Lighthouse Church to celebrate former church members' lives

Edith Jackson, Angie Arthur and Melvira Johnson lost their lives in a car accident November 2012 (Source: WCIV)

By Sonya

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- A performance on Saturday night will be a church's a chance for the Georgetown community to remember the lives lost in a tragic car accident last November.

Three members of The Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church died in a car accident last November, but their lives will be celebrated Saturday night with music and messages.

God's Trombones is the title of Saturday night's production. It pays respect to the old-time African American preachers and will be directed by a Georgetown native, who wanted to celebrate the lives of former church members.

"Personally, Edith Jackson, one of the victims, was my high school classmate so it was personal for me, but it was a way for the community to rally around the families and rally around this church," said Donald Gilliard, the artistic director of God's Trombones.

For the first time since the accident, all of the families will come together as one to continue the healing process.

"I think after tomorrow the family can kind of pull some of the Band-Aid off where they was hurted and wounded and still scarred from Nov. 14 and I'm just grateful for this production coming," said Bishop Floyd Knowlin, the church's pastor.

While it will bring in musical talent from Charlotte, all of the{}seven sermons will be delivered by local pastors.

"That helps us draw locally and it also gives us some variety in terms of different styles and how the preacher delivers the sermons and that sort of thing," said Gilliard.

This community event has special importance to Deacon John Arthur who lost his wife and was critically injured himself.

"This event will bring healing to his children, help to give him closure because he wasn't able to be at his wife's funeral because he was hospitalized but by him being in this memorial service and this God trombone production. It will give him a feel of how the home-going service was," said Knowlin.

And the hope is that everyone walks away with a sense of peace.

"I want them to take away love, take away the fact that this is a community unified to take his arm and hug these families and hug this church. That is what we want them to do," said Gilliard.

The church is expecting every pew to be full, which will contribute financially and spiritually to the victims' families.

The proceeds will go to the victims' families and the Lighthouse Church.