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

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!

"My Testimony"

 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 one can exemplify grace like He did.

Virginia Jacks

 (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.)


Posted by Amy Tankersley on September 18, 2020
How can it be 10 years? Virginia is not forgotten. Her short life was an inspiration to many.
Posted by Barbara Harrington on August 28, 2020
Virginia was a natural beauty, both inside and out. She could light up a room with her smile.
Posted by Mike McDonald on September 18, 2019
I didn't know Virginia but may God rest her beautiful soul and comfort her loved ones.
Posted by Mike McDonald on August 27, 2019
I didn't know Virginia but may she rest in peace with Christ Jesus and her family be blessed.
Posted by Lynn Cobb on September 19, 2018
Remembered this sweet girl today! So thankful for her life.
Posted by Barbara Harrington on September 18, 2018
Dear family of Virginia,
Another year to remember that God has a beautiful one with Him who knew how to share her life because of you Ginger & Kevin.
Posted by Mike McDonald on August 27, 2016
I didn't know Virginia but I want to say God rest her sweet soul.
Posted by David Lohnes on September 18, 2014
Kevin and Ginger, and to all those in your household and family: your hope is an anchor for your soul, firm and secure, immovable and unchanging! It has been offered to you - take it and flee to it (every day) and cling to it (every day) so that on this memorial day you may be greatly encouraged! It (your hope) has "landed" deep within the inner sanctum of the Holy of Holies where God dwells in all His unapproachable splendor, majesty and power... and your anchor has firmly attached itself to Jesus who went in first, on your behalf, ripping down the impenetrable separation between you and God Himself so that you could finally enter, boldly and with confidence, into His holy presence through a new and living way - Jesus! (Heb. 6:19-20)

In this life riddled with hardship, pain and trouble one desperately, at times, casts his anchor overboard hoping against hope that it might attach itself to something, anything solid that will guarantee his security in the storm, so he won't wander off course. The Scriptures are clear - your only hope (literally) through this unpredictable journey is to cast your anchor in the direction of the one solid rock capable of holding you fast and sure - Jesus! Nothing else "out there" is secure, nothing else lives up to it's promises. I'm glad Kevin and Ginger that you know that! Aren't you glad, on this day, that Virginia knew that!

What is the good news, then? Even if the ship goes down...and sometimes it does - it always goes towards the ANCHOR! What does that mean in light of where Virginia is today and where your journey is taking you? Are you not greatly encouraged, 4 years later, that your anchor holds in spite of the storm! How great is this hope that we have been offered!

Joyful in the journey,
David & Kathryn
Posted by Bruce Hilt on August 27, 2014
Kevin and Ginger...We love you guys! There is probably never a week that goes by that I do not think about you, your family and Virginia. Many people will have deep reflections today and write beautiful tributes regarding her life and impact for Christ. By His design, we are pilgrims on this barren land until one day we tarry in a land filled with milk and honey and no longer deal with the shackles of sin, for we shall be free. Virginia is free from the shackles of this world and rests in the arms of her Father and our hope. He has risen and in Him we shall one day rise! Love, affection, prayers, and praise. We love you guys deeply!
Posted by Gabrielle Conoly on August 27, 2013
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.
Posted by Barbara Harrington on August 27, 2013
A young lady who was amazing while here, a blessing to all.
Posted by christy holding on August 27, 2013
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 Christy and Benjamin
Posted by Lynn Cobb on August 27, 2013
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.
Posted by Heidi Chase Walsh on September 18, 2012
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.
Posted by Ginger Johnson on August 28, 2012
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!
Posted by Lynn Cobb on August 27, 2012
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.
Posted by christy holding on August 27, 2012
I know you must be having an amazing 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 you and will see you one day least soon in terms of eternity......
Posted by Hope Thornton on August 27, 2012
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.
- Hopie
Posted by David Lohnes on August 27, 2012
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)
Posted by Barbara Harrington on August 27, 2012
A beauty inside and out. She is missed but what an amazing girl she was while here.
Posted by Charlotte Roberts on August 17, 2012
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.
Posted by Ginger Johnson on January 13, 2012
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.
Posted by david holtsford on January 11, 2012
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
Posted by Ginger Johnson on September 19, 2011
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)
Posted by Nancy Gray on September 19, 2011
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!
Posted by David Lohnes on September 18, 2011'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
Posted by cami phillips on September 18, 2011
"Dear Jacks Family, i am praying for 24/7."
Posted by angie markwell on September 18, 2011
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.
Posted by marilyn bopp on September 18, 2011
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"
Posted by Heidi Chase Walsh on September 18, 2011
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.
Posted by Brenda Payne on September 18, 2011
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.
Posted by Bryan Oswalt on September 11, 2011
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..
Posted by Bryan Oswalt on September 11, 2011
...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!)
Posted by Ginger Johnson on August 29, 2011
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!
Posted by amelia davis on August 28, 2011
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
Posted by Mike McDonald on August 27, 2011
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.
Posted by donna conte on August 27, 2011
Dear Kevin and Ginger, Kirby and Bowen, We love you and the Lord Almighty loves you with an everlasting love. His love is greater.....
Posted by Hope Thornton on August 27, 2011
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! I love you and miss you so much!!
Posted by Brenda Payne on August 27, 2011
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!
Posted by Heidi Chase Walsh on July 6, 2011
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. 
Posted by Karel Gulley on June 17, 2011
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
Posted by Meg Boster on March 12, 2011
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.
Posted by Amy Smith on February 8, 2011
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!
Posted by marilyn bopp on January 21, 2011
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
Posted by Brenda Payne on January 20, 2011
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.
Posted by Izzy Cobb on January 2, 2011
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!!
Posted by kevin jacks on December 29, 2010
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
Posted by Karel Gulley on December 22, 2010
Oh Vig,
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,
Posted by Emily Martin on November 22, 2010
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!
Posted by Claire Slawson on November 20, 2010
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! 

In Christ,
Claire Slawson
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Posted by Amy Tankersley on September 18, 2020
How can it be 10 years? Virginia is not forgotten. Her short life was an inspiration to many.
Posted by Barbara Harrington on August 28, 2020
Virginia was a natural beauty, both inside and out. She could light up a room with her smile.
Posted by Mike McDonald on September 18, 2019
I didn't know Virginia but may God rest her beautiful soul and comfort her loved ones.
Recent stories

Happy Birthday Virginia

Shared by Izzy Cobb on August 27, 2011

I remember last year on Vig's birthday, everytime I saw her in the hall, I would yell "HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIRGINIA!!" and she would just smile and laugh. Then, later I was on facebook and I saw that she had written on my wall (after I had told her happy birthday again) and she said, "aww ur so sweet encouragement buddy!!! i deffinitly miss having u in my class and seeing ur pretty face every day!!! thanx for saying happy birthday to me soo mcuh today, ur so sweet!! love uu soo much!"

I miss you so much Vig, I miss having my Encouragement Buddy around all the time to make me smile. I love you more than words can say. Love you babe, I'll be seeing you!!

Big Sis

Shared by Karel Gulley on August 12, 2011

Maria Kometer took me out to lunch the other day and told me needed to talk to me about something. Of course, I thought it was going to be something bad and was kinda freaking out. She started asking me about Jr. Miss and what I thought about it. I told her that, you know, i would do it if someone asked me but it's not on the top of my list of things to do. She then asked me if I wanted to be her little sister for it. And I was like "YESSS OF COURSE!!" She explained to me that Hope and Virginia planned on doing Jr. Miss together their senior year. Hope was going to ask someone to be her lil sis and Virginia was going to ask me. I had no idea about that, and when Maria told me, it absolutely made my day!! I always called Virginia my "big sis" and still do. But finding out that she wanted ME to be her "lil sis" just made me so happy! Of course, I wish I could me up on the stage, dancing, and spending tons of time with Vig, but just knowing that she would of picked me is enough. 

She truly was the best girl, friend, teammate, counselor, and big sister I could ever ask for. She always included me in everything, always knew how to make my day, and her notes encouraged me more than anything else ever has. I miss her so much everyday, but I know that I get to see her again one day and that from now until then, and for eternity, she will be my Big Sis!! And I cannot wait to experience Heaven and our Savrior with her by my side, just like she has been all along! 

Love you Vig! 
Your lil sis, Karel! <3

"Yeah Karel! We get to play together!"

Shared by Karel Gulley on June 17, 2011

   I think about Virginia everyday and all the time. She was like my big sister and one of my closest friends. We played basketball together for 6 years at Upward and on Eastwood's team. I remember when Gary asked me my freshman year to come and play in the Varsity's Christmas Tournament. I was really excited at first and driving to Lee Scott I was pumped about it. We got in the locker room and Virginia said, "Karel. You better get excited! You get to play with the Varsity! And you'll love it and do great!!" Then, when we started warmups, I stayed with Virginia the ENTIRE time cause she was the one who kept helping me and reassuring me when I was getting discouraged or nervous. Gary called me over to the bench during warmups and was exaplainig all of Varsity's confusing plays and everything which did nothing besides make me more nervous. Finally, warmups were over and we were all "huddled" aroung Gary as he was showing the starters a few last minutes plays. As I was sitting on the bench, Maria and I were talking about the game and how much we wanted to go in and play and all my nerves were gone. Then, to my suprise, Gary comes over and says, "Karel. Maria. Yall go check in." I was like "No, No! I don't wanna go in!!" I checked in and I remember heading straight for my position-left wing. I looked around and saw Mary at point, and KK and Caroline in their positions. I was freaking out then looked across from me and saw Virginia. She was smiling of course! She quickly ran across to me and told me, "Yeah Karel! We get to play together!! All you gotta do is have fun and if you need help just ask me and I'll help you okay? Now, lets got have some fun!!" Once again, Virginia took all my nerves away and I had so much fun playing the rest of the game. I scored my first 2 Varsity points then too, and Virginia was the one who passed it to me for a lay-up. 

    I was reading through my hundreds of notes from Virginia and one she wrote me at the beginnig of this past school year said, "I love playing basketball with you... I can't wait for basketball season, I really like playing Tuesday and Thursday nights! And I'm really excited that you will be on Varsity team this year, it will be a lot of fun!" When I read that the first time I was so excited about playing my Sophomore and Junior baksetball season with her. But when I read it right after the accident, I just couldn't help by cry. I never had the chance to officially play on Varsity with Virginia which is really hard. After tryouts, Gary have us an A or B which told us if we were starting or not. I got an A. Which I was excited about since I would start. Then later I was talking to Izzy and then Gary later and realized that I was taking Virginia's spot. I didn't want to do that cause it was her position and I didn't want to take it from her. Gary then told me that it wasn't her's anymore and that she would love for me to play it for her. That really helped and I Know it's true. Now, whenever I step onto the basketball court, I think of her! 

    Like other people have said, many of my memories with Virginia have been during basketball and this past season was really hard without her. When we found out we were going to state, we were really exicted. Although,  some of us didn't really want to go without Virginia. But, we soon realized that Virginia would want us to go and have the best time of our lives and glorify God while doing it. The whole weekend pretty much I, along with the rest of the team, was thinking about Vig and how much we wanted her there but she had the best seat in the house up in Heaven!! At the basketball banquet, Gary gave each of us on Varsity a yellow rose. And he didn't leave out Virginia. Her jersey was hanging up in the front and he put a rose on it... right by #11. It made me tear up cause even though she isn't physically here with us she is and always will be the heart of our team! Each time I pick a baketball or play in a game I think of her and the modivation, love, and detecation she had towares the sport and how she spend each moment of her life, even during basketball, to glorify our Heavenly Father! She brought the ECS Lady Warriors Varsity Basketball Team 2010-2011 closer than we ever thought we'd be. And I thank her so much for that and I thank God for putting Virginia in each of our lives because if we hadn't known her, who knows where we would be! We are all so blessed to have had her in our lives!

     I was reading on this website some of the things people have posted on her facebook wall and some of them made me cry once again. Several said that even though they didn't know Virginina very well, she sitll impacted their lives and even they noticed her smile and love for Christ and EVERYONE around her. Goodness. She was such a miraculous girl who I miss like crazy and I cannot wait until I see her again. She was the most humble, sweet, loving, funny, beautiful girl I know and her life has challenged me in my walk with Christ! I Love you Vig!!