Evan John Laughlin
April 28, 2005 - November 27, 2018
Evan John Laughlin, age 13, passed away suddenly at 12:30 pm November 27, 2018 at Children’s Hospital of Georgia Hospital of heart failure.
Evan was born on April 28, 2005 in Augusta, GA, to the proud, strong, and loving parents Julie and Jerry Laughlin. Evan was born with a chromosome disorder called Agenesis Corpus Callosum. Evan beat the medical odds of survival at every turn. His odds of surviving birth, slim, yet he lived. His odds of walking, slim, yet he walked. His odds of running, slim, yet he ran. Yes, he could not speak, but Evan was smart and could communicate through his emotions and sign language. His personality showed through with his infectious smile and loving hugs. Evan never met a stranger, he loved to hug and show his inner heart to everyone.
Evan, as young as he was, has had a lot of help along the way, but know, the many of you that touched Evan’s heart, touched our family's as well. From Doctors Theodore Johnson, and Karen Carter, to the many therapists, teachers, para-pros, daycare providers, and babysitters, you enhanced Evan’s life and he loved and hugged every one of you.
Evan had many happy places, his mother’s lap snuggling, sitting with dad watching a movie, playing with his brother Brandon, watching Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse, and school to name a few. Evan was a social butterfly, as he loved to interact with a crowd, thus school was a very important part of his life and he loved to ride the bus getting there.
Evan was an energetic helper around the house, always wanting to be involved, and then at a random moment, he would break into a dance of silliness and happiness. He loved Christmas and was looking forward to opening his presents.
Evan enjoyed participating in the Miracle League Baseball, the TriMyBest Triathlon, swim lessons at the YMCA, Surfers for Autism at Tybee Island, and his friend Jackie, who ran marathons for Evan as part of the I Run4.org. He was not shy in participating in any group activity and shined brightly from the attention. We are so thankful for the many community organizations that many times go unnoticed who assist the children and families of special needs.
We will forever miss and love our Evan, and know that God has a very special young angel by his side.
Evan is preceded in death by Paternal Great Grandparents Robert F. and Gladys K. Helmly, Paternal Grandparents Jerry W. Sr. and Barbara Laughlin, and Great Aunt Faye Wylds.
Evan is preceded in death by Maternal Great Grandparents George C. and Lucy M. Reckentine, and Glenn E. and Mary E. Bird.
Survivors include his Parents, Jerry W. and Julie A. Laughlin, and his Brother Brandon Wayne Laughlin.
Paternal Grandmother Jackie Laughlin, Aunts Angela and her husband Kenrick Atkins, Stacy Laughlin, Suzanne Melton, Catherine Melton, Samantha Laughlin, Loan DeSalle. Great Aunt Deborah and her husband James Duggan, and Great Uncle Lawton Wylds.
Maternal Grandparents George J. and Ann Marie Reckentine, and Maternal Grandmother Janet A. Garmany. Aunt Sarah and her husband Robert Rice, Uncle Daniel J. and his wife Allison Reckentine, Uncle Jonathan W. Bell. Great Uncle David and his wife Catherine Bird, Great Aunt Tracey Remillard , Great Aunt Patricia A. and her husband Thomas Bates, and many cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to surfersforautism.org
Funeral services will be conducted this Saturday afternoon, December 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, Ga 30901 with Father George Muir officiating. The family will gather at the Tyler Hall at the church after the service.
Online condolances may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial and Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Suite C, Augusta, Georgia 30909. 762-994-0311
Julie, I'm sorry for your loss. May God forever bless you and your family.Doroth Mays - December 6 at 4:51 PM
JULIE AND JERRY, I am so sorry for your loss of EVAN. I would have really enjoyed to get to know such a wonderful loving child. My prayers will be with you. Sincerely, Bettye Conner Ratliff (Jim Duggan's mother)Bettye Conner Ratliff - December 4 at 7:15 PM
I worked with Evan at Camp Horizon this past summer and he became my little side kick! I fell in love with him instantly!! My heart breaks for your family!!! He was a wonderful young boy!!! You all are amazing parents!!!Danita Walker - December 3 at 8:19 PM
Evan was a sweetheart. He brought a lot of joy to us here at Next Generation Learning Center. We will always love him. Thanks for being a great family to Evan. We will keep you in our prayers.Takisha - December 1 at 6:26 AM
Sorry to hear about Evan, He was such a happy person. I admire how he was always would be dancing in PE Class.Artenzer Dunn - November 30 at 9:03 PM
We remember that smile who could ever forget! The times we shared with Evan and his family leaves memories you cannot replace. God certainly has gained another Angel in Heaven. Rest in Peace Evan.Paul & Sharon Bennett - November 30 at 3:32 PM
Dear Family, I would like to send my condolences. It can be extremely difficult to lose a loved one. That is why I wanted to share the hope found in the bible, the hope of the resurrection. Jesus stated at John 5:28,29 "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will come out." And at Revelation 21:3,4 it states that there will be a time when "...death will be no more." These scriptures give us hope for the future as respects to our dead loved ones. Those scriptures have brought comfort to me and I hope it does the same for your family. For more comforting words, please visit JW.org. With Love, TonyTony - November 30 at 3:17 PM
Lifting prayers up for you Julie and your family. Praying for comfort, peace, and love during this time and for the days to come. Truly very sorry for the loss of your sweet Evan. Love, Mimi Tom-RMSMimi - November 30 at 2:34 PM
Julie, I remember the day Evan was born and all the prayers that were sent up for you and Evan. I pray now that God will comfort you in your loss and that you will hold on tight to all your memories and love for Evan. Love, NanNan Johnson - November 30 at 11:08 AM
I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Laughlin family. I was Evan's most recent special needs school bus driver. I've only known Evan for a short period of time, but Evan was a "show stopper" when it came to entering and exiting the bus. Along with occasional hugs, we turned the event into a game of counting each step ending with a jump into his mother's arms. She turned him towards me to say goodbye. I just had no idea it would be his last on Tuesday. I'm already missing our connection. Rest in Heaven my friend.Alex Howard - November 30 at 10:57 AM
Words seem so meaningless right now. Please know that I’m praying for you constantly that you find the strength you need get through this. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of Evan.Barbara Petty-- Riverside Middle - November 30 at 8:50 AM
My condolences to you and the familyRosemary Brown-SBHS FAMILY SUPPORT RESPITE - November 30 at 6:05 AM
Evan was truly loved by his A. Brian Merry Elementary Family and myself. God has gained another Angel in heaven who will be truly missed here on earth! Our prayers are with you Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin and family!Kimberly Mungo, Principal of A. B. Merry Elementary - November 29 at 7:39 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I only met Evan once it was impressionable and an honor. He was so friendly and loving towards me and we just had met. I appreciated the special hugs and kisses that day and I cherish that I got them now. He was a bright light to many people I'm sure and now hes shinning brightly from above.Ms.Cookie - November 29 at 7:31 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Evan. He was in my room at PSA and was such a sweet bundle of energy! He had a beautiful smile. I am praying for you all.Barbara Dickerson - November 29 at 6:24 PM
Evan, you will greatly be missed here at Next Generation Learning center. Thank you for all the good times, laughs, and the love that you shared with us. You will always hold a special places in all of our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Laughlin Family.. "Next Generation Learning Center staff"Next Generation Learning Center - November 29 at 2:06 PM
We will love and miss him around the school.He is now on Gods roll hugging and dancing for all..God Bless you!Sandy Drumgoole - November 29 at 12:54 PM
I knew Evan through Jackie O’Bryan. Yes she talked about him a lot & was very happy when she got to meet him & run with him. He sounded like a great kid. He is in heaven now for sure. Jackie’s Mother, Carol.Carol Hagen - November 29 at 10:09 AM
Julie and Family, I am very sorry for your loss and Evan was a miracle. Before he was even born the prognosis was not good but with the support of his loving family he thrived and brought joy to many. You are all in my prayers. I graduated from RFA with your Dad in 1976.Donna Needham (Michael Bates Coworker) - November 29 at 7:13 AM
So sorry for your loss. You can tell Evan lived life to the fulliest! Jackie spoke of Evan often and was so proud to run for him. Prayers to you all.Laura Belanger Tess (Jackie’s Sister) - November 28 at 8:46 PM
Julie, my heart aches for you and your family. Prayers that precious memories and time spent with Evan will give you peace and comfort.Sondra Lunceford - November 28 at 8:33 PM
My condolences to you and your familyShannon Ferguson - November 28 at 4:58 PM
I'm honored and blessed to have known Evan..He was truly a blessing to Ms Tammie every morning I saw him!! I will miss him truly..My Condolences..Tammie Darden - November 28 at 4:54 PM
Your Papa loves you Evan.George Reckentine - November 28 at 4:40 PM
Our condolences go to u and the family we will miss him very much .Victoria canales - November 28 at 3:30 PM