September 16, 2021

Students Hold Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Classmate

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night at Tom Stutts and Son funeral home in Franklin for a Heard High student, Billy Scarborough (B.J.) who died over the weekend in a tragic automobile accident.

The vigil, which was held after his viewing, was attended by well over one hundred of B.J.’s closest family, friends, classmates, and teachers. The event was spearheaded by B.J.’s lifelong friend Ms. Emerald Johnson and gave everyone in attendance a good chance to learn a little more about B.J. and his life.

Several people spoke and all painted a clear picture of a young person that was very likable and always able to bring a smile to everyone’s face. It was awesome to see these very young people in our community handling such a horrible situation in such a sincere, mature, and thoughtful way even amidst all the hurt that was clearly written on all their faces.

It has been an especially difficult year for our Junior class as they have lost three classmates in the short span of only a few months. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to experience that much loss at such a young age but tonight I could not have been more proud of so many of them and how they carried and presented themselves.

The funeral will be held tomorrow from 3-4 pm at 1333 Hull Rd. in Ephesus and the family would like to invite everyone to attend. I will close with a quote shared at the vigil by Ms. Paige Meeks from the show One Tree Hill which seemed to embody the mood on this most somber evening:

Grief is like the ocean: it’s deep and dark and bigger than all of us. And pain is like a thief in the night: Quiet. Persistent. Unfair. Diminished by time and faith and love.

R.I.P. Mr. Billy Scarborough


  1. kim winzer says

    you did a great job Russ, this is a great story and a great photo as well! yes I was impressed to with all the teens and couldnt imagine that much loss, so young. I hope that seeing what happened to BJ opened their eyes to drive more safe and dont text and drive! he was an awesome young man and has an awesome family and is really going to be missed!
    I know you dont believe this Massa but we will see him in heaven one day, and I cant believe that you quoted the ocean I sent that very same thing to Mark Grason yes it was a beautiful saying.

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