Our beautiful baby girl has slipped the surly bonds of Earth June 2, 2018 to touch the face of God and to be held by the loving arms of her grandmother, Patricia “Pat” Hall. She will also be comforted by her great-grandparents, Velma and Dallas Williamson, and Charlie and Helen Hall.
She leaves a huge emptiness in the hearts of all of us who loved her, many who were her friends, and even more who just had a glimmer of her through our family.
I am blessed to be surrounded by my loving husband, Brandon Evans and her brother, Jamie Andrews and all of our family and friends during this time and the very hard times ahead of us. Both of her uncles, Jason and Christopher Hall had a huge part in raising her. For many years I was a single mother and they both stepped up as the men in her life. Once her brother got older, he took over that role. Jamie always had her back and she his. He was always the man of the house looking after both of us.
Jessica was born on July 31, 1989. My aunt and second mother, Barbara Harrell helped me decide on her name. We chose, Jessica Renee. She was known to many as Jess or Jessie or even Creep. She and her crew all had their nicknames from Blind and Harry Potter to Crazy Eyes. Jessica made lifelong friends. Most of these kids were my kids too. I love them like they are my own and most called me momma. Some of my best memories were when they would crash at our house so we could get up and leave out early to head to Vans Warped Tour every year. There would be a half a dozen cars following me for a full day of fun and music.
Jessica was truly beautiful inside and out. You could feel her energy when she was near.
She was 28, outgoing, vivacious, funny, loving and just simply like no other. When she walked into a room, everyone smiled. She had that way about her. If you ever met her, you loved her. She always wanted to try new things and was not afraid. Jessica loved life and was eager to taste all that it offered. She loved the outdoors. She enjoyed hiking, camping and loved to fish. She enjoyed feeling the sun on her face but also made the best of a rainy day. She had a wide taste of music from Hank Williams, Jr. to her favorite, AFI. Jessica had an old soul. She always said she was born too late. She loved everything from the 80’s and like her momma, she loved old things from manual typewriters to rotary phones. Jessica’s love of art varied from graffiti and street art to the masters.
Her room is a collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, quirky signs, doodles from friends and her own hand, Batman, skate boards and different little things she found interesting.
She and her girlfriend, Kaitlin Caples had a knack with a camera and would take candid pictures of friends and even themselves. She made so many, many friends in her short life.
Jessica really had it all. She was beautiful and smart and warm and caring. She never had anything bad to say about anyone. She was a glass half-full kind of person. She always saw something positive in everything and everyone.
Jessica loved her brother Jamie immensely. She shared a special bond with him that only comes from being close friends. There were times that they bumped heads on trivial things but don’t all siblings. She would say, “I love that little knot head, no matter what”.
Jessica and I shared a closeness that only a mother and daughter can. We laughed together and cried. She was and always will be my baby girl. She was my little me.
Jessica lived next door to us with Kaitlin, her brother Jamie and his girlfriend, Brittany. She would see me on the porch or working in my flower bed and walk over to see me. She would call out “Hey pretty lady!” or “Hey momma!” every time. I would instantly smile and we would hug. My beautiful baby, we will miss you forever and I can’t wait for the day when we can be together again to laugh, share, hold each other and say I love you.
A celebration of her life will be held at 3 P.M. Wednesday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Sammy Geddings officiating. Burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mikeal Ritchie, Dwight Garrison, James Salunga, Joe Moore, Jamie Andrews, and Adam Hawkins.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 P.M. Wednesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of her mother, 6775 Panola Rd., Pinewood.
Memorials may be made to the Sumter S.P.C.A., 1140 S. Guignard Dr., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.