Sunday, April 3, 2011

South Stokes student is laid to rest

South Stokes student is laid to rest
by Leslie Bray, News Editor
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Leslie Bray/The Stokes News - The Spirit Rock at South Stokes High School bore the message "Stay strong, Jamie" while 17-year-old Jamie Rominger struggled to live after her accident. Since her passing on Thursday, Mar. 31, the rock has proclaimed a different message.
The South Stokes junior injured in an auto accident over a week ago has been laid to rest. The community paid its last respects to 17-year-old Jamie Rominger of Walnut Cove this weekend.

Large crowds gathered at Burroughs Funeral Home on Saturday night, Apr. 2, from 5-9 p.m. to pay their condolences to Rominger’s family. Many of them came out again on Sunday, Apr. 3, for Rominger’s funeral at Burroughs Funeral Home at 2 p.m. A graveside service was held after that at Willow Oak Baptist Church.

Rominger was critically injured on Thursday morning, Mar. 24, while on her way to school. As she pulled out from Hinsdale Road in Walnut Cove in her Honda, she and her passenger, 16-year-old Jessica Cummings, were hit by another Honda traveling eastbound.

After being airlifted to Wake Forest University Medical Center Baptist Hospital, Rominger was in the Intensive Care Unit for a week. According to a family member, during Rominger’s battle to recover from several broken bones and internal injuries, she suffered multiple strokes which affected her brain.

Rominger was removed from life support on Thursday, Mar. 31, and passed away soon after that.

During her week-long struggle to live, Rominger was supported by her fellow students at South Stokes High School who united in a way not often seen. There were several days that much of the student population at South Stokes High School, as well as many in the community, wore yellow--Rominger’s favorite color. The Spirit Rock which greets visitors to South Stokes at the parking lot entrance was painted yellow and read, “Stay strong, Jamie.”

“Yellow will forever mean so much more to the Saura family than just a simple color,” said South Stokes senior Mara Boles.

Boles noted that Rominger’s untimely passing has had a profound effect on her and her fellow students. “Now every day is something more worth living for,” Boles said. “No one is guaranteed tomorrow.”

A Facebook page entitled “Praying for Jamie” had nearly 9,000 people signed up on it by the time of her funeral on Sunday. A video tribute lasting almost eight minutes is available there for viewing, showing pictures of Rominger, as well as many shots of students and community members wearing yellow.

Those who wish to do even more to help ease the suffering the Rominger family will have the chance to do that this coming weekend. A bake sale and silent auction for items/services donated will be held on Saturday, Apr. 9, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home, 1382 Highway 65 W, Walnut Cove.

All of the money raised will be given to Rominger’s family to assist with medical bills. Anyone who would like to donate food, money or items/services for the auction should contact Michelle Pilcher at 336-406-2980 or Jacob Vaughn at 336-972-0287.

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