Book Presentation to Lincoln Elementary School
On September 3, 2014, fifty children's books were presented to Susan Welch, librarian at Lincoln Elementary School, in memory of the fiftieth birthday of Amy Elizabeth Spain. Each book has a label with Amy's name in it. On hand for the presentation were Amy's parents, Jessie and Billy Spain, and Rayna Bomar.
Amy was born on September 8, 1964, in Jackson, and died in a car accident on June 30, 1995. A 1989 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Amy was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge James Todd, and was an adjunct professor of Legal Methods and Writing at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The United States Attorney General authorized a posthumous award of superior performance in honor of Amy. Each year, a scholarship is given in Amy's name to a law student who has demonstrated academic merit, a commitment to community/professional service, and personal industriousness.
To celebrate Amy's life and other children whose lives were cut short, her parents began a Celebration of Life remembrance service at their home church, Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson. Its purpose is to "keep our children from being forgotten," said Jessie. Each year, more than 250 grieving parents attend the service. Candles are lit, and an organ chime follows the calling of each name. Parents and loved ones also share their testimonies during the service. More information about the service is available by contacting the Spains at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2014 service will be held on Sunday, September 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Northside United Methodist Church.
Our community still mourns the loss of Sam Bomar, the much loved son of Hugh and Rayna Bomar, who died on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Sam was a senior at Madison Academic High School, where he would have graduated with honors. He had been accepted at University of Tennessee Knoxville, which was his dream. "He loved everyone. He would never judge you because of anything. He was just an amazing person," said Emily Kathryn Springer. His friends said they could tell stories all day about Sam, saying he was fun to be around and could make anyone laugh. Sam was an Eagle Scout, a baseball player, and was involved in theater and debate at Madison Academic High School. Cullen Sanderson, one of Sam's closest friends, said "He always liked to have fun and be in the middle of a conversation and his smile would brighten anybody's day and his humor would just throw you out of proportion."
Sam's youth leaders at Fellowship Bible Church said he always challenged them and was very secure in his beliefs and his relationship with Jesus Christ. Sam was a student leader with Fellowship Student Ministries and a volunteer counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Camp.
Sam's legacy is being remembered locally in many special ways. The Sam Bomar Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and will assist local students with furthering their education. Our very special fundraising event will take place in June and all proceeds will benefit this scholarship fund.
RIP Sam Bomar.. you will never be forgotten
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