Fairfax- Jospehina Mae Buffington was born December 20, 1997 in McDonough, Georgia the daughter of Michael Shane and Wendy Josephine (Icenbice) Shelley. She graduated from Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. She worked as a cashier at Casey's General Store in North English. She enjoyed nerf gun wars and drawing. She was a girl gamer extraordinare and loved spending time with her family. Jozie died on Monday, February 5, 2018 from injuries sustained in a car accident near Malcolm, Iowa at the age of 20 years.
Jozie is survived by her mother Wendy Shelley of Atlanta, Georgia; father Michael Shane of Griffin, Georgia; two sisters Lacey Sanders of Chicago, Illinois and Gabby Buffington of Conyers, Georgia; grandparents Duane & Peggy Van Dee of North English; two uncles Josh (Sonja) Icenbice of Keswick and Tyler (Leigh) Van Dee of Fairfax; cousins Dillon & Peyton Icenbice and Corbin & Charleigh Van Dee; her cat JuJu; a close family friend Nick Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; numerous great uncles, aunts and cousins and her adoptive mother Michelle Buffington. She was preceded by her great grandparents.
Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 pm on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until service time on Monday. Burial will be at a later date in the North English Cemetery. A general memorial has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
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Jozie and her younger sister, Gabby, always brought love, smiles, and laughter with them to our church. Our hearts break with and our prayers go out to her family and friends during this time. Jozie, I miss and love you so much, but I know we will see you again, and Heaven is so much sweeter with you there.
Love Always, Bridgette Hopkins - Pastor's Daughter and Bus Worker
I am so glad that I was able to meet Jozie and her sister Gabby about 7 years ago when they rode the church bus that I worked on. She was always a joy to have on the bus as we shared lots of laughs. I'm thankful for the day that she asked the Lord to save her because I know that one day I'll also be able to see her in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Melissa Crosby, HBC Bus Captain
Jozie was a sweet, gentle, young lady. She rode our church bus here at Heritage Baptist Church, in Locust Grove, Georgia. Her laugh and smile was contagious! We are thankful for the time that she and Buffy were able to ride with us, and especially for the day she asked the Lord to be her Saviour. She will always be in our hearts! Our church family sends our prayers to your family.
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
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