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Foster "Bo" Franklin Fender

July 10, 1941 — April 14, 2022

Mr. Foster Franklin "Bo" Fender, age 80 years old, of Pearson, Ga. passed away, Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga.  He was born, July 10, 1941, in Waycross, Ga. to Aubrey Foster and Clara Fussell Fender.  Mr. Bo made his home in Pearson where he was a hard-working farmer who always took great pride in taking care of and providing for his family.  He enjoyed being outdoors, whether that be working in the fields, running equipment, clearing land and of course, fishing.  Mr. Bo was truly a larger-than-life personality and a one-of-a-kind person.  He never met a stranger and loved people, good stories, music and more importantly, he loved the Lord and as a trustee of Cornerstone Church, Mr. Bo was able to share his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ along with his great love of family, as we were all his “Brothers and Sisters”.  He was a true landmark in our community for so many years, and a gentleman each and every time he crossed your path.  His influence through his faith, family, and friends, the last 80 years is immeasurable.  Mr. Bo was preceded in death, along with his parents, by his son, Jason Fender, and four sisters; Florence Morgan, Aubrey Lee Kirkland, Faye Vickers, and Marjorie Crosby.

Survivors include:

Wife:  Francine Sutton Fender of Pearson, Ga.

Daughter:  Michele Fender and husband, Joe Simpson-Rich of Pearson, Ga.

2 Sisters:  Patricia Kirkland of Pearson, Ga.

                Betty Ann Metts and husband, Jimmy of Pearson, Ga. 

6 Grandchildren:  Bryan Fender and wife, Brandi

                             Brandon Carver and wife, Gina

                             Justin Fender and wife, Allyson

                             Kaylee Sirmans and husband, Omar Morales

                             Melissa McKinnon and husband, Barton

                             MiKayla Hope Cyphers and husband, Luke

11 Great-Grandchildren:  Jaycee Fender, Jaylee Fender, Reese Fender, Gabe Carver, Kayden Lepe, Foster Fender, Adalyn McKinnon, Averi Cyphers, Audriona Morales, Aria Sirmans, and Asher Whit McKinnon

Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins along with many other relatives also survive. 

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Fender were held, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the Fender Family Cemetery with Rev. Allen Arrowood, Rev. William Pope, Rev. Bob Wescott and Rev. Robert Sorrow officiating along with time set apart for reflections and memories from those in attendance.  Special musical selections included, “Blessed Assurance”, “Amazing Grace”, and “When I Get Where I’m Going” all rendered by keyboardist, Lisa Sutton along with Berrien Sutton and Brad Register.  The closing song was a special recording from the 1970’s, of Mr. Bo singing, “Just a Rose Will Do” with his wife, Mrs. Francine accompanying him on the piano.  Soft music for the Prelude and Postlude was provided by keyboardist, Lisa Sutton, Berrien Sutton and Brad Register.  The interment followed in the Fender Family Cemetery.

Serving as active pallbearers were:  John Sheffield, Jerome Crosby, Dee Youngblood, Frank Sutton, Jr., Jeff Peters, and Hugh Taylor.

Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson, Ga. is in charge of the arrangements.


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