Community support comes through for family of victim

Friday, March 27, 2009 8:35 AM
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A family friend of Laverne Par­sons said community support has been overwhelming in helping the slain woman’s husband and son cope with her death.

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Mrs. Parsons, 41, of Grovetown, was severely beaten after apparently walking in on a burglary at her home in the Orchard Hill subdivision Wednes­day, authorities said. She died Thursday.

She is survived by her husband, David, and her son, Derek, a seventh-grader at Evans Middle School.

About 50 adult friends and more than 20 of Derek’s teammates from the four baseball teams he plays on visited Mrs. Parsons at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after the attack, said Derek’s baseball coach and family friend, Wayne Watts.

“I have been completely overwhelmed with people calling me and asking me how they can help,” Mr. Watts said.

Friends have volunteered to cook meals for Mr. Parsons and Derek, offered space in their homes, picked up vehicles and much more, Mr. Watts said.

Two Columbia County schools were coping with the tragedy Thursday.

School psychologists and counselors were at Lewiston Ele­mentary and Evans Middle schools to help students deal with Mrs. Parsons’ death.

“We’ve had our counselors and our school psychologist on hand to be able to assist those students that were close to the family to be able to comfort them,” said Evans Middle Principal Michael Johnson.

In addition, Mr. Johnson said, students have written letters and cards to the Parsons family. He said he was among those who visited David and Derek at the hospital Wednesday.

Mr. Johnson said the school also started collecting donations for the family. Those wishing to donate can write a check made out to the Parsons Family, c/o Evans Middle School, 4785 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA 30809.

Wesley United Methodist Church also is collecting funds to support the Parsonses. Donations can be mailed to the church at 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, GA 30809.

School psychologists and counselors also were at Lewiston Ele­men­tary to comfort children living in the Orchard Hill subdivision.

“They’re talking with those children and trying to allay their fears,” said Lewiston Principal Michael Doolittle.

Lewiston pupils and staff are also dealing with another loss. A first-grade teacher at the school, Melba Dodgen, suffered a personal tragedy when her son, 1st Lt. George S. Dodgen, 27, a Fort Gordon soldier, was killed in a car wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway early Wednesday.

Dr. Doolittle said counselors met with the teacher’s pupils Thursday.

“It’s a lot to swallow at one time, but we’ve got people that know what to do, and we’re blessed for that,” he said.

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triscuit
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triscuit 03/27/09 - 09:46 am
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It says where to mail a

It says where to mail a donation, but who would you make the check out to? The Parsons or the church (for them to write a check)? God bless this family and all their relatives and friends. Also, my sympathies to the Dodgen family in the loss of their son...the are a wonderful family too.

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andywarhol 03/27/09 - 09:53 am
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I'd make it out to the

I'd make it out to the Parson's family. We don't need the church trying to take their percentage.

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g-dog express 03/27/09 - 10:08 am
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Based on what andywarhol,

Based on what andywarhol, what is your experience or knowledge of Wesley and what they do with money?

triscuit
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triscuit 03/27/09 - 10:12 am
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andywarhol: I can assure you

andywarhol: I can assure you Wesley UMC would not take a percentage of any donation. I know in my own church that often they ask that checks be made to the church and then the church cuts one check to the family/project. How unkind and cynical can you be??

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Fiat_Lux 03/27/09 - 10:13 am
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Apparently, Andy, you are a

Apparently, Andy, you are a disgusting person, just like the man whose name you chose to identify yourself in this forum. Anti-social, narcissistic, hateful.

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Craig Spinks 03/27/09 - 10:21 am
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See how the Christians love

See how the Christians love one another! Would the good people of WUMC, EMS and LES please pray for (A)ndywarhol.

420Time
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420Time 03/27/09 - 10:26 am
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I will volunteer to swing the

I will volunteer to swing the sword to the back of this perps neck for free.

marie21
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marie21 03/27/09 - 10:33 am
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I am praying for this husband

I am praying for this husband and son that have lost their precious loved one.

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MELL coach 03/27/09 - 10:42 am
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Checks should be made out to

Checks should be made out to Wesley United with the Parsons family noted on the check. Donations for victims go through a non-profit organization, such as a church, then into an account. There is an account set up for the Parsons family in a local bank. Donations will go through the church without them taking a cut.

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chey 03/27/09 - 10:51 am
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I will be donating. I hope

I will be donating. I hope they find this looser and he gets the book thrown at him/her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and may they somehow find peace through this hardship.

i agree with andywarhol. Fiat_lux and triscuit, I would never attend any church that you attend, simply because of your nice "christian" attitude towards andy. There are too many churches out there that take, take, take and beg for money. I'm not accusing WUMC of doing this, but the way churches are, I wouldn't be surprised.

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triscuit 03/27/09 - 11:36 am
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RockNout, "andwarhol" is the

RockNout, "andwarhol" is the one that first accused Wesley of taking a cut of donations. That was an unkind thing to say. So "andy" may be a good person, but what was said was uncalled for. Even a non-Christian could see that. And I won't lose sleep over the fact that you would not attend my church. Good grief people, this tragedy is horrible, can't we come together for this family? Imagine what folks from the Parsons' town in PA must think of us as they read these comments?

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jpar 03/27/09 - 12:04 pm
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In order to get a tax

In order to get a tax deduction you have to make your donation to the church who then makes out a check for the family.I agree 99% of churches are no more than self serving country clubs but every now and then they do help people instead of adding a wing to the club.

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Signal Always 03/27/09 - 01:26 pm
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A woman is killed, a son is

A woman is killed, a son is without his mother, a husband without his wife, donations are being asked for, and you people are worried about a GDamn tax deduction?

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bb4560 03/27/09 - 02:26 pm
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yes andy i agree with the

yes andy i agree with the other comments about you, you are ridiculous you know nothing about that church i don't even go to that church but there are some wonderful people there i have had the privilage of getting to know some of the members awesome people and yes my heart goes out to mrs parsons family and i hope and pray that they catch her killer very soon.

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Signal Always 03/27/09 - 02:36 pm
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Are you talking to me, bb?

Are you talking to me, bb? I'm trying to defend the church. I know many of the churches in the area from Thomson to Augusta and they all do great work. I'd also bet a grand that 100% of ANY donation made to this cause will go directly to the cause, not, as one has mentioned, after it was dipped into by the church.

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GaMedic 03/27/09 - 03:00 pm
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As a Christian I will not

As a Christian I will not only pray for the Parsonses, but that we do a better job of being the body of Christ. What I hear in these comments are people who have been hurt by people. Please remember that any group..church, school, community..is made up of imperfect human beings. Please don't judge everyone by the actions of a few. Are all wait staffs sloppy because some drop plates? Are all teachers poor educators because some children fail? Will you still call 911 for help even though some law enforcement personnel are crooked? And jpar must be very busy attending church; 100% of churches experienced & a 99% negative result - wow! Let me be the first to apologize, for any hurt caused by the church, on behalf of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Who loves you- and Who gives me grace every day when I fall over my own humanity.

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1trugent 03/27/09 - 03:44 pm
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There are many people who

There are many people who refuse to go to church because they are always asking for money, but those same people will go to to the churches and ask for handouts. Not all money goes into the preachers pockets. A lot of it is used to help those in need and this family is in need.

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1trugent 03/27/09 - 03:47 pm
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And the Methodist Church is

And the Methodist Church is one of the most giving churches I know of.

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FallingLeaves 03/27/09 - 04:31 pm
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I saw pictures of Ms. Sears

I saw pictures of Ms. Sears and Ms. Parsons on the website where they used to work, as well as this picture above. They are both very pretty. I've never lived next to a co-worker before, that would be helpful if we had to carpool.

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curly123053 03/27/09 - 09:09 pm
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I used to belong to a rural

I used to belong to a rural church that collected money for an uninsured family whose child died in an accident. My church accepted donations from the public, then paid for the helicopter that took the child to MCG and paid all medical bills and funeral expenses and gave the family the excess of the donations. My church did not take any cut from the donations and I do not think WUMC will either. Somebody always has to bring up the negatives in life. The biggest negative here is a family has lost a loving family member and they are in need right now. My prayers are with them.

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