Two die in separate White County wrecks

Two die in separate White County wrecks

There are 4 comments on the WDUN-AM Gainesville story from May 21, 2006, titled Two die in separate White County wrecks. In it, WDUN-AM Gainesville reports that:

Two die in separate White County wrecks from staff reports CLEVELAND - Georgia State Troopers continue to investigate two separate fatal weekend auto accidents in White County.

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Becky Hockaday

Kersey, PA

#1 May 22, 2006
I never met Jimmy Lee Edwards until he lay in the road in front of my house, I was sitting in my office having a glass of wine and working on some designs for my business when I heard the bang. I ran down the hill to find Jimmy laying in the road, what ocurred from that point on, I believe has changed my life. I was very frustrated and angry with my family for not doing the things that I thought they should be doing. I had been working all day long and my anger had been building because I was doing the chores that my kids "should" have been doing and I was tired of badgering them. I had just taken a shower and sat down to do some work when I heard the bang. I thought, "what are those boys doing out there?" Then I heard a man yell for help. I ran out the door to see a column of smoke billowing from behind the trees at the corner of my property. I ran past my 15 year old son yelling call 911. Without stopping I ran down the hill my eyes focused on the fire in the road. When I turned the corner around the ditch at the edge of my property. I couldn't help but see Jimmy there in the road. My heart pounding as I ran to his side yelling "SIR!" When I looked in Jimmy's eyes I knew instantly that he wasn't there anymore. I did all the things that I knew in my head I needed to do for Jimmy, like check for his pulse and try to get a response see if he was breathing yet my heart felt like a rock because I knew that he was no longer there. I looked up to see a young man and a woman standing down the road very close to the fire that was spread across the road and realized that there could be someone else in the car. I felt that I had to leave Jimmy at that point and help the people down the road, so I ran toward them yelling, "is there anyone else in the car!" The response was no and I then focused on the woman and said to the young man, we need to get her away from the fire, so we carried her and sat her on the grass I sat there with her head laying on me while we waited for the paramedics. All this time my kids were watching and my family from New Zealand were helping an off duty paramedic try to resusitate Jimmy. I focused on the woman and when I looked back there was a blanket on Jimmy and my hopeful heart dropped like a rock. The EMS got there and took Nancy from me and I walked back up the hill and collapsed sitting on the ground by a tree, my family came and sat beside me and as I looked down on the scene below. We had all been through a tremendous ordeal. I realized that I couldn't even remember why I had wasted a whole day being so angry nor did I care anymore. I was there with my loved ones and Jimmy was not. Jimmy did something for me that day, he helped me to realize how important my family are to me and how much I should treasure each moment with them. I know that I will get angry again, but I feel that I will not let that anger consume me the way I did that day. I've spoken with family and friends of Jimmy since the accident and learned that he was very loved by many and known to those that loved him as "Chief."


Michelle Doster

Athens, GA

#2 May 23, 2006
Chief was a very dear friend of ours. When I heard the news of his death my heart just sank, he was a one of a kind, a joy to be around. I don't know all the details of the accident but I sure hope that he didn't suffer. My heart goes out to Chief's family, especially his dear son. God bless you, Chief. You will be missed.
Becky Hockaday wrote:
I never met Jimmy Lee Edwards until he lay in the road in front of my house, I was sitting in my office having a glass of wine and working on some designs for my business when I heard the bang. I ran down the hill to find Jimmy laying in the road, what ocurred from that point on, I believe has changed my life. I was very frustrated and angry with my family for not doing the things that I thought they should be doing. I had been working all day long and my anger had been building because I was doing the chores that my kids "should" have been doing and I was tired of badgering them. I had just taken a shower and sat down to do some work when I heard the bang. I thought, "what are those boys doing out there?" Then I heard a man yell for help. I ran out the door to see a column of smoke billowing from behind the trees at the corner of my property. I ran past my 15 year old son yelling call 911. Without stopping I ran down the hill my eyes focused on the fire in the road. When I turned the corner around the ditch at the edge of my property. I couldn't help but see Jimmy there in the road. My heart pounding as I ran to his side yelling "SIR!" When I looked in Jimmy's eyes I knew instantly that he wasn't there anymore. I did all the things that I knew in my head I needed to do for Jimmy, like check for his pulse and try to get a response see if he was breathing yet my heart felt like a rock because I knew that he was no longer there. I looked up to see a young man and a woman standing down the road very close to the fire that was spread across the road and realized that there could be someone else in the car. I felt that I had to leave Jimmy at that point and help the people down the road, so I ran toward them yelling, "is there anyone else in the car!" The response was no and I then focused on the woman and said to the young man, we need to get her away from the fire, so we carried her and sat her on the grass I sat there with her head laying on me while we waited for the paramedics. All this time my kids were watching and my family from New Zealand were helping an off duty paramedic try to resusitate Jimmy. I focused on the woman and when I looked back there was a blanket on Jimmy and my hopeful heart dropped like a rock. The EMS got there and took Nancy from me and I walked back up the hill and collapsed sitting on the ground by a tree, my family came and sat beside me and as I looked down on the scene below. We had all been through a tremendous ordeal. I realized that I couldn't even remember why I had wasted a whole day being so angry nor did I care anymore. I was there with my loved ones and Jimmy was not. Jimmy did something for me that day, he helped me to realize how important my family are to me and how much I should treasure each moment with them. I know that I will get angry again, but I feel that I will not let that anger consume me the way I did that day. I've spoken with family and friends of Jimmy since the accident and learned that he was very loved by many and known to those that loved him as "Chief."
Cindy Voyles

Boynton Beach, FL

#3 May 27, 2006
My name is Cindy Voyles, Chief was my stepdad. I have had a really hard time with this situation but after reading the story that Ms. Hockaday wrote, I feel better knowing what all really happened. I am glad that someone was with him when the accident happened. I have so many questions to ask you about the accident. But right now I don't know if I can handle the answers. My brother, Chief's son, Jonathan, is doing fine. He is handling it the best way he can. Thank you very much for your article. It meant a lot to me and my family.
Michelle Doster wrote:
Chief was a very dear friend of ours. When I heard the news of his death my heart just sank, he was a one of a kind, a joy to be around. I don't know all the details of the accident but I sure hope that he didn't suffer. My heart goes out to Chief's family, especially his dear son. God bless you, Chief. You will be missed.
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Jonathan Edwards

United States

#4 Mar 30, 2010
Hi I'm Jonathan. Cheifs son, I want thank you all who have prayed for me and my family. It is a awful thing that this has happened to my family. I turely miss my dad a lot. Nothing will change what has happened. I love you all.

Thank you for all the support.

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