Amelia Denicke Lasater

Published 8:28 pm Friday, June 10, 2022

Amelia Denicke Lasater, 84, of St. Simons Island, formerly of Hogansville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Hospice LaGrange surrounded by her daughter, Kathy and son in-law, Mark.

Amelia was born in Atlanta to Rudolph Weaver “Rudy” Denicke, Sr. and Betty Moore Denicke. She graduated from Decatur High School and went on to attend UGA. In 1957, she met pharmacist James “Jim” Lasater while filling a prescription. He cleverly insisted she write down her phone number on the check she paid with which he later used to call and ask her out on a date. She accepted and they were married later that year. In 1964, they moved to Hogansville and started Lasater Drugs.  Together they operated Lasater Drugs until 1979 when they sold the drugstore and embarked on a successful career in real estate/appraisal.

In 2000, Amelia and Jim retired to St. Simons Island.  Amelia loved history and soon became immersed in the local history of the island.  She served as Docent for the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum for many years.  Amelia was often finding ways to be of benefit to her community and was actively involved in P. E. O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) for 15 years, providing aid and support to women seeking to advance their education.  Amelia was an active member of St. Simons United Methodist Church and the Beacon Sunday School Class.

Amelia was one of the finest hostesses and often enjoyed entertaining guests at her home.  Although, those who knew her well knew she was not fond of cooking, she did know where to find the very best restaurants and would be sure to secure a reservation.  Amelia would frequently be found at her favorites, Crabdaddies and Georgia Sea Grill, enjoying the local seafood delicacies with her friends and family.

Amelia enjoyed traveling and took many trips throughout the United States and abroad with family and friends.  Amelia loved playing games, her favorites were Bridge, Mahjong, and Rummikub. 

Many times, per week she would be playing one or the other and she often hosted games. 

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Rogers (Mark) of Mountville; granddaughters, Rebecca Robinson (Michael) of Woodstock, Jamie Haley (Clay) of Hartsville, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Landon Robinson, Logan Robinson, Ricky Haley, Kathleen Haley;  sister, Rosemary Rogers (Alton) of Covington;  brother, R. W. “Pete” Denicke, Jr. (Phyllis) of Suwanee; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Jim” Lasater, son, James E. “Ed” Lasater, Jr.; and nephew, Mark Denicke.

The funeral service will be  4 p.m., Sunday, June 12, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday.  Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com

Amelia had a truly beautiful spirit and will be missed by so many.  Family and friends can find peace knowing that she is eternally living on “island time” with a good book and a cool beverage.