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Fallen deputy celebrated with kickball fundraiser


  • By Jeffrey Cullen-Dean
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  • Jul. 23, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Fallen deputy celebrated with kickball fundraiser

Jeffrey Cullen-Dean / The Newnan Times-Herald

James Stewart Sr. kicks a ball across the field at the Kickin’ for Irvin event.

Kickball teams faced off at the Kickin’ for Irvin fundraiser held at the Hunter Recreational Complex in Sharpsburg on Saturday.

The fundraiser was held to honor the late Edmund Irvin, a Coweta County Sheriff’s deputy who died after being shot by a family member.

Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing a headstone for his grave.

“He did not deserve what happened to him,” said Fredriqua Stewart, Irvin’s sister-in-law, “so I came up with this event to honor his life.”

Irvin’s family loved to play kickball and hold water balloon fights, said his brother James Stewart.

“We usually do water balloon fights,” he said. “But this was easier to clean up.”

According to Fredriqua Stewart, the family would play kickball every weekend in the summer.

In addition to the kickball games, food, music and vendors were also present at the event. At the end of the event, there was a balloon release to celebrate Irvin’s memory.

James Stewart said he was impressed by the number of people who attended the event.

“I’m glad they came,” he said. “This is more people than I expected. It’s a lovely event.”