Mary Lucy Probst (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lucy Probst, 91, of 3585 Prater Rd., entered into rest on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta. Mrs. Probst was the daughter of the late Herbert Long Ware and Wootie Callaway Scott. She was born in Lincoln County and educated at Young Harris College and Georgia State College for Women. Upon graduation she worked with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan. She later worked with the 7746th Communication Intelligence Service in Frankfurt, Germany where she met and married Kurt Robert Probst. Both of their children, Christina and Curtis, were born in Germany. They returned to the States and to Lincoln County in 1963 where she was employed with the Lincoln County Health Department and retired after 26 years. Mrs. Probst descends from one of the "First Families of Lincoln County" and is an avid collector of family and county history. She has made numerous donations of antique items to the Lincoln County Historical Society to help furnish the May House and many of the other outstanding historical structures in the Historical Park. She is a founding member of The Mildred Estes Fortson Heritage Foundation, Inc., the organization working on the restoration of the Wright House in Lincoln County, built in 1792. Mrs. Probst family has been members of the Anthony's Chapel Church from its brush arbor days. She has been personally involved with the success of their Men's Fellowship Breakfast and the annual Wild Game Supper. Mrs. Probst was a former den mother for Cub Scout Pack #23 and was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America. She was named as an outstanding contributor to both the Boy Scouts and to the new Boy Scout Camp in Lincoln County. Mrs. Probst, with her extraordinarily keen interest in preserving Lincoln County history, has opened many doors for our Library to move forward with projects we never could have undertaken. She has provided ideas and donated hours and hours of her time to make those ideas come to life. When the resources were not there, she provided them. Her donations to the Genealogy Department in the Library include many original historical documents, pictures and countless books. She provided the funds to purchase a scanner to accommodate the projected plans of scanning and archiving records from the courthouse. Survivors include a son, Curtis Probst and wife, Maralyn of Oakemos, Michigan; two grandchildren, Caleb Ware Probst and Casey Nicole Probst; and several close friends. Mrs. Probst was preceded in death by her husband, Kurt Robert Probst; and a daughter, Christina Probst Harding. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Anthony's Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Susannah Davis, Rev. Larry Bauman and Rev. Jim Leonard officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Caleb Probst, Greg Norman, Tommy Norman, Marcy Remsen, Murray Remsen and Emory Ware. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Anthony's Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 38, Lincolnton, Ga. 30817 or to the Lincoln County Library, in care of Genealogy Department, P.O. Box 310, Lincolnton, Ga. 30817. Friends may call at the residence or from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2008 at Rees Funeral Home, 195 Peachtree St., Lincolnton, Ga. 706-359-3222. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-January 17, 2008