Hawes family funeral

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, December 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It's a time to remember and celebrate the life of one-year-old Jordan and three-year-old Shakayla Hawes. Rev. Cindy Jones said the Hawes are not members of Whole Life Ministries but the family has visited the church several times.

"Anyone that knows anything about us at Whole Life, were all about the city and changing the city by the glory of God and how could we close our doors to such a tragedy that has touched the hearts of everybody in this city," Rev. Cindy Jones said.

So many people were touched that many in the community came together to raise money for the funeral. Thousands of dollars raised at Kenny's Master Kutz and from a memorial fund set up at Georgia Bank and Trust.

"I don't think there's anyone that hasn't been touched by this incident. And of course we want to do and reach out and do anything we possibly can at this time of need with this family."

Rev. Jones said they are praying for the Hawes family and everyone who's been touched by this tragedy.

"Especially me being a children's pastor. It hits home you know with any child. God loves children and that's his heart. And so our prayers just go out and we have been lifting them up on a daily basis."

She said one of the greatest things Senior Pastor Dr. Sandra Kennedy preaches about is you have to celebrate the life without dwelling on the tragedy.

"The greatest thing is to celebrate the lives of those children. How short they were... one and three-years-old...I believe, that we have to celebrate the lives of the joy they brought in and focusing on those positive and those happy times. That's the best thing to do is to keep their attention on the good times," Rev. Jones said.

The funeral is open to the public. The viewing will start at 11:00 Wednesday morning. The funeral will start at 1:00 in the Whole Life Ministries chapel. The chapel holds 400 people. The church has also set up an overflow area located in the next room. Which will allow 300 people to listen and watch the funeral service on a big screen.


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  • by Kimberly Caslin/Armstrong Location: Chattanooga,TN. 37406 on Dec 8, 2007 at 09:38 AM
    I just wanna send out my heart and prayers to the mother and family and I pray that those 2 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN rest in peace.
  • by Michelle Location: Wrens on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    i would like to say my god bless this family in their time of need and that God have mercy on the mothers soul. I didn't know these children but they have touch my heart. So to the family I say may God take this load off your hearts it may take time just trust in him and he will make every thing all right. Just trust and believe!!!!!!!!!! Your in my prays and may God bless you all.
  • by Webb Location: Waynesboro on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    Often in life things happen that we question, but it does not bring us closure. Appreciating what we have and living life to the fullest is the solution to creating an inner peace. May GOD bless and heal this family.
  • by Regina Location: Augusta on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    I am so sorry Shakayla and Jordan. I wish I had known you two and recieved the same joy your loved ones must have felt with you being a part of their lives. You are loved.
  • by m. palmer Location: augusta, ga on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    There are no words anyone can say to help or heal the broken hearts of the Hawes family, but trust in God and you will find peace and love through this, and to the mother, i'm praying for you, and if no one forgives you God does and he will help you, all you have to do is pray and believe that jesus is the son of god and all your sins will be forgiven.
  • by Laura Location: Martinez, GA on Dec 5, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Hawes family in this terrible tragedy. As the mother of 6 and my 2 youngest being the ages of these two precious angels. I can't help but cry and ask God why did this have to happen to them. May you find peace in Jesus. Heaven has gained two more angels. Just so sad. :(
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    I hope their mother suffer the exact same way those poor innocent kids suffered. I have no sympathy for her because she is nothing but the devil!!!
  • by Cara Location: Beech Island, SC on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    Leigh, Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Here is the address for Ga Bank and Trust Hawes Memorial Fund Georgia Bank and Trust 3530 Wheeler Rd Augusta, GA 30909 Their phone number is 706-738-6990
  • by Rob Location: thomson on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:22 AM
    I mourn for the lost children but i also pray for the mother, i am not defending nor condoning what she has done but i pray that she some how sees jesus throughout this horrific ordeal. GOd bless her family and her loved ones.
  • by colleen rosier Location: grovetown on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    i just wanted the hawes family to know that i am a mother of four children .and that my heart is very saddened by your tragic lose of those two beautiful angels.i know that god has a callinr for everyone but i just dont believe that he had called those precious babies home in that way..i try not to shed tears every time i see the news cover on the story of their death.although sometimes it hard not to cry on the onside.i am so very sorry for what happened to those two little angels..god will hold and love them forever.may god be with your family in you time of loss..i just hope that one day the mother realizes how luck so was to have such beautiful children.and that they did not deserve what se done to them.. god bless..
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