus, where Byron played many roles, with favorites being Colonel Hugh Pickering in a production of My Fair Lady and Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon. In 1985 he was promoted to Chemistry Foreman at Plant Hatch, then Environmental Specialist, and got his Wildlife Habitat Council certification. Outside the plant, he was an active volunteer; putting on educational performances as “Mr. Wizard” to demonstrate scientific concepts to students, presenting with the Power Town of Georgia Power and with the Environmental Teacher Corps, serving as Scout Leader for 16 years, starting with his son Justin in 1994 with Pack 933’s Tiger Cubs, as a volunteer fireman for 10 years, and a Board member and volunteer at the Altama Museum of Art and History. When the Olympic Games came to Atlanta in 1996, Byron and Patti volunteered to help with the production of the Opening and Closing ceremonies through Georgia Power’s involvement. Byron retired from Plant Hatch in 2019 after 38 years of service. Byron considered his greatest achievement to be his three children - Justin, Chandler, and Nathan, and was so happy to get the chance to meet his granddaughter Millie, born January 2nd, 2024. These are all the accomplishments of a great man, who will be fiercely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. And the moments we will remember most lie in the margins - the adventures between the bullet points of work and milestone accomplishments; the time he survived eating a poisonous plant to impress a girl; the legendary near-misses on scuba dives and motorcycle rides that he lived to tell the tale and laugh about later; his travels around the world with friends and family, and a mountain of other stories that speak to the memory of a man who lived and loved life to the fullest. His spirit of adventure, kindness, and love will live on in our hearts and minds.
A memorial service will be held at Vidalia Cornerstone Church on Saturday, February 10th, with a time of visitation from 9:30AM - 11:30AM, followed by the memorial service at 11:30AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vidalia Cornerstone Church Chancel Choir at 209 Church St., Vidalia, GA 30474 or the Nature Conservancy at 3553 East River Road, Baxley, GA 31513; 912-366-9549, https://bit.ly/Nature-Conservancy.