The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 11, 2012

23-year-old dies in Wadesboro wreck

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — Friends and family gathered Tuesday to remember a life cut short in an instant.

Jami Ann Pless, 23, of Locust, died around 3 p.m. April 6 in a car accident in Wadesboro, near the Anson County Airport, according to Anson County Communications.

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said she was ejected from the vehicle, however, specific details of what may have caused the accident were not available, as Highway Patrol reports were not ready as of press time.

Paula Troutman Fox of Locust offered comments to The Stanly News & Press through Facebook about her daughter, saying “words aren’t coming these days for me to try and call.”

“Jami loved life and all the people around her. She never met a stranger and always had a smile. She was a beautiful young woman who loved her family, which extended far beyond bloodlines. She lit up the world with her bubbly personality and quick wit, that some days made a mom a little nervous,” Fox said.

“I hear her laughter coming down the stairs in my mind. Her sister didn’t just lose a sister, she’s lost her best friend, her ‘buddy.’ She had friends that stretched so far. Her jobs put her in touch with so many lives, we really had no idea until now.”  Pless was a cosmetologist and stylist at Sport Clilps in Kannapolis and was employed with Tyson Insurance in Wadesboro.

“We keep getting calls and messages from people we don’t know, but that she knew that just needed to tell us that loved her. So many people loved her and so many people are going to miss her,” Fox said.

“My husband and I after so many years in the medical field are wandering in circles with our loss, but we are in awe at the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends and community. There is no way we would have made it this far without them. Please just continue to remember our family in your prayers. This has left a hole in our lives and hearts that time will never fill.”

Fox remembers the last conversation she and her husband had with their daughter.

“She called for no real reason, but her Aunt Shelby had made her cake the day before and she was so excited and she wanted to make sure we were not eating up all her Aunt Shelby cake. Her dad told her I was eating the cake, which was not true, and she said ‘it must be true because my daddy never lies to me,’ ” Fox said.

Friends and acquaintances of Pless and her family remembered her character.

“I can say she was always upbeat, full of energy, and her family loved her very much,” said Brian Huneycutt, who worked with Pless’s parents through EMS.

Verla Homesley of Albemarle taught Pless for two years in yearbook and newspaper classes at West Stanly High School.

Homesley says Pless was “always a hardworking, responsible and dependable student. She was a joy to know and a pleasure to teach.”

As for the accident, the family is searching for answers.

“We don’t understand what happened, We are trying to accept that God has a plan that we don’t know and aren’t expected to understand,” Fox said.

“We are just searching for the good that can come from this tragedy.”

The good may be in the form of The Angel Fund, where the family asks memorials be sent.

The Angel Fund is for a family friend’s daughter who came home from the hospital the day Pless died. Angel had just had her second brain surgery. Pless had been helping with an upcoming fundraiser for her.

“It was important for her to help those around her in any way she can,” Fox said.

Angel’s father is Pastor Alan Thompson, who will be performed the service Tuesday.

“He left his home on Friday, dropping off his wife and Angel to come to the hospital to comfort our family,” Fox said.

Memorials may be made to the Angel Thompson Fund, Attn: Capt. J.W. Lentz, 31 Willowbrook Drive, Concord, NC 28027.

Pless’s funeral will be at 4 this afternoon at Center Grove United Methodist Church of Midland, with Rev. Alan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Community Baptist Cemetery of Locust.

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