Ivester Funeral to Take Place Today in Toccoa

Funeral services for Mark Ivester, President of North Georgia Technical College, will take place this morning and will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Ivester lost his month-long battle with COVID-19 Saturday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Due to the pandemic, the family will have a private funeral service at 11 0’clock this morning at Toccoa First Baptist Church with the Reverend David Ritcey and the Reverend Andrew Ivester officiating.

However, the service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/fbctoccoa/.

Dr. Ivester was loved and well respected in the community, and the college administration noted many will want to honor him, but the family asked for privacy and that those wishing to attend the funeral would so virtually via the online link.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Tim Taylor, Mike King, Keith Powell, Woody Blasingame, Gary Butts, and Janney Sanders.

Interment will follow at the Carnes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Reverend Brett Sanders officiating.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.acree-davisfh.com.

Dr. Ivester served on the college’s Executive Team for over 20 years, as Vice President for Administration Services, Vice President of Economic Development, and Acting President, before his appointment to President of NGTC in August 2016.

Prior to his career at North Georgia Technical College, he worked for thirteen years with textile, steel, and plastic manufacturers including Diamond Carpet Mills, Gilbert, and Bennett, and NAMPAC.

He was a former member and President of the Clarkesville Rotary. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Toccoa having served as the Chairman of the Board of Deacons and taught Sunday School for several age groups over the years

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 475 E. Tugalo Street, Toccoa, Georgia 30577 or the North Georgia Technical College Foundation, P.O. Box 65, Clarkesville, Georgia, 30523 in memory of Dr. Mark Arnold Ivester.

Dr. Mark Ivester was 57.