Laster, Marion Lynn -
Tullahoma - Dr. Marion Lynn Laster, age 85, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020. Lynn was born March 3, 1935 to Marion Preston and Nina Faye Lynn Laster. He was in the home of his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Nancye Annie Jones, in the Gibbs community of Obion County, Tennessee (now Union City, Tennessee). He graduated from Lanier High School in Macon, Georgia in 1953. He is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1956), Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S.), and University of Tennessee (Ph.D).
He began his career as an officer in the US Air Force as an aeronautical engineer at Robins Air Force Base in 1956, followed by becoming a research assistant in the Aeronautical Engineering Department of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1957 he became a test project engineer at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). He accepted a position with the Air Force at AEDC in 1961 as an aerospace research engineer, eventually moving to civil service. From then to his retirement from the Air Force service in 1997 he served as project manager, technical advisor, technical director, director of test engineering, director of technology, and deputy director of corporate planning. He authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers and reports. Honors include Outstanding Alumni Award from Auburn University (1989) and AEDC Fellow (1991).
Lynn was a family man who enjoyed studying the bible, attending church services, and serving his church as an elder. His hobbies were family history and genealogy. He published several genealogy books. He and his wife, Jeannine, were part of a small group who established the Wilson Avenue Church of Christ in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he served as an elder for 50 years.
Lynn is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Jeannine Carey Laster; one great-grandchild, Andi Amelia Register. He is survived by one sister, Nancye Laster Lindsey, and one niece and one nephew. He is survived by four children, Carole Lynn Laster Bolden (Steve), Cheryl Jeannine Laster Jacobs (Brian), Nina Michelle Laster Bradley (Alan), and Carey Preston Laster (Heather); 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, with one grand-grandchild expected in January.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lynn’s memory to the Wilson Avenue Church of Christ Benevolence Fund, 1401 Wilson Avenue, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 18, 11:00 AM at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, with Randy Davis officiating. Due to health vulnerabilities of Laster family members, attendees are requested to wear masks and observe social distancing practices.
Starts: 6/18/20 at 11:00am
Rose Hill Memorial Gardens
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Patricia Laster says:
I lost two people of great importance to me this past week: John Payne, a pastor and giant man-of-God, and my husband, Lynn. For those of us left behind, such great loss crushes our spirits and bruises our hearts. Yet, we continue to point our hopes toward Christ. Were it not for the walk towards resurrection that passes through the reality of death, nought would be left but despair. The ashes of such loss reveal what we know deep in our marrow. Death is real. Resurrection is true.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, Thou art with me. What a strange and terrible fight it has been, my Lord...and now it is over with the loss of these souls so vital to my own.
Left behind on this earth is the corpse of myself who tried to do all things properly but failed; left behind is the corpse of myself who said she was not afraid when she was terrified, who said she did not want when all she was consumed with immense hunger...
But You, Lord, are my Shepherd, acquainted with the fool ways of sheep. You meet me in the valley of all I am not, where I am finally dead enough to tell You the truth at last...
‘The valley of the shadow of death,’ You say with soft levity. Then, lifting me up, You carry me."
At the end of our days, it's my prayer that each of us hears the same sweet words that John and Lynn hear now:
“Welcome Home, my beloved”
John Rickman says:
I will remember Lynn from our years together in the Tullahoma Noon Rotary Club. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Kristine Pederson says:
We, at Premier Neurosurgery and Spine Center, would like to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy in the recent loss of Dr. Laster. It was a privilege to have had a small part in his care and we know he will be greatly missed.
Dr. Seyed Emadian and Staff
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