DaVitte family issues statement to thank community

After hundreds of family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to the life of William R. DaVitte, his family released a statement to The Augusta Chronicle thanking the community for its continued support.


DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.

In the statement, the family said the community’s support has been of great comfort to them.

“Over the last few days, you have all shared your grief, tears, hugs and handshakes,” the statement said. “We want you to know we have felt your love for Bill.”

DaVitte, a long-time member of Marvin, worked at Resolute Forest Products (Augusta Newsprint) for 31 years. He was an avid golfer who also leaves behind two children and three grandchildren, his family said.

DaVitte’s funeral was held Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial followed in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., several hours after DaVitte was killed. Robinson remains in custody in Jacksonville, and there is no timetable on when he’ll be extradited to Columbia County.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday afternoon that there were no updates on the case.


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Statement from the William R. DaVitte family:

The family and friends of Bill DaVitte would like to thank all of you who have comforted and supported us since Bill was taken from us.

Over the last few days, you have all shared your grief, tears, hugs and handshakes. We want you to know we have felt your love for Bill. We’ve welcomed your laughter too and the stories you shared of the good times with Bill. He touched all of us and we are grateful for your memories. We will add them to our own.

Bill was special and so are all his friends.

You meant so much to him.

You mean so much to us.


Thank you,

The Bill DaVitte Family

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