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 Kevin Jacks on November 15, 2010
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.
Posted by Izzy Cobb on November 2, 2010
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
Posted by Donna Conte on October 24, 2010
Still praying and thinking of you daily. We love you! The Contes
Posted by Kevin Jacks on October 22, 2010
No retreat, No regrets, No return, Your mother and I, Kirby and Bowen, will always miss you Virginia. Virginia's Dad
Posted by McCoy Evans on October 22, 2010
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
Posted by Leslie Janaros on October 14, 2010
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
Posted by Matt Brinkley on October 13, 2010
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
Posted by Donna Conte on October 12, 2010
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.

Posted by Lauren Hixon on October 11, 2010
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....

Lauren Hixon
Posted by Amylynne Blake on October 9, 2010
precious Jacks and Williams families, Kevin and I lift you in prayer daily, we both rejoice and grieve with you! We love you!!
Posted by Beth Owen on October 9, 2010
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.
Posted by Greg Dageforde on October 6, 2010
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
Posted by Daniel Kilgore on October 4, 2010
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.
Posted by Gabrielle Conoly on October 4, 2010
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."
Posted by Bailey Simmons on October 3, 2010
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.
Posted by Eddy Henderson on October 3, 2010
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
Posted by Chris Fleming on October 2, 2010
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
Posted by Kevin Jacks on October 1, 2010
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
Posted by Bryan Oswalt on September 30, 2010
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!
Posted by Lauren Hixon on September 28, 2010
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
Posted by Don Pinson on September 28, 2010
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.
Posted by Virginia Lynn on September 28, 2010
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
Posted by Jessica Montgomery on September 27, 2010
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,
Jessica Montgomery
Posted by Elizabeth Walden on September 27, 2010
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
Posted by Angie Markwell on September 26, 2010
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
Posted by Jenny Letner on September 26, 2010
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
Posted by Beth Owen on September 26, 2010
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
Posted by Ann Gulley on September 25, 2010
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.
Posted by Rachel Foxx on September 25, 2010
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
Posted by Heather Cole on September 25, 2010
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. :)
Posted by Jackie Butler on September 24, 2010
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
Posted by Katherine Schroeder on September 24, 2010
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
Posted by Amy Smith on September 24, 2010
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
Posted by Mike McDonald on September 24, 2010
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.
Posted by Ginger Johnson on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Julie Knox on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Hope Thornton on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Bruce Hilt on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Meg Boster on September 23, 2010
Jacks Family,
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.
Posted by Hope Gulley on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Maria Kometer on September 23, 2010
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!!!
Love, Maria
Posted by Leigh Sasser on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by Laura Hicks on September 23, 2010
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.
Posted by Izzy Cobb on September 23, 2010
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
Posted by David Holtsford on September 23, 2010
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.
Posted by Sandra Caldwell on September 23, 2010
You and your entire famliy are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget. Standing with you!!

Clark and Sandi Caldwell
Romans 5:1-5
Posted by Jacob Johns on September 22, 2010
Dear Jacks Family,I am praying for you every day intently,and I am very sorry Love,jacob johns
Posted by Beth Garcia on September 22, 2010
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
Posted by Ashley James on September 22, 2010
So glad I got to spend last Friday night with your family-precious memory for me.
Posted by Cami Phillips on September 22, 2010
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.

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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.
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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.
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!!