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Remembering Jacob Wright

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 11:22 PM EST
Hundreds of friends gathered with family at Trinity Baptist Church to remember 18-year-old Jacob C. Wright of Candler Monday night.

Troopers say Wright was speeding and passing another vehicle on Emma Road when he sideswiped a car coming in the opposite direction.  He ran off the road, hit a fence and a small wall, then flipped. He was not wearing his seat belt.

Friends say Jacob had been out with his girlfriend Friday night before the crash.

Wright graduated from Asheville High School last spring and loved to play football. Coach Danny Wilkins knew Jacob nearly his entire life.

"It has been a sobering thing for our kids and our program our coaching staff and a reminder that life is fragile delicate and bad things happen to good people sometimes," said Wilkins.

His parents are close friends and helped Coach Wilkins by filming his football games well before their son even played. Coach Wilkins said his parents loved to cheer Jacob on at Asheville High.

"It meant a lot not only to him, but his entire family would come out in numbers to watch him play," said Coach Wilkins.

Wright was loved by his family and many friends.

"He loved to make you smile, that smirk he always had on his face, it was so familiar," said Adam Scarborough, Jacob's friend.

"He would come up to me and say, why are you in a bad mood cheer up, smile," said Tauri Demetry, another friend who attended the service Monday.

Jacob had just recently started a job at Milco Inc. as a switcher. Coach Wilkins said Jacob had plans to go back to school and attend AB-Tech to become a diesel mechanic.  He was extremely close with his parents and his girlfriend, Kelsey Davis.

Gravesite services are planned Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

by Kimberly King
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