A son, brother, fellow student, and a friend is dearly missed, but never forgotten.
Students and teachers at Emmanuel Christian met in the gym today to honor the memory of their beloved former student, Savoy Jones.
"It means so much that they have kept Savoy's memory alive here at the school,” said Savoy’s father, Christopher Jones.
The loss of Savoy hit all too close to home, but today was a celebration of a remarkable life.
"This is a mixed occasion, a mixed blessing. It's sad, because Savoy's not with us any longer, but it's also exciting to have the memories of Savoy, to know how he touched so many lives and how he made such a difference here at this school and in the community,” said Emmanuel Christian Principal Mark Redmond.
Fifteen-year-old Savoy Jones died one year ago after collapsing at basketball practice, leaving a hole in the heart of the community that can never be filled.
"You know we have a lot of students that still hurt as they think about him. They still miss him, but I know they're reaching out to the family. I know they're looking to God for strength. And for that, I give praise to the Lord,” Redmond said.
Christopher and Sophia Jones are moving forward in their son's memory. Through prayer, faith, and support from all who knew him. He was a model son and student.
"Savoy was a good young man, he definitely blessed Mrs. Jones and I, as she said previously, we never had any problems,” Christopher Jones said. “But the biggest thing is this: I think he's touched so many people's lives, and it makes your heart and you feel good when people come to you and say ‘Hey, it was an honor to know Savoy, and how he put a smile on my face and how he made my day.’”
Though Savoy is no longer here, his family hopes to fulfill one big wish, a token of his love to the school.
"He had a dream that he wanted to do something for Emmanuel. He would always tell his mother and I, ‘Dad, if I ever amount to anything in life, I want to replace their bus’" said Jones.
And that dream could become a reality, as the purchase of a new bus is in the works.
"That is one way we will be able to that. We will definitely be able to remember Savoy, and one way that God has blessed us to be able to honor the school,” Jones said.
And that's how people remember Savoy, as one big blessing, with a big smile and a legacy for all to cherish.