Visitation crowded with family and friends of fallen Richmond County deputy


Davis Road was lined with flag-waving members of the Patriot Guard Riders and backed up with traffic leading to Thomas L. King Funeral Home, where the visitation for Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh was held Wednesday evening.

Paugh, who was shot to death early Sunday, was an old family friend of Larry Wylds, who came to the visitation. Wylds remembers Paugh as a good person, and someone who enjoyed life.

“He was always good about being the butt of our jokes,” Wylds said with a smile. “He treated everybody fair, and was just a good guy.”

Wylds said he plans to ride with the Patriot Guard motorcycle riders in the funeral procession today.


The funeral procession after today’s services will cover six miles, from First Baptist Church of Augusta to Hillcrest Memorial Park. Intersections are not expected to be closed until after the service, which starts at 11 a.m. The motorcade will leave the church at 3500 Walton Way Extension and head south on Jackson Road to North Leg, where it will turn onto Gordon Highway and into Hillcrest Cemetery on Deans Bridge Road.

The procession will include representatives from the Augusta Fire Department, along with wreckers from towing companies.

– From staff reports