It’s difficult to think of a more painful experience than the loss of a child. It is likely that no one can truly understand the deep hurt unless it is their child who died. Fanestia Massey does understand because her youngest son, Preston, was killed in an auto accident a few years ago.
There is a big hole in the heart and a feeling that never entirely goes away, even as time passes. Just ask Fanestia and her husband, Roy. But even with the daily burden she carries, Fanestia has found ways to use the experience with her son to help uplift others.
“Project Graduation Night” at Caldwell County High School in the western Kentucky town of Princeton, on May 22, 2004, was a special time when graduating seniors came together to celebrate and have a good time–safely and without the dangers involved with alcohol abuse. All thought this night would be joyful and safe for the sons and daughters of the parents who organized the program.
Preston’s nice smile, energy, and pleasing personality were well-known to those around the community of Princeton. He was popular, was a member of the high school baseball team and active in his church. He also liked to share his music. “He took his guitar, named ‘Grace,’ everywhere,” said Fanestia, “and his many friends loved to hear it be played.”
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