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Scope and Content Note

Three document boxes of George A. Mester's correspondence, subject files, and church materials.

Biographical Note

The following biographical note excerpted from George A. Mester’s obituary(George Mester of Nashville, Tennessee, 1942-2019,

“George A. Mester, Age 77, of Nashville passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Alive Hospice after a brief illness.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 51 years, Janice A. Mester; his daughter, Martha (Jason) Cooper of Mt. Juliet, TN; his son, Timothy (Diane) Mester of Longmont, CO; his sister, Marian Swan of Sevierville, TN; his nephew, Bill Peters; his nieces, Carol Jamieson and her family and Elizabeth Peters; and his grandson, Ryan Cooper.

Born in Knoxville, TN, he was the son of the late Donald F. and Eleanor G. Mester. After graduating from West End High School in Knoxville, he attended Freed Hardeman University.

As a locksmith, George was known as the “Safe Guy” in the Nashville area. His expertise and knowledge of safes and locks was well known throughout Middle Tennessee and even in surrounding states, making him a vault of information for fellow locksmiths. He was a member of ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America) and many other locksmith organizations.

George was a member of the Church of Christ and has been with the Crieve Hall congregation since 1984. He drove a bus for the Inner City Ministry of Nashville for many years, bringing hundreds of kids to Bible classes. He was active in evangelism, whether personally or with a group. The Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch was another work he passionately supported.

When not busy with locks or safes, George enjoyed fixing and cleaning his cars, flea marketing, and helping others with various household tasks.”

Donor Note

Acquired from Dr. Holloway's Estate Sale


The processors retained the original order as received as much as possible.

Content List

See PDF finding aid for folder inventory.



Extent of Collection

1.35 linear feet (3 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #560

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

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Finding Aid created by

Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz


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