(Franklin) — Over 200 people filed in to the Heard High School gym Wednesday night to honor 21-year-old Brian Jackson who passed away Sunday.
Family, friends, and former coaches reflected on the life of the former basketball player known to many of his closest friends as “Gizzle.”
After the event kicked off with a moment of silence in memory of Brian, Austin Pope, and Margaret Green who each passed away this week, Thomas “Red” Keith led the attendees in prayer.
Former HHS varsity coach Paul Brewer then shared some memories of Jackson including one very funny moment when Brian had dunked on him one night after basketball practice and then just ran out of the gym enjoying his accomplishment. Everyone that spoke talked about a strong, good-hearted young man who always wore a smile and was liked by everyone.
Shemeka Parks sang “Footprints in the Sand” and “Hero” during the vigil and Pastor Brandon Brooks of Prospect Church delivered a powerful sermon before canldes were lit in remembrance.
The event was organized by Jackson’s closest friends and teammates spearheaded by Trina Emory Jones. Jones was overjoyed to see so many show up in honor of one of her nephew’s closest friends. “This whole idea was inspired by a group of young men who needed an outlet to reflect on the life of their former teammate and close friend,” said Jones. “I am so overjoyed at how the community came out and laid everything aside to give it all to Brian.”
The celebration of life for Brian Jackson is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Community Church. To see more photos from the event visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/HeardCitizen.