- 17 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 27, 1993
- Date of passing: Sep 18, 2010
|"Lord i want to yearn for You i want to burn with passion over You and only You Lord i want to yearn" -Shane & Shane|
2nd Annual Virginia's Run
September 15th, 2012 at The Waters in Pike Road, AL
Please join us for a day to run, refresh, and remember.
This special day, outside of being a fundraiser, is a meaningful event for the school Virginia attended for 11 years.
This event will meet three main purposes:
to draw the school family together,
to reach out to our community,
and to honor the Christ our daughter loved.
For more information on how you, your business, your family, your friends, and your neighbors can participate,
please visit www.virginiasrun.org
Running the race to finish strong,
Kevin and Ginger
Here's two videos the school made to promote the run.
We are blessed by them and hope you are too!
When people ask what my life was before Christ, I always think...I can't even remember. I became a Christian when I was little and have grown up in the church and in a Christian home. But growing up in a Christian home hearing about Jesus everyday, I took it for granted. I was always told read your Bible, pray, share your faith. But I would read it because I HAD to. I looked at it as if it was a chore. But the more I grew up I grew in my faith.
Once I got older, my faith soon became my own. My parents didn't have to tell me to read my Bible. I began a real relationship with my Heavenly Father, my faith became my own. But being a Christian didn't solve everything, I still had daily sins in my life and had to constantly remind myself how I can't do anything on my own, but I can only do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me. God shows so much grace to us, and especially to me. But I think for so long, I viewed God as always forgiving me, I never had a reverent FEAR of Him. We need to fear the Lord's wrath, and realize what he has done for us, He has paid the ultimate sacrifice. He deserves everything!
God's grace has changed my life in different ways. I see God's blessings in giving me a Godly family, school, and friends around me. But the Lord has truly given teh ultimate gift, which is sending His only son to die for us. Imagining killing my sibling or parents killing, "sacrificing" their child for the world doesn't sound easy, but Jesus died for you and me...no one can exemplify grace like He did.
(Virginia wrote her testimony only two weeks prior to her death as part of an Evangelism Explosion class. She was learning how to be better prepared to share with others the hope within her-the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please feel free to copy her written testimony to use it as an evangelistic opportunity or to encourage other believers with it.)
"I am remembering Virginia on her birthday and have been thinking of her for weeks. Her life is still blessing people. God is teaching us so much through the witness of her family and how they praise God in the pain of the last 3 years. So thankful for God's mercy and ability to hang on to us. "Bring the Rain", by Mercy Me made me think of them on my run tonight! Jesus is Lord."
"Hey Jacks family,
Remembering Virginia in a special way today. Think of her a lot, not just on her birthday but especially today. Smiling with the good and sweet memories,(Kevin, she hated my dog because of YOU!!) but that is a funny memory now. Loving yall and thinking of you today. Happy Birthday to Virginia........love Christy and Benjamin"
"A young lady who was amazing while here, a blessing to all."
"Dear Jack's Family,
May the love of Jesus pour over your lives today, and each day, as you miss your dear Virginia. The love and prayers of God's people are with you."
"Dear Kevin, Ginny & boys - This morning you and your sweet family were on my heart and as I do so many days, I began praying for you. Then I learned that today is the 2nd anniversary of Virginia's passing. The Holy Spirit continues to put each of you on the hearts of those of us who count it a privilege to stand with you as we press on. May God bless, keep and strengthen you...always."
"What a celebration there must be in Heaven today.............Virginia's birthday! What a wonderful birthday gift God gave all of us when He created Virginia Jacks!"
"A beauty inside and out. She is missed but what an amazing girl she was while here."
"Born 19 years ago today...and soon will come the day that marks your 2 year anniversary in the company of Jesus! When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun! You got a head start on us, that's all. I celebrate your short life here with us and rejoice in your life there with Christ! David (4Kathryn2)"
"Happy Birthday Sweet Virginia. I love you and miss you so much. I know you're having an amazing birthday in heaven. Looking forward to seeing you again one day. I love you.
I know you must be having an amazing birthday....in so many ways we are envious of you sweet girl......not a day goes by that you don't come to my mind..what a big part of our family you had become....love you and will see you one day soon.....at least soon in terms of eternity......"
"Happy Birthday sweet girl! I think of you every day and pray for your friends and family. Your life here continues to make an impact on those who love you and on people who hear your testimony. Our memory of you helps us to have hope and realize it is Christ that holds back the darkness that is pressing in around his church. Without that hope we would despair, with it we fear nothing."
"As a parent who has had a child to die, I can try to understand your loss. As Virginia's birthday approaches you can be assured that her love and precious memories and our Lord will sustain you in the darkest hours. While we never 'get over it', we do get better and the intensity of separation lessens. Be comforted in this time."
"We only have one life to live in this world. What we do, why we do what we do and who we do it for defines a live wasted or one of worth. Virginia's was one of worth. Although she cannot be here physically, she is here in the memories of those whom she touched; and that in itself is a truly wonderful gift that will always bring a smile to our faces and warmth to our hearts."
"i have really been thinking about Virginia a lot lately and i have really been missing her. Life has gotten hard on all of us without her around. I know everyone that she has ever known misses her like crazy including me"
"Matt Phillips spoke of how we should not put Virginia high on a pedestal, but she certainly is a great inspiration. She had such a strong faith in God! For me, I am inspired by Virginia's testimony and can only pray that I will have half of the faith that she had!"
"Virginia's Run honored God in a wonderful,glorious way! This race touched the hearts of us all and gave us an opportunity to share & reflect on the life of Virginia. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone, but what is woven into the lives of others" (Pericles)"
"Thank you for your continual testimony to the gospel of God's grace. Virginia is deeply loved and sorely missed. May the God of peace continue to comfort your hearts and guard your minds in Christ Jesus."
"Kevin & Ginny - Although a year has passed since your precious daughter's passing, a number of brothers & sisters in Christ in Chicago are still lifting you & your boys up before the Lord for continued peace, comfort and strength. May God bless & keep you in His tender care."
"Sweet dear Jacks, I was slayed with conviction after stopping by your house today at lunch. Kevin, your face was literally glowing with joy. It took me a back. You are so kind so gracious such a servant. What a beautiful picture of God's grace. Virginia will be "forever missed""
"My dear friends,
How precious you are to so many! Your grace and strength have been so beautiful this past year. How I miss your precious girl and her beautiful smile. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers continually. I love you."
""Dear Jacks Family, i am praying for 24/7.""
"Virginia...you've been away for a year now, taking care of finished business! We've still got lots of unfinished business before we meet again. We're still running the race though! We remember you, and we celebrate you by posting a few pics from your visit to France in 2008. D&K"
"...a family's unmovable faith through such a tragic event! It made me look at how far away from Christ I had become; and how I would have reacted to such an event in my life! It would have been far from the way the Jack's dealt with it! (I quit that horrible job a week later!)"
"I can't believe it's already been over a year since Virginia's death, and what an impact it's still leaving here on earth! My only relationship with the Jack's family was being employed as there "Family Service Counselor" @ Leak Memory Funeral Home. I've never been so moved by.."
"Can you imagine a birthday in Heaven? Angelic voices singing, the radiance of Virginia's smile as she celebrates life with her Creator and her joy when she looked down and saw all her family and friends at Eastwood celebrating with her. Happy Birthday Virginia!"
"Kevin and Ginger,
We continue to pray for you all the time. Last night was a great reminder of Virginia's special life. I loved what Kevin said about her holding his hand across the table. She was precious. We love you! Amelia and Lee"
"I don't know if they celebrate birthdays in heaven, but I wouldn't be surprised! On earth we mark a life by the day of one's birth and home-going, but in heaven it's only a constant celebration of life! May Virginia's birthday remind us of our new life and eternal future!"
"Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! I love you and miss you so much!!"
"Dear Kevin and Ginger, Kirby and Bowen, We love you and the Lord Almighty loves you with an everlasting love. His love is greater....."
"I did not know Virginia other than what the news reported. Having children of my own I can only say that her soul, the essence of Virginia, IS in the arms of Jesus Christ in her heavenly home. Her loved ones WILL see her again."
"Dear Kevin & Ginny - Someone dear to me once said, "In Christ we hold others tightly in our hearts but loosly with our hands." I am praying for your strength, comfort and peace.
I miss you so much so I read some things that Izzy, Ben, and Blake posted on your wall & they just made me cry! They, along with me and many others miss you like crazy! Can't wait to see you again! -Karel"
"I still think of Virginia everyday, even though I didn't know her very well. I tell people who she was and that she died for Christ every time someone asks about my bracelet."
"I had the amazing opportunity to share my testimony this weekend at a women's retreat in Callaway Gardens. I was totally letting God speak and suddenly out of my mouth I began talking about Virginia. She was such a light to so many and it's hard not to think about her! She knew exactly who Christ was and she lived the way we should all live. Her example is still living today. I love you, Virginia!"
"Dearest Ginger,Kevin, Kirby and Bowen,
I was in Auburn yesterday talking with a friend about y'all. She said she hears constantly how Virginia's testimony is being spread throughout Auburn. She runs into people wearing the bracelets all the time. It will be amazing to see how many will be enjoying heaven because of her life and passing. Much love-Marilyn"
"Sweet Kevin and Ginger, Not a day goes by that my heart and mind are not inclined toward you. My heart aches everytime I consider your loss. My heart rejoices everytime I consider Virginia's gain. It's impossible to remain down when I am forced to look up. Your family is remembered. Your Virginia is remembered. Your Savior is remembered."
"I continually thank the Lord that I had a friend as amazing as Virginia. Even though it has been a struggle to keep on going, I remember her positive attitude towards everything, and it helps me. I can't wait to see her again one day, and I know that when I do, it will be well worth the wait! I am so thankful for all the amazing memories I have with her. Love you!!"
"We miss Virginia very much, we think about her ever day. Ginger and I are thankful to everyone who remembers her. She is still special to us. There are days that are hard to get thru, it can be filled with A-Z emotions. We remind ourselves of God's promise, but we still miss her. Not seeing her in the house, talking with her, or seeing her smile, father daughter dates etc. Virginia's dad"
I miss you so much and not a day goes by that I wish I could see you and talk to you and play basketball with you. I know that there is no way i could have gone through this without our Savior & you taught me so much about Him that is truly helping get through this everyday! Thank you so much. I can't wait until the day I get to see you again! Love you Big Sis!
your lil sis,
"Dear Jacks family,
This trial seems impossible at times but I just want to encourage you how amazing Heaven will be when we get there! You are such shining examples for how we should face a hard trial like this. God promises us that He will never leave us so lets hold onto that promise and evangelize every opportunity because we aren't gauranteed the next breath we take!"
"Dear Jacks Family, you are in my prayers everyday. It was such a blessing to have grown up with your daughter and seeing your strength through all of this has truly encouraged me! Virginia was such a light for Christ and I loved her so much!
I miss you so much! I really could not make it through this time without you without our Heavenly Father pulling me through this! Somedays I feel hopeless until I remember His promises! I know I will see you again, but I just hate not being able to see you right now! You better give me a tour when I get up there! Love you babe, Benj (aka the breath dragon)"
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37 While the world wants our best, God wants our all."
"What do you believe concerning the forgiveness of sins?
That God, for the sake of Christ's satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither my sinful nature,
against which I have to struggle all my life long; but will graciously grant unto me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never come into condemnation.
Forever grateful to Christ and humbled by his great love. Virginia's Dad."
"Dear Jacks Family, I was so grateful that God placed a friend as wonderful as Virginia in my life for the past 16 years. I will never forget her beauty and love for the Lord. I love y'all so much and I am praying for y'all! In Christ Alone, Izzy #25"
"Still praying and thinking of you daily. We love you! The Contes"
"Dear Jacks, Growing up with your daughter and having her as a close friend was such a BLESSING. I love her so much and her life has definatly impacted and encouraged me to have a deeper relationship with God! She had this joy that was AMAZING and it was because she was totally in LOVE with the Lord!! I love yall and I am praying for yall!! Love, McCoy Evans"
"No retreat, No regrets, No return, Your mother and I, Kirby and Bowen, will always miss you Virginia. Virginia's Dad"
"To the Jacks family and our beloved Eastwood family…we are constantly remembering you and praying for you, longing to be there with you all. Virginia’s sweet testimony has brought smiles to so many, a number of which are people who did not even know her. We are rejoicing with you in her victory and praying for the Lord’s peace until you are reunited again. Isaiah 26:3-4 Jason and Leslie"
"Ginger and Kevin,
Yesterday Kirby shared with me the news about Virginia. While I did not know her it is obvious through the testimonials that she walked closely with Christ and created a powerful impact for His glory on all who knew her. I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that Vickie and I are praying for you.
Matt and Vickie Brinkley"
"Dear Kevin and Virginia,
The Conte's all love you very much. I wanted to share with you what I heard Steven Curtis Chapman say of his daughter. Virginia is a far greater part of our future than she was of our past. While you long for her here and now, I pray that this thought will bring some comfort. Thank you for sharing your life and love with us.
"Kevin and Ginger, I continue to pray for you all every day. I am so inspired by Virginia's life, especially her passion for Christ and her physical discipline. Grace and peace by yours in abundance....
"Ginger and Kevin,
Eastwood played their state volleyball tournament this weekend. So many people came up to Eastwood people and commented on how they were praying for your family and our school family. A lady from Faith Christian School in Athens gave us a video taken when they were scouting Eastwood's basketball team last year. Girls from other teams also wore teal ribbons in their hair."
"precious Jacks and Williams families, Kevin and I lift you in prayer daily, we both rejoice and grieve with you! We love you!!"
"Kevin and Ginger, I just heard the news. My heart is breaking for you, but my heart is rejoicing for Virgina. She is in paradise with her Father. Her life will be a testament for all of us.
Greg and Susan Dageforde"
"The beautiful smile on Virginia's face is reflected in your entire family. Our family prays for you daily and is encouraged by your faith. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.""
"Virginia was such a sweet and loving young woman. When my dad was sick with cancer, her and her family were so kind to help with chores and things around the house. That meant so much to me and my family. To kevin and ginger and the rest of the family-she will truly be missed."
"Dear Jacks Family, Our families heart aches for you. Like you our 17 yr old son Justin Henderson is now in heaven after a auto accident Nov 25, 2007. Justin was a Junior at Hooper Academy. These children are safe in our Fathers arms now. We must keep the good fight. You were so blessed to have Viginia. With Gods Love, The Henderson Family"
"We all loved virginia soo much! She often sent me scripture verses of encouragement and love. It is still shocking to me that she is gone."
"Kevin & Ginger, no words can express how much we love you. Virginia's homegoing has brought to our whole church & school family that life is precious and we are to take advantage of each day. She is in heaven rejoicing with her Savior. We mourn her loss only for a while. All of us shall see her soon. P.A. & Chris"
"To all who read this note: Know that God is answering your prayers. We have been surround in a sea of people that have loved and encouraged our faith. We loved our daughter very much. We desire to place our hearts in our Lord's hand to mold us into his image. Thank you for your prayers and your kind words. Virginia's Daddy"
"I work at Greenwood and assisted you with the burial arrangements. Not one day has gone by since then that I have not had Virginia and your family on my mind. After the burial I attended the service at Eastwood and was greatly moved by what the Pastor said about her. I have been encouraged to pick up where she left off in the cause for Christ and will not allow her death to be for nothing!"
"Dear Jacks Family,
Our sweet friends, Leslie and Jason Janaros, told us about your very recent loss. My heart goes out to you, Virginia's classmates and your whole church. As our loving God surely works to bring good from out of this tragedy, my family will be praying for your comfort. In Christ, Virginia Lynn"
"This is virginia's cousin Hughes pinson I am so sorry about what happened I play football and wrote her name all over my jersey and I play hard just for her.I am going to dedicate all my sports to her.I am really sorry I really miss her.she was my nicest cousin."
"Kevin and Ginger,
What a blessing it was to see you at Church Sunday. What a testimony of God's grace in your lives! As I continue to grieve minute by minute for Virginia, it comforted me to just see you all with smiles on your faces singing praises to the Lord. Thank you for all allowing us to learn from your witness and from how faithfully you have parented your children. Lauren Hixon"
"Dear Jacks Family, We did not know Virginia but are friends with the Janaros family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be lifting you, your family, and friends up in our prayers. Ronnie and Elizabeth Walden"
"Dear Jacks Family,
It was such a privilege to be Virginia’s teacher. I will always remember her beauty and radiance. She would light up the room every day with her smile. It was such a blessing to see her so strong in her faith and so willing to encourage others - even me. I found a sweet note she wrote me last year and she had signed it “In His Arms, Virginia.” I know that is where she is and that the joy that I knew in her is now complete. I miss her and I think about you all every day. You are constantly in my prayers.
All my love and prayers,
"Ginger, Kevin, Bowen and Kirby,
You bring such attention to God's greatness as you grieve like real human beings and trust like faithful followers of Christ. I am amazed at His greatness in your lives!!! The Owen family cries with you as you miss her and rejoices with you as you know Virginia laughs on Glory's side. We love you deeply, Beth Owen for the Owen Family"
"Jacks Family you are constantly in our prayers and we are so sorry. What an amazing girl. I did not know her but am a friend of Ken's family and I feel like I know Virginia from all of the wonderful stories they have shared with me. I will be running in honor of Virginia along with so many others and I know you are so proud of the many lives she has touched in such a brief time. In Him, Jenny"
"Kevin & Ginger,I love you both so much. Virginia's life and death are such a testimony of who she was, but also who her parents are.I see you as those who do not grieve without hope-the hope of one day being reunited with her.She was a precious young lady.I am privileged to have known her since her birth, coached her in basketball,and taught her.I am more heavenly-minded because of her.Praying4U"
"Dear Jacks family,we are so sorry for the loss of sweet Virginia.She always showed Christ through her actions.We know that earth's loss is Heaven's gain.Praying for you always Rachel Foxx and Anna Kometer"
"Kevin and Ginger, Kirby and Bowen, what an honor and a privilege to have known Virginia and to have taught her. I ache for you, and I long for you to be comforted. My prayer is that our Heavenly Father will teach us and change us all through Virginia's life and death. I don't ever want to be the same. I want to be more like Virginia, smiling and encouraging others to the glory of God."
"What a wonderful testimony! God bless the family, and all who will be reached by Virgina's life. :) Love and blessings Virgina's family, and friends. :)"
"Virginia's precious soul has made heaven brighter. Christ's loving arms are tightly around her right NOW. May all who grieve have the full knowledge and understanding that Virginia is alive in Christ and joyful in her heavenly place. You WILL see her again."
"Your sweet daughter touched my life in numerous ways. She is everything all of us should strive to be. I was so blessed to have her in my life, and will never forget every word she said to me, every smile she flashed at me. She was amazing! I am praying for your family constantly! I know where your faith is and I know that our Father will get you through this and bring you out stronger! Love, Amy"
"mr. and mrs.jacks i am very sorry for your loss but virginia is in a better place.i am praying for yall and the entire jacks family. love katherine schroeder"
"Kevin,Ginger,Patti and children, Oh, how my heart broke for ya'll when Dorie called me with the news about Virginia. I immediately fell into prayer for ya'll. I KNOW our precious Lord is comforting you all as only He can. I have learned so much about your precious Virginia in these last days...what a treasure! Please know so many are uplifting you to the throne of grace each day. Love, Jackie"
"You and your entire famliy are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget. Standing with you!!
Clark and Sandi Caldwell
"Dear Jacks family,
I am so blessed to have had Virginia in my life for the past few years while i have been at Eastwood. We had some great times together that i will never forget. My memories with her will last a lifetime and i am miss her smiling face whenever i walk into school."
"Dear Jacks, I am so grateful that I got to know Virginia the way I did. I am so honored to have been able to play basketball with her and to know her! I am praying for y'all, and I love y'all so much! Love, Izzy #25"
"Dear Jacks Family, we are praying for you very much that God would comfort you and give you peace during this time. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. Praying that He will carry you."
"Jacks Family...I did not know Virginia but what I have read about her has shown me what a phenomenal young lady she was. I am in deep prayer for all of you at this time and I am so very sorry for your loss. Please let memories of Virginia and the knowledge that she is with her Heavenly Father, whom she loved so dearly, comfort you. God bless you all.
Leigh Sasser, Opelika"
"Dear Jacks Family,
i was BLESSED to have had Virginia in my life. i love her so so much. We were leading the seventh grade Bible study together, and because they heard her story and were encouraged, the attendance today was doubled. She was such a light and an encouragement to the girls, and to me as well. i love you all!!!
"Mr. and Mrs. Jacks, yall have been practically my family for the past 16 years and I love yall so much!! I'm praying for you constantly. Both of you and Virginia have impacted me (and still are!!) I will never forget her, and I hope that I will see both of you soon. I love you both more than I can say.
In His Arms, Hope"
I'm sorry for the loss of Virginia. I didn't know her very well but she always very nice and would always say hello to me. I know that Virginia had a strong passion for Christ, friends and family. She will never be replaced and always be remembered! Someday when we all reach heaven we will see her again and her beautiful smile when we get there. God be with you."
"Dear Kevin, Ginger and family, I heard the news at 3:00 in the morning and I fell to my knees on behalf of Virginia and your entire family! I have known you and your family for over 25 years! I remembered when Virginia was born and we were in the midst of raising our children in the nursery. I rest assured God is sovereign, His love is everlasting, and His ways are higher than ours -Bruce"
"Praying for you all! Lot's of love and prayers from the Thornton family!
"In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm"
Love Always- Hopie"
"Ginger, Kevin and family... Our hearts are grieving with yours over your loss. We will continue to pray for God's mercy and grace your lives . We love you all !
Julie and Ed Knox"
"God promises that no matter what comes upon us, He is with us. His grace is upon us, and therefore we can endure suffering. As painful as it is to suffer the loss of someone you love, you are so blessed to know that He raised Virginia up to be with Him and that her years will know no end. Our love to you all.
John, Ginger,Brandon and Alexis"
"Kevin and Ginger - What a testament to your love and devotion that Virginia was. Kevin said it was evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in her life but you both also did a wonderful job of showing her how Godly people live out their lives day to day. Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter. She was truly an angel-one who has spurred me on for Christ. Love you both, Amelia"
"jacks family, i didnt know virginia that well but i did know that no one could replace her sweet happy face.i am praying for you and the entire jacks family.in christ,katherine schroeder"
"Dear Jacks Family, as we all grieve over the loss of your wonderful, precious, Godly daughter Virginia the one thing I personly try to remember is that she is in a better place right now. Her love for christ was outstanding and her testimony reminded me how blessed you were to have such a Godly daughter!We are praying for you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Christ, Margaret Rhodes"
"Dear Jacks Family,
I have been praying for you every day. It is very hard to lose a family member. Virginia was a great example of a Christian. I have been very sad for your family.
In His Service,
"hi jacks family im so sorry about the death of virginia my family and me are praying for you and all of your family i hope every 1 of you will be alright.
"So glad I got to spend last Friday night with your family-precious memory for me."
"Kevin and Ginger, Frank and I attended the Memorial Service and were uplifted by Virginia's strong love and committment to serve our our wonderful God even at her young age. Her passion for Christ, her family, friends, and for the unsaved were described beautifully in her testimony. We will continue to uplift you and your family in our prayers. Frank and Beth Garcia"
"Dear Jacks Family,I am praying for you every day intently,and I am very sorry Love,jacob johns"