I want you to meet my son, Jayden Lee Jones. He was born on May 20, 1993.
As a child, I called him my snugglebunny because he loved to curl up beside me. Jayden brought so much joy into our home, my how he loved to laugh.
He never knew a stranger, and would talk to anyone, no matter where we were, much to his sister embarrassment. He spoke boldly about the Lord, challenging his friends to accept Christ, even before he made the decision for himself in April 2004.
Although he was very ornery, he was also very tenderhearted. He was always watching out for people who felt left out or alone. Many of his classmates described him as always smiling, and always being willing to help.
I hope you will enjoy this testimony from one of his classmates.
“I met Jayden when I was in the 3rd grade and at that point in life I had little knowledge of the impact that he would have in my life. Jayden was my first real friend that I made in elementry school. He invited me to my first birthday party I had ever been to. As time grew on Jayden and his family introduced me to Jesus but I was young and did not focus much on it. We stayed good friends until the 6th grade. I started down a path that was headed the wrong way, but Jayden still always said ‘hey Aaron how are you” every day he saw me.
When I was told the news of the accident I could not believe it. I broke down in tears. I had faded away from one the the best friends I had ever had and now I could not regain that connection. He was gone. A few years later I attended a place called Cookson Hills where I learned more about Jesus and his love. Every day I think about Jayden and how he was the first to show the love of Jesus to me. Even though we had total opposite lives, Jayden still loved and saw me as a friend. I see that alot more now that I’m older and every time, it reminds me of going over to his house and having fun with a true friend.”