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Auburn “Pete” Davis, longtime Georgia Baptist pastor, died Oct. 14 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Davis pastored several churches in the Middle Georgia area primarily in the Dodge and Pulaski-Bleckley Associations before retiring earlier this year. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Daphne Jones of Cochran; and brother, Luther Davis of Athens.


Columbus Goodman Walden, Jr. died Oct. 10. He was 84.

A native of Lumber City, Walden was a member at Fishing Creek Baptist Church in Lumber City and served in numerous leadership roles throughout his church and community. His service included chairman of the Three Rivers Hospital Board of Directors in Telfair County, member of the board of directors of Little Ocmulgee EMC, member of the board of trustees of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home for 10 years and member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 12 years.

Walden served as a Mason for more than 55 years and was an Army veteran having served during World War II. He was a Gideon, deacon and Sunday School teacher. Walden also conducted a ministry in the prisons of south Georgia for more than 10 years.

Walden is survived by his wife of more than 63 years, Catherine Rowe; his children, Elaine Osburn of Tyler, Texas; Joy Kiser of Fayetteville; David Walden of Sharpsburg and Columbus Walden, III of Lilburn; a brother, Raymond Walden of Lumber City; three sisters, Blanche Thompson of Centerville, Ruth Laws of Brunswick, and Lynelle Thompson of Lumber City; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Donations in memory of C.G. Walden should be made to: The Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes, PO Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268.