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Hundreds Attend Nick Jackson Funeral

The death of a Norcross High freshman brought together a crowd that filled practically every seat in Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

Hundreds showed up Saturday afternoon to pay their respects for Nick Jackson II, the last week.

The service was held at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m. and lasted for approximately two hours. In addition to friends and family who attended, the Norcross High faculty, football team and cheerleading team, and members of the community also showed their support.

"He was my best friend," said Garrick Glaudin, a freshman at Norcross High who played a receiver, the same position as Jackson. "He was a really good guy. I shared a locker next to him, so we would always joke and play around all the time. He was never mad. He was a good student and got good grades. There's nothing bad I could say about him. It's just going to be a long year and a long season without him."

Jackson, whom many called "Nick-Nick" throughout the service, attended Hopewell Christian Academy from sixth grade to eighth grade. He graduated as valedictorian in his class before transferring to Norcross High School.

Bishop William Sheals of Hopewell led the service with opening remarks and an opening prayer. Those who spoke in reflection included: his mother, Shameka Render; Norcross High ninth grade football Coach Chris Hall; Dr. Burrell Pope and Dr. Sheldon Bethea, both of Hopewell Christian Academy; and Alabama State University Head Coach Reggie Barlow.

They all praised Jackson for being an amazing person and model student, despite his short life of 15 years. Coach Hall talked about how Jackson tutored his peers on math when no one else would and how he never missed a workout for football; Bethea, his eigth-grade teacher, reminisced on how Jackson was his first student to receive a perfect score on the science part of standardized testing; and Pope remembered how Jackson supported the students and went to the football games at the academy even after he graduated.

"He had a love for people, and that's what stood out about Nicolas," said Pope.

He explained that Nicholas influenced almost everyone around him. "Even the high school students. Nick gave them an impact. And one thing I love about Nicolas ... [is] he would smile all the time, and that smile was all the way across his face."

Two announcements were made during their reflections. Bethea at Hopewell said the school now has the Nicholas Jackson Award, which will be awarded to one deserving student every year, and Coach Barlow of Alabama State offered Jackson a spot on the Alabama team, something Jackson wanted to accomplish once he graduated high school.

"We want to make Nick-Nick a member of the 2012 football team," said Barlow, presenting a jersey with Nick's name on it.

Marlo Moore, Latoya Hicks, Antonio Dye and Keisha Collins supplied the music selections, with a strong choir of a few dozen members in tow. Pastor A.D. Jewell and Minister Shonretia Hines spoke from the Old and New Testaments, and Bishop Dreyus Smith finished the service with the eulogy.

Bertrice Wyatt February 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
May God give you strength and massage your heart with his joy and love. Nothing and no one will ever replace Nick-Nick. Remember that Nick-Nick was a wonderful being partly because of you, Nic. Hold on to the love of your family and the Lord. ~ Bertrice
Ground Chuck February 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Please donate to the memorial for Nicholas being planned by the City of Norcross, Norcross Neighbors and others involved in keeping the memory and example of this outstanding young man alive in perpetuity. Donations can be sent to: Norcross Neighbors 197 Lake Dr. Norcross, GA 30071 Contact any City official or City Council member with questions.

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