Jonathan Michael Botelho
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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Jonathan Michael Botelho, 29, entered into rest on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at his residence. Jonathan was born on December 10, 1978 in Newport, Rhode Island. He was a 1997 graduate of Long Cane Academy was employed by Richmond County Parks and Recreation at Diamond Lakes. Jonathan was survived by his parents, Dorothy Pugh Botelho of Lincolnton, GA. and Alfred J. Botelho and wife, Renee of Winterville, GA.; sister, Tammy Botelho Caudell and husband, Cale of Jefferson, GA. ; brother, Shawn T. Botelho and Amy Danner of Augusta, GA.; paternal grandparents, Alfred and Arminda Botelho of Winterville and maternal grandfather, John Hasselberger of Lincolnton; and girlfriend, Katie Miller of Augusta. Jonathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Peggy Creech Hasselberger and Herbert L. Pugh. Graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at Pine Grove Church cemetery with Rev. Philip Kinney officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Darrell Bennett, Dustin Hadden, Jamie Edmunds, David Miller, Mike O'Neill, Jesse Wagoner and Randal Regan. A memorial service will be held at Diamond Lakes in Augusta,GA. at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial contributions be made in memory of Jonathan Botelho to Augusta Recreation and Parks Department, Attn: Darrell Bennett, 2027 Lumpkin Rd., Augusta, GA. 30906. Please sign the family's online guestbook at . Friends may call at the residence of Dorothy Botelho at 2435 Chamberlain Ferry Rd. or from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at Rees Funeral Home, 195 Peachtree St., Lincolnton, GA. 706- 359-3222. Sign the guestbook at

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 6, 2008.
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August 26, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Almorinda Medeieros & family
August 9, 2008
Ya know -They say- GOD only takes the good ones young**
Leslie Hartley
August 8, 2008
Jon will surely be missed by one and all. Our sympathy goes out to the family and all other friends. We love you Jon, and will NEVER forget you.

Love Danielle and Josh
Josh and Danielle Goldman
August 8, 2008
You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and your friends.
Shana Coxwell
August 8, 2008
Wow I cant believe this has happened. Me you and Katie had some great times together and I will never forget a second of them. You truly were one of the best people I knew, and you will always be in my heart! Love you always!
Paige Williamson
August 7, 2008
We are deeply sadden by your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers at this time.
The Reff Creech family
Sara,Sally,Chip,Karen,Mary Creech
August 7, 2008
My deepest sympathies go out to the family in this difficult time. Jon was a valuable member of our recreation team, and he will be deeply missed.
Tom Beck
August 6, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kenneth, Christi, & Wesley Price
August 6, 2008
i only met jon a few times but he was a stand up guy. my thoughts and prayers go out to all that were close to him.
john raiford
August 6, 2008

There aren't really any perfect words to say at a time like this, but I guess all we can do is try. You were just one of a kind. I loved being around you. It's been a while....but we all made some memories. I remember how excited Jonathan was when he realized y'all had the same name - switched. Jon you were really, really special to all of us. We love you and will miss you more than any words could ever say.
Chi Reece
August 6, 2008
Dear Dorothy,
I am so sorry to here of your loss you have my deepest sympathy.
Deanna Custer
August 6, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It seems like just yesterday I was teaching Jon at Long Cane. Please accept my deepest sympathies
Julie Wahman
August 6, 2008
Bernie Ward Community Center Staff (Augusta Recreation and Parks Department) is truely sorry for your loss. We did not know Jonathan personally but he was still part of our recreation family.
Kim, Tiffany and Raford
August 6, 2008
There is no words but I have ears to hear you when you need me to just listen. Keep God in your life.
Emma R. Quiller
August 6, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008

Barbara Skinner
August 6, 2008
I am sorry to read about Jonathan today. Although I only met him recently and talked to him a couple of times at the ballfield he seemed to be well mannered and was a pleasure discussing baseball. I coach baseball for Hephzibah High School and as our field was being built we used Diamond Lakes field and Jonathan stopped by to watch for a while and we got to talking and believe me it was a pleasure. I am truly sorry for your lost but you must know I feel you did a wonderful job raising him as he also seemed to be a hard working young man.
John Whitledge
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