School, Community Mourn Student's Death

The accident that claimed the life of Sumter County High School senior, Eddrick Jones, 17, happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday on Sumter County Road 13 in Livingston.

The Alabama Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

According to troopers, Jones was not wearing a seat belt.

Days after the accident, a black ribbon hangs on the door of Piggly Wiggly in York, where Jones worked.

Co-workers say they are still in shock.

Store officials placed containers at the registers to collect donations to help Eddrick's family. They say it's the least they can do.

"He was a nice kid," said Paul Wilford. "He was always respectful and every evening when he came in, he always made it his business to go around to speak to everyone."

Eddrick's absence at school is also felt.

"The fact is, I'll say he was one of our better students," said principal, Milton Whitfield. "We've never had any problems with him. He was very good academically. He had an outstanding character. He was a model student. We'll miss him. We miss him already."

To help faculty, staff and students, Whitfield says a number of counselors have come to the campus.

"We've had counselors from the area. We've had ministers coming in to spend time with our students," Whitfield said. "We're just dealing with it the very best we can."

Family members, friends and others we spoke to about Eddrick say he had a bright future.

The funeral for Eddrick Jones will be held Saturday at noon in the gymnasium at Sumter County High School in York.


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  • by tarmara hill Location: livingston albama on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    well beena while now and still cant go in piggly wiggly or imma juz break down kuz pretty e has left and i wont see him around <3 u pretty E IN MII heart foreva and alwayz but y he tak u iz wat i be thinkin
  • by Kinterbish Location: Cuba on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Eddrick we watch up grow up to b a nice young man. Yes u brought smiles to everyones face and huges that we will forget's. Our heart's and pray's goes out from our family to the Lard's and Jones family.
  • by AlexaE Location: Cuba on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Eddrick was a great young man, who definitely had a very bright future. He was always friendly, and would bring a smile to your face. He was truly a very kind and genuine person. York lost an outstanding individual. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Eddrick, thank you for making such a huge difference in my life. Even though I dont understand why it was your time to leave us, I have to remind myself God knows what he`s doing. You are greatly missed by many and will never be forgotten.
  • by jackie frost Location: silas on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Look to the hill which your help all your comes from the Lord, he sits high and look low, he will be there in your time of sorrow . Love jackie, whitney, Jr., cardaruis, and zion frost. Frost family of Silas, Al
  • by Mattie Smith Location: Birmingham on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    My heartfelt condolences goes our to the family and friends of Eddrick. I pray that God gives you the strength and grace to stand with peace in your hearts during your time of sorrow. When I learn of his untimely passing I read his FB page. All of the post spoke of his kindness and how he reached out to people with a touch, hug or kind word daily. I say to the family,know that his life made a difference in this world and that he'll never be forgotten. Grieve him now, but know with time God will heal your pain, just trust him.“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 He knows the pain you’re going through right now and He will keep you from being consumed by it.Rest in the knowledge that God is near and will carry you through this if I allow Him to . The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face shine upon you: and be gracious to you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26) God loves you...lean on him.
  • by FEFE Location: Chicago on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    I will truly miss you young man and I know that your soul is at rest. To the family you have my deepest sympathy. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers..
  • by Helen Location: Toxey, Alabama on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    People just can't know the sorrow that another has to bear, but they can express thier sympathy and show how much they care. So I am sending tghis to tell you that our thoughts are with you now, and we hope just knowing that we care will comfort you shomehow. With deepest sympathy. Helen
  • by lindagodown Location: somewhereinAlabama on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    To the family of Eddrick. I am not going to say I know how you feel, but I can say I feel your pain, and what I do know God will not, want not put on more on you than you can bear. To his grandmother Mrs. Minnie, mother Ms. Dudank, father Edward and grand father Ed, God loves you and I do to. If you need comforting God is here, he said he will bring you a comforter. Just ask him, Jesus said, "anything you ask the Father in my name that will the Father do." LOVE YOU MS.DUDANK, Ms Minnie, Edward , Ed and the rest of the family. My prayers are with you!!!!!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!!!!! REST IN PEACE EDDRICK, YOU HAVE EARN YOUR WINGS!!!!YOUR PROCESS AND LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!!!
  • by RUSH Location: MERIDIAN, MS on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THIS YOUNG MAN...MAY GOD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN EACH OF YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF SORROW!
  • by laquinta jackson Location: york, al on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    I am truely sorry for the loss of Eddrick. My prayers goes out to his family, friends, and others who has known him. Eddrick, aka, Pretty E, was indeed friendly,kind, and had such a nice sense of humor. He always made me laugh when i walked in the doors of Piggly Wiggly, where he worked at. Eddrick will always have a place in my heart. You will be deeply loved and missed, even if we were not ready for to leave us. Gone but not Fogotten. R.I.P. Eddrick Jones, aka Pretty E. Miss You already. You are in a safe place now, we will meet again.
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