North Augusta community remembers, honors Ella Bumgardner

Staff Photo by Nick Terry North Augusta Department of Public Safety leads the funeral procession for Ella Bumgardner down Georgia Avenue on Wednesday.

NORTH AUGUSTA — For a few minutes early Wednesday afternoon, downtown North Augusta stood still.

Traffic stopped, shop owners stood in front of their businesses and residents lined Georgia Avenue to pay respects to the late Ella Bumgardner, the 10-year-old daughter of the Rev. Jeff and Jody Bumgardner of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, who died last Friday and was laid to rest Wednesday.

Ella, who was also an organ donor, suffered a brain aneurysm while at the church Oct. 5 and died Oct. 7 in Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“She was a very sweet, gentle-spirited child,” said Dena Riley, the children’s minister at First Baptist Church of North Augusta. “She was just very soft-spoken, kind, considerate and thoughtful. She was really a delight to be around.”

Green was Ella’s favorite color, and everyone who lined Georgia Avenue sported some sort of attire in the color. Continue reading
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