WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Owen Lavender, 27, beloved husband of Jami Peters Lavender of Waynesboro, Georgia, formerly of Hephzibah, Georgia, entered into rest on Sunday November 19, 2006. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday November 22, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. L. Gordon Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. A native of Augusta, Owen was the son of John E. and Patsy Bauer Lavender. He was a member of the Briar Creek Sportsman Club and Hillcrest Baptist Church. Owen enjoyed golf and softball and was an avid outdoorsman. A former cancer survivor, he also enjoyed helping other people. Survivors include: one brother, John William Lavender of Augusta, Georgia; one sister Trich Lavender Van Gorder and her husband John of Suwanee, Georgia; his paternal grandmother Ms. Mary Lavender Oglesby of Milledgeville, Georgia; His maternal grandmother Mrs. Mildred Bauer of Easley, South Carolina; his mother and father-in-law Randy and June Peters of Augusta, Georgia; three sisters-in-law Mrs. Jodi Peters Napier and her husband Daniel, Miss Kim Peters and Miss Kaci Peters all of Augusta, Georgia; one nephew Ethan Napier of Augusta, Georgia; numerous cousins, aunts , uncles and his beloved Boykin Spaniel "Bailey". Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 22, 2006 from 11:30 A.M. until 1:30 P. M. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Pallbearers will be Wil Lavender, John Van Gorder, Brent Culbertson, Gary Holder, Ty Mobley, Marc Chancey, Jason Kirkland and Paul Cibak. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Raiford, Clint Smith, Patrick Bentley, Kyle Bentley, Jeremy Brock, Josh Brock, Steven Maddox, C.J. Oglesby, Friends at Buddy & Associates, Emmitt Purdue, Jason Presley, Ray Lewis, Vaughn Taylor, Daniel Napier, Daniel Forbes and Adam Thomas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Inc., Hem/Onc BMT/ Leukemia Fund, 919 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30912.
The Augusta Chronicle-November 22, 2006