Slain doctor remembered by co-workers and friends

Dr. Charles Mann III was remembered as a kind and caring man during a public memorial service Thursday at the Barnwell Public Library.
Mary Valliant, CEO of Southern Palmetto Hospital where Mann worked, spoke at length about the general surgeon.
"I haven't talked to a patient who didn't tell me how much they liked him," Valliant said, adding that Mann always spoke highly of the hospital staff.
Mann lived in Kathleen, Ga., but stayed in Snelling during the week while he was working.
About 20 friends and co-workers of Mann, who'd been working at the hospital since the spring, were at the memorial.
Valliant said Mann worked in the ministry and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She said he would stop by her office every day before he left and asked her if she needed anything.
"I found him to be a very kind man," She said, "I'll always be grateful for that man; what he did for me."
After the memorial service, Valliant said the hospital staff is doing well and coming together as a "family." She said everyone is staying strong.
Mann's body was found Nov. 23 in an Augusta creek after he'd been missing for two days. An Augusta man, Glenn Vincent Riggs II, has been arrested and charged with murdering Mann.
Pastor Darrell Morgan spoke at the memorial and said those who knew Mann should "observe the memories that we have about him."
Prayers for Mann's family -- he had a wife and son -- were offered.
"I'm going to miss him," Valliant said.