Sharon Pursell

September 13, 1960October 5, 2012

Sharon Delia Pursell, 52, of Athens died peacefully of cancer Friday, October 5, 2012 at Athens Regional Medical Center, surrounded by close friends and family.

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 is preceded in death by her mother, Marion Lumpkin Jones, and her grandparents, Brian and Lovey Lumpkin (all of Athens). Sharon is survived by her father, William W. Pursell, Sr. and stepmother, Julie Pursell, 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); sister, Margaret Fernandez (Jess), sister, 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 DC.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at Oconee Hill Cemetery, On Sunday, October 7. There will be a celebration of her life following the service at 625 North Billups St., Athens, GA 30606.

Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the Athens Regional Medical Center. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, caregivers and hospice workers of Athens Regional.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.



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Kendra Goode

October 30, 2012

My heart goes out to the Pursell family. Sharon will be missed very much. She was a warm, loving and happy person. I will miss seeing and laughing with her. She was a wonderful person.

Leon Farmer

October 8, 2012

I grew up with Marion & remember when Shari was born. My condolences to Bill & the Pursell family, Stephani, Brad & the Foss family, the Lumpkins, & the Russell-Rigbys from an old friend.

Elizabeth Stein

October 7, 2012

My love and condolences to Shari's family and friends. I will always remember Shari's sweet smile, laugh, and soul.

Martha Lawson

October 7, 2012

Rest in peace Sharon

Katie Freimuth

October 7, 2012

Sharon worked at Haband with me. She was always happy and careful. My heart goes to her family. She is at peace and not in pain anymore.

Loretta Luke

October 7, 2012

No more pain, no more sorrow.
Only beauty in your tomorrows.
You can now enjoy the peacefulness of Heaven.

Heidi Johnson

October 7, 2012

Shari, thank you for your time here on Earth and all the good you did while you were here. I hope that you are now blessed with the peace you deserve.

Ebony Giles

October 7, 2012

Rest in peace, Sharon. The pain is no longer with you and you are at rest. You will be missed on Earth but reaping in the ultimate reward in heaven.

Alisa Wilkins Cortez

October 7, 2012

My heartfelt condolences to all of Shari's family and friends. Peace be with you all.

Tammy Williams

October 6, 2012

I know in my heart that Shari is completely healed and whole now; her sweet spirit is the only thing that shines brighter than the golden streets.