COPIAH COUNTY, Miss–A teen is killed in a crash after his car drives off the road early Tuesday morning. Today hundreds come together in Hazlehurst to say goodbye.
WJTV’s Lucy Dieckhaus takes us there as Jay Holloway was laid to rest.
“We are going to celebrate today.”
That’s how family and friends remembered the life of 16-year-old Jay Holloway, the Copiah Academy quarterback killed in a car accident.
His teammates say even though they’ll miss playing with him– Jay will be remembered for what he did on and off the field.
“But to us who knew jay he was so much more than that we are going to miss the great athlete but we are going to miss the great friend even more,” said Buck Risher.
“Today I have to say goodbye to Jay here on earth, but I know and I promised him that I will see him again in a place much better that this,” said Johnny Causey.
One of Jay’s childhood friends says he will help jay fulfill his dreams.
“I wanted to play with him one more time. That was our dream me and him play at the same college, and I’m going to make that dream come true for him,” said Timmy Steward.
Jay’s family says even though he’s gone, his smile will still brighten a room.
“Can we all just smile like Jay right quick.”
And his father says while many of Jay’s dreams won’t come true in this life. They take comfort that he’s in a better place.
“He will not go to ole miss and play football. His name will not be called in the first round of the nfl draft, but his name.”
“What we do for ourselves dies when we die, but what we do for others will live on. Mr. Fred and Ms. Caroll Jay will live on.”
To honor jay’s life, family members tell us the speed limit will be lowered on Copiah Academy’s campus to 9 miles an hour. Nine was Jay’s football number.