MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of people said good-bye Tuesday in Bell County to 28-year-old Jesse Jones.
Jones was one of three men who died last week on a helicopter crash in Clay County.
Monday, family, friends, and co-workers came together to both mourn and celebrate his life.
Family members, friends, and co-workers filed into the Creech Funeral Home to remember flight nurse Jesse Jones. The line to get in went out the door and down the sidewalk.
"Jesse was special all his life. He was good," said Marty Brown, Jones' Aunt.
His family says he loved helping people and that is why he became a nurse.
"He done what he dreamed. Ever since he was little, he wanted to do this and that's what he done," Brown said.
The family says Jones died in the helicopter crash doing the job he loved.
"It's impacted my family. We'll never heal from this, not ever," Brown said.
"We appreciate all the prayers because we need that," said Haley Lawson, cousin.
The family says Jones was a good son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and father.
"He was a good daddy. His little boy Tyson was everything," Lawson said.
His Air Evac Lifeteam co-workers say Jones was more than a co-worker to them.
"Jesse was one of my greatest friends, and I just loved him to death, and it's been really hard these last few days," said Stuart May.
"I will miss him dearly. He's just been a fabulous person and brought a lot of sunshine to my life. We just had so much fun together. He liked to joke around with me. He brought out the best of me lots of times. Sometimes I'd laugh so much there would be tears coming out of my face, you know," said Nelson Medlin.
Now they are crying tears of sorrow for Jones but are remembering the good times and how he cared for all he knew.
"He was a family man. He was a good father. There's nothing you can say bad about Jesse. He was one of the greatests," said Cledith Kishpaugh, Aunt.
And they say he touched many lives in his 28 years.
"Some people live to be 100 years old and when they go out, they never even make a ripple in the water. Jesse went out at 28 years old, he made a tidal wave," said Brown.
Burial and gravesite services will be held on Wednesday.