Friends remember talented Fairfield Central High student who died in car accident
“You would never see him like sad. he was always smiling. a beautiful smile, bright smile, he was just a well-mannered respectful young man.” Says singer and friend Tiffany J.
He shared his smile and zest for life with everyone he met. School friend Nhandi Long says, “He was just an all-around good person, he loved to make people laugh and make people smile.” “He was just a real guy, he didn’t fake it no way, it was just always just 100% real.” Says, Roman Gratic. Long also shares, “Sammy had a light that a lot of people don’t have. and I just remember him as being a very strong and sweet spirit and being very encouraging and motivating other people to be their best selves like he was.”
“Sam was an entrepreneur, he made everyone around him feel better about themselves. he made their confidence levels go higher and higher each day.” Says friend Mareuez Barber.
Sammy was a senior at Fairfield Central High School, where he excelled in his grades, band, on the basketball team, active in student government and was recently voted the school’s homecoming king.
“Anybody he was around, he impacted, he was helping them strive to be better.” shares Tracie Swilley, Principal for Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro.
Police say, Sammy died in a two-car crash Tuesday morning, when he was traveling East on Reservoir Road, crossed the center line and was struck by an oncoming car.
Tiffany J says, “he would always be grateful for all type of opportunities. He had the opportunity to play for gospel legend John P. Key as his drummer at one point. So he would always show and express his gratitude to people and to God for blessing him with such opportunities at such a young age.”
The young talented drummer and entrepreneur whose life and future was bright as his smile will not be soon forgotten. His friends say, they plan to continue his legacy of encouraging and helping others be the best that they can be.
The Pastor of Rock Church wants to honor Sammy by starting a scholarship fund through the school. It's in honor of Sammy as an entrepreneur.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up in Cornelius, Jr.'s honor.