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Deceased Information

DECEASED:
Earl Masters, Jr., DDS

DATE OF DEATH:
Sunday, December 23, 2018


DATE OF FUNERAL:
Tuesday, January 2, 2018


TIME OF FUNERAL:
10:00 AM


PLACE OF FUNERAL:
Cathedral of Christ the King


PLACE OF BURIAL:
PRIVATE


VISITATION INFORMATION:


DONATIONS:
  • Weinstein Hospice 3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

  • Please contact Fischer's at (678) 514-1000 to send a message to the family.

    OBITUARY:
    Earl L. Masters Jr., DDS On the morning of Sunday, December 23, Dr. Earl L. Masters, Jr., DDS died, peacefully, at his home in Sandy Springs, after a brief illness. He was 89 years old. Born on May 12, 1929 in St. Augustine, Florida, he was a direct descendant of the Solana family who were among the original settlers of St. Augustine- the first European settlement in America, in the year 1565. He was also a direct descendant of immigrants from Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain, who arrived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1769 and later, settled in St. Augustine. Earl truly was an “ FFF” (member of the First Families of Florida) a distinction he lightheartedly shared with friends, and the occasional stranger. A proud Alum of Emory University School of Dentistry (Class of 1953), he was an esteemed dentist who practiced prosthodontics for more than 40 years; opening with his first practice in St. Augustine in 1955 before moving to Atlanta in 1965 where he practiced until his retirement in 1998. He was a respected member of the Georgia Dental Association, The Hinman Dental Association and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics. He continued his involvement with theses professional associations for many years after his retirement. A true patriot, Earl held the unique distinction of having served in not one, but three branches of the United States Military. First enlisting with the U.S Air force in 1953, after graduating from dental school where he served two years of active duty. Subsequently, he joined the USMC Reserves in 1957. In 1976, Dr. Masters resumed his military service when he joined the US Army Reserves at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, where he earned the rank of full Colonel in 1982 and retired in 1996. Earl was a man of many talents: master craftsman, master gardener, a gifted singer and all around athlete. He was a member of the Buckhead Men’s Garden Club, sang in the choir at Christ the King for 14 years, played catcher for the Emory University baseball team and coached his son Robert's local Atlanta baseball teams and other young players throughout the years. As a long standing member of the Buckhead Rotary Club, he lived a life that embodied the Rotarian ideals of service in his personal, professional and community life and always strove to advance understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship with others. As a Rotarian, he applied his many talents; leading projects for Habitat for Humanity, the development of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve as well as the Equine Therapy Stables at Chastain Park. He will forever be remembered as a true southern gentleman, humanitarian, devoted husband and loving father-generous in spirit and deed. He is pre-deceased by his three parents: his father, Earl L. Masters, Sr. his mother, Annie Laurie Masters (nee Roberts) and his beloved mom, Josephine Masters (nee Hardee) whom his father married following the death of Annie Laurie. And, his ever present sidekick- a rascally cat name Sasquatch, who, upon discovering Earl hard at work in the garden, abandoned his original owners, and laid claim to Earl as his chosen master and constant companion. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan Kennedy Masters, seven children from their blended family Lawrence Masters ( Marion), Robert Masters (Libia), Linda Masters Boatright (Lee) Robert K. Sturges (Elsira), Francine M. Sturges, Jeanne Holbrook (Tom) and Georgia D. Sturges (Joe Samora) and two grandchildren, Nick Masters and Stephanie Sturges. The family will be forever grateful for the loving care given to Earl by Weinstein Hospice. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated in memory of Earl on Wednesday, January, 2 at 10:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30305 with Rev. Monsignor Richard Lopez as Principal Celebrant. A private family burial will follow at Georgia National Cemetery, 2025 Mount Carmel Church Lane, Canton, GA 30114. A memorial celebration of Earl’s life will be held in the spring (date TBD) so that family, friends, neighbors and colleagues can gather to celebrate this humble, loving and gentle man. Sign online guest book at fischerfuneralcare.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Earl to: Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30327. www.weinsteinhospice.org. Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care, Atlanta (678)514-1000.


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    The Fischer Family
    The Fischer Family would like to extend their sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
    AvaJan 18 2019 01:15 am
    "Many are the assurances of God that can help to comfort, console and give hope during this difficult time of loss. At Psalms 34:18 it reads:"Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those who are crushed in spirit." He promises "No resident will say "I am sick."(Isaiah 33:24) Moreover, he says "Death will be no more."(Revelation 21:4)May you have the "peace that surpasses all understanding,"to keep going.(Philippians 4:7)My condolences."
    WrightDec 31 2018 09:31 am
    To the family of Earl Masters,Jr.,DDS, The eyes of Jehovah (Psalms 83v18 please read) are on the righteous and his ears listen to their cry for help. Expressing our feelings in prayer to God is a good source of therapy. It helps us to establish a personal relationship and receive the comfort he provide us. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) My condolences to the Family and friends.
    ArtinaDec 29 2018 10:26 am
    Dear Family, though your hearts are heavy with pain right now, over the loss of your dear loved one, but know that our Heavenly Father did not leave you without hope. God did not create mankind to suffer the sting of death. He lovingly provided hope of one day being reunited with our loved ones. Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:4; Hosea 13:14. I sincerely express my deepest sympathy.
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