Robert Symms, longtime photographer who captured the portraits of thousands of Augustans and images of visitors such as President Eisenhower and Elvis Presley, died Thursday, May 8, at the age of 83. Symms was the stepfather of Jenene Craig, Brenau professor of occupational therapy, and cousin of Kathy Amos, BULLI director.
The memorial service was Monday, May 12, at 5 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta, Georgia.
Symms won many awards for his photographs over the years and also served as a judge in numerous competitions. He received the degree of photographic craftsman in 1972 and the degree of master of photography in 1975 from the Professional Photographers of America Association.
He was also very active in the community, serving as past president of the Augusta Chapter of American Business Clubs and the Augusta Amateur Organist Association. He has served on the boards of Better Business Bureau of Augusta, Imperial Theater, The Community Outreach for the Handicapped and Bethlehem Community Center.
Along with his wife Helen, he served as co-president and presiding officer of the Adult Couples and Singles Class at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church since 1987, where he was also a past chairman of the administrative board.
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