Residents of the Mitchell Park neighborhood in Evans gathered Thursday evening to hold a prayer vigil for a toddler who died earlier this week.
Max Lister, a 16-month-old, choked to death on food Sunday evening at his family’s home in the 900 block of Mitchell Lane, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office accidental death report.
Despite efforts from neighbors, emergency medical technicians and firefighters, the child later was pronounced dead at Doctors Hospital, the report said.
Thursday evening, residents came together at the Riverwood Plantation neighborhood’s gazebo to light candles and pray in support of the family. Max is survived by his parents, Jimmy and Maria Lister; a brother, David James Lister; and a sister, Sophie Maria Lister. A memorial mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Max Lister Memorial Fund, in care of Georgia Bank and Trust, 4440 Washington Road, Evans, Ga., 30809.