OXFORD, Ga. - Ida M. Arbeau, 83, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton, Ga. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show In the Heat of The Night. Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or "Ms. Ida". In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Danny Ray Smith, granddaughter Tracy Bell and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Jackie (John) Shaffer, Louise (JW) Bell, Dennis (Amelia) Smith and Joel (Tonya) Smith; grandchildren, Becky, Lisa, Joe, Keri, Dennis, Michael, Daniel, CJ, Leigh and Jennifer; 33 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Johnny Thompson and Homer Thompson and sisters, Olive Wilbanks and Sara Thompson. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Ingram officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Canaan, a Youth Ministry of Canaan Baptist Church in Ms. Arbeau's memory. Online condolences may be made at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral Home, 11405 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA. 30016 (770) 786-7111
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Wheeler Funeral Home And Crematory
11405 Brown Bridge Road
Covington, GA 30016
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2015