Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 14, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Jennifer and Jeremy James and their son, Jonas, 12, hold a photo of Jesse Dylan James. The couple’s 14-year-old son died by suicide in September 2017, and the couple formed the Jesse Dylan James Foundation. The second Jammin’ for Jesse event is scheduled for 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the White County Fairgrounds in Searcy. Bands will perform, and there will be food and activities, including a dunking booth, bounce houses and face-painting. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Jammin' for Jesse

Searcy event raises suicide-prevention awareness, funds

Ninth-grader Jesse Dylan James was quiet and shy like his mother, Jennifer, yet funny and quick-witted like his dad, Jeremy. The blue-eyed blond-haired teenager played the trumpet in the Searcy High School marching band, loved the Chess Club and made A’s without much effort. “He was extremely smart, and we used to joke that it must skip a generation; Jeremy and I weren’t near as brilliant as he was,” Jennifer said. She has to speak in t... READ MORE


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