Camelia Jackson died Friday from a crash at the intersection of Ky. 80 and Hwy 1535 near London. On Monday many in the Laurel County community were still asking…why?
“It’s a tough question to deal with. But in reality, life is so fragile. This is a reminder of how fragile life is,” said Rev. Ronnie Ball of Souls’ Harbor Church, where Jackson had attended services for about a decade.
But Jackson is also remembered at South Laurel High School..for the big impact she had on so many young lives.
“Ms. Jackson was an extraordinary teacher,” says SLHS Principal Regina Bishop.
Jackson taught English and Spanish and led the academic team. For many, though, she was a mentor and a friend.
“She went to their (students’) homes, she said, ‘You've got to get this done.’ She was a teacher at heart,” said Bishop.
The impact Jackson had on students is clearly seen on a banner students have made outside Jackson's classroom. Several students made notes that said without Jackson, they would not have graduated.
“She was to a lot of students, that person that pushed them on and encouraged them,” said Bishop.
Leaders at Jackson’s church have agreed to set a memorial scholarship in her name.
“She just encouraged the kids any way she could. Helped them grow and mature and develop,” said Rev. Ball.