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Rev. Elvin E East, Jr.

February 13, 2022
Reverend Elvin E. East, Jr., age 73, of Lakeland, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at South Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Campus, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Elvin was born July 25, 1948, in Columbus, Ga. to the late Margie Henson Johnson and Elvin E. East, Sr. Elvin and has served as pastor with United Methodist Churches for more than 40 years and was currently serving as pastor to both Springhead United Methodist Church and Kirkland United Methodist Church. He enjoyed watching car racing, fishing, talking and he never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Roger Kelly; and a sister, Barbara Barlow.

Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Sheryl T. East, Lakeland, Georgia; three daughters, Missy East, Baconton, Georgia, Lisa Kelly, Ray City, Georgia and Amanda Jilcott of Valdosta, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Jones, and a brother, John East, both of Cordele, Georgia, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Springhead United Methodist Church in Pearson, Atkinson County, Georgia. Kind words and expressions of sympathy can be left for the family at

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