BLYTHE, Ga. - Mr. Arthur F. Caraway, husband of Gwen Florence-Caraway, entered into rest Sunday, June 7, 2009, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late Ann Elizabeth Dixon Caraway.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 1 p.m., at The Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mr. Caraway was a member of The Central Baptist Church and a former member of Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church in Johnson County. He was a deacon and a member of the choir. He was an insurance sales representative for 40 years, representing American General Life and National Life. He was a true man of God. God was always first in his life. He taught the boys youth class for many years and many of those boys have gone on to serve the Lord. He would tell you to "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call to Him while he is near." Isaiah 55:6. In his youth, in Kite, Ga., he played basketball and was a guard and a center. He was a heck of a ball player and they won many games because he played his heart out. Later in life, he loved to watch basketball games on TV with his wife, Gwen. He was a wonderful husband, a gentle giant of a man, who took care of his first wife, and never complained. He was able to have God's grace in every phase of his life. He left his three children with a great example to live by and a legacy of memorabilia to keep them going and serving. He and his second wife, Gwen, only had a short time together, but God gave them both grace and true love for each other. Even in his pain over the last few months he was always friendly and open for company. People wanted to be near him and visit just for a little while. He has gone on to glory and his pain and suffering are over, but we will see him again and he will know us and what a time of celebration that will be.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Grant and Edith Morris Caraway, and four brothers and three sisters.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Cathie Caraway Hemingway, and her husband, Gene, of Dublin, Ga.; son, Michael Arthur Caraway, and his wife, Betty, and son, Daniel Alvin Caraway, and his wife, Michelle, all of Augusta; stepchildren, Bryan Florence, of Thomson, Glenn Florence, of Blythe, Laurie Beard, of Oklahoma, and Melissa James, of Evans; granddaughter, Danyel Nichole Caraway; grandsons, Tony Miaco, Carlos Miaco, Daniel W. Caraway, Grant Caraway, Kyle Caraway, Tyler Caraway, and David Runyon; step grandchildren, Bryan Daniel Florence, Mitchell Florence, Betty Jane Florence, Shands James, Barrett James, and Ryan James; and great grandchildren, Dillon Caraway, Drew Caraway, and Ally Runyon.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Tony Miaco, Carlos Miaco, Daniel W. Caraway, Grant Caraway, Kyle Caraway, Tyler Caraway, and David Runyon.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to The Central Baptist Church Choir, 3006 Richmond Hill Rd, Augusta, GA 30906.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.