Charles Parker Doster, 81

by | December 7, 2017 12:59 pm

   Funeral services for Charles Parker Doster, 81, will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Swainsboro. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home. He entered into glory on December 2, 2017, at Meadows Regional Medical Center following an unexpected heart attack.

   Mr. Doster was born March 10, 1936, in Moultrie, the third of four sons born to the late Percy Doster and the late Juanita Huff Doster Sheppard.

   He went to Westminster Choir College at Princeton, N.J., and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music. He performed with the New York Philharmonic, recorded Handel’s Messiah with Leonard Bernstein, and performed at Carnegie Hall 22 times.

   Doster served in the Army and was sent to Germany. When he returned, he came back with the treasure of his life, his wife, Erika. Together, they had four children, Thomas (Erika) Doster of Augusta, John (Sydel) Doster, MD, of Anderson, S.C., Erika Anne Doster Passmore of Manassas, Va., and the late James Doster of Swainsboro.

   He earned a master’s degree in music education and a 6-year education specialist degree from Georgia Southern College. Doster taught music at Swainsboro High School and Swainsboro Elementary School. After retiring from the public school system with 30 years, he taught introductory music classes at East Georgia Junior College/East Georgia College for 16 additional years. He also served as the choir director at First Methodist Church in Swainsboro as well as in Millen. Later, he was music director at First Presbyterian Church of Swainsboro. Doster was best known for his extraordinary skill as a choral director. Throughout his career, he brought out the best in his students, leading to numerous wins at literary and state choral competitions.

   In addition, he was recognized in Swainsboro as OurTown Hero in June 2010 and received the honor of “Charles Doster Day” that same year. From the Forest Blade article at the time:

   “According to Mayor Schwabe, Mr. Doster ‘has made a lifelong contribution and invaluable participation in the lives of countless younger and older people.’ City Administrator Al Lawson agreed, stating that Mr. Doster ‘has touched so many lives in Emanuel County and brought so much rich culture to Emanuel County.’

   In response to being named the June OurTown Hero, Mr. Doster offered the following sentiment, ‘I would like to thank the City of Swainsboro for this honor–being named OurTown Hero. I also would like to thank Mr. J.A. Kinsaul, principal of Swainsboro Elementary School (during my years teaching there), the parents of my chorus members, and the community for their encouragement and support, for without it, we could have never achieved the level of success that we did. I was blessed to have spent my teaching career in a small town, in a loving and safe community, to rear our four children. Most of all, I thank the Lord for the gift of music and that he allowed me to pass it on to my students.’”

   Doster fulfilled the scripture “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church” (Eph. 5:25) perfectly. He was a kind, gentle, loving, and humble man. There was not a selfish bone in him; he always put others first. He loved his family with all his heart and was so proud of them and their accomplishments. He had the God-given ability to instill the love of music, that was his heart, in others. He loved his Lord and served him faithfully; he had a life well lived.

   He was preceded in death by his son, James Parker Doster, and his brothers, Freddie Doster, Edwin Doster, and, most recently, the Reverend Daniel Doster.

   Survivors include his wife, Erika Schoenweiss Doster; sons, Thomas and John Doster; daughter, Erika Passmore; niece, Sally Doster Powell; nephews, Gilbert and Edwin Doster; and his grandchildren, who were his joy and great delight, Christian James Doster, John Fields Doster, Lucas Cole Gibson, Ezekiel Duane Gibson, and Delilah Sydel Doster, all of Anderson, S.C., Natalie Sarah Passmore (Ryan) Watkins, Ethan Thomas Passmore, Gabrielle Susanne Passmore, and Amelia Grace Passmore, all of Manassas, Va.; and Anna Jeanne YooRim Doster of Augusta.

   Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of arrangements.

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