Calvert Family Killed in Hwy 6 Accident Remembered

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Over 300 people crowded into the St. Emmanuel District Association Saturday. All there to say goodbye to a family tragically taken last week, on Highway 6.

"Thats a great big loss. I had never seen a loss like that before. I've heard it but I've never seen it," said attendee Lorene Kiney.

Three grandchildren and their grandmother, 61-year-old Daisy Jackson, were all suddenly gone.

"She was a good person, Daisy was a good person. I never did hear her say nothing wrong about nobody," said Kiney.

10-year-old De'Vonte Jackson played basketball, and was in the 5th grade. He would have turned 11 next month.

"He was very talented with a great smile, always fun," said his Little Dribblers coach Charles Pope. "He was just a great all around kid."

De'Vonte will be burried with his little brother De'Monyea. "He was just three years old," said a relative.

The smallest casket was reserved for the boys' cousin, four-year-old Starr Jackson.

"Every year we always had their birthdays, my sons was on the 7th, hers was on the 9th and we always had their parties together. We're gonna always miss her and love her. She's in a better place now," said Brittney Taylor.

Countless family traditions and routines have been altered forever. The four leave behind siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and other grandchildren.

The family will be laid to rest Monday, in West Texas. Six-year-old De'Venna Jackson is the only one to survive from that vehicle.

Family friends say she has been released from Scott and White, in Temple, but will continue to undergo physical therapy.

She was able to attend Saturday's service for her brothers, De'Vonte and De'Monyea.

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