No words can truly describe the heartache and pain etched on the faces of the people inside the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Pembroke on Thursday. Especially for Gavin and Iven Newman's mom, Crystal Beasley, their dad, Randal Iverson Newman Jr., and their loved ones.
Beasley, Newman, and Ayden Wells, 6, were all released from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta on Monday.
But no one could prepare for how hard it was to say goodbye. Pictures of Gavin, 3, Iven, 4, were placed around a single silver casket that held both their bodies. Family members each paused at the casket, bowing their heads, crying, praying and grieving.
A pastor spoke about the boys. He told the crowd of their love for their families and for each other. Then, while people prayed and reflected on Gavin and Iven's lives, the Carrie Underwood song Temporary Home was gently played though out the sanctuary.
After the service, people filed out behind the silver casket. Tears and cries of sorrow were heard through out the church. Gavin and Iven's casket was placed in the back of a hearse. One by one, cars followed the hearse to the children's final resting place at the Lower Black Creek Cemetery.
Nancy Beasley, the boy's grandmother, thanks everyone who has helped the family cope with Gavin and Iven's tragic deaths. She also thanks those who stepped up to donate in the family's time of need.
Monetary donation are still being accepted at Bryan Bank and Trust and Savannah Bank in the name of the Beasely family.