He had all kinds of music in his iTunes library, but mostly Christian and Country music.
Jack was a young man who wanted to help other kids like him—he told his parents he wanted to be a brain surgeon when he grew up.
He never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile.
As a young boy, he dabbled in the saxophone while attending Cherokee Christian School and played baseball, golf and basketball. He enjoyed cooking, and became very good at it.
And he could always make people laugh.
Some of those things stopped when Jack was 10 years old, but two things didn’t stop: his always smiling face and his love for God.
At 10 years old, Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor that eventually turned to cancer. He underwent surgeries and endured chemotherapy, but he kept on smiling.
Despite any pain he had, he never complained.
On Jan. 7, 2011, at 16 years old, Jack died at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, with his parents, Bob and Mary, by his side.
700 to 800 people attended his prayer and memorial services on those cold winter days, showing how many people Jack’s smile touched.
His father remembers him as a boy who was always happy. He was very close to his grandmother, who passed away the week before him. Respecting his wishes, Jack’s parents took his ashes to be buried next to his Granny, in Bessemer, AL.
“Jack and his Granny were more than grandson and grandmother; they were best friends and true kindred spirits,” Bob said.
“Before Jack got critically ill, he talked to Granny every day, without fail, sometimes multiple times.”
Even as a young boy, his parents knew he had a strong faith. He was a spiritual child, and Jack didn’t care who knew how much he loved God.