Irene Hughes Chastain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, May 2, 2008, Mrs. Irene Hughes Chastain, 84, beloved wife of the late Edward William Chastain for 63 years. Family members include her daughters: Patricia C. Pendleton of Blairsville, GA, Faye C. Long and husband Jimmy of Augusta, Melanie A. Chastain of Atlanta; grandchildren: William G. "Happy" Harris III and wife Amelia Newton Harris, Leigh Harris Reagan and husband Michael Reagan, and the late John Jacob Harris; great-granddaughter: Parker Ann Harris; step-grandchildren: Emily Long, Jamie Long, Jason Long, Elka Tremmel; step-great-grandchildren: Samantha and Sarah Anne Bradley and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Marie Hughes Chastain and her parents, Hobert William Hughes and Inez Brand Hughes. Irene's legacy is one of dedication to her husband, her children and the community. She was a native of Murphy, North Carolina and a resident of Augusta for 58 years. Irene was a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church, the Gleaners Sunday School Class, and former member of the Official Board and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. She was an active member of the Augusta Women's Club, serving in many capacities for 50 years. Some of her other community service included serving as an Ambassador for the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scout Leader, Parent Teacher Associations, and the Alice Warren Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the Past National President of the Military of the Purple Heart Auxiliary and held many other local, state, regional and national offices. She accumulated over 10,000 hours of volunteer service at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Irene and her husband began the Operation Buddy program 30 years ago where each month the program brings veterans from the Uptown division of the VA hospital to Mann Memorial Church for home-cooked meals and entertainment; the program continues today. In 2006, she received The President's Call to Service Award of the USA Freedom Corps presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening our nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. In January 1997, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, "in recognition of outstanding service to all people, regardless of race or faith. The award symbolizes for all Americans and for all time the unity of this nation founded upon the fatherhood of one god." Funeral services will be held today, Monday, May 5, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Colin Dacus officiating. William A. McGlamery, nephew of the deceased, will deliver the eulogy. A graveside service will follow on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 12:00 Noon in Ivy Log Cemetery in Blairsville, Georgia, with Bishop Benjamin McGlamery, nephew of the deceased, officiating. Memorials may be made to Operation Buddy, c/o Mann Memorial United Methodist Church, 2705 Milledgeville Rd., Augusta, GA 30906. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

The Augusta Chronicle-May 5, 2008