Remembering Kingstree coach killed in hit-and-run accident - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Remembering Kingstree coach killed in hit-and-run accident

Posted: Updated:
KINGSTREE, SC (WCSC) -

The life of Sonya Burgess was remembered Sunday. The Kingstree Senior High School girls basketball coach was killed earlier this week, in a hit-and-run accident.

Alveretta Mobley sang the song "Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There." Many others honored Burgess through reflections and prayer.

Reverend Mary Johnson greeted the audience with a prayer saying, "May God grant us grace, that in pain we find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection."

Coach Sonya Burgess was given one last goodbye by nearly 3 thousand friends and family members. They called it a "home going celebration", one that rejoices in the life of a person and where they are going next.

Freya Sullivan, a long time friend asked, "Does anyone have a friend like that, whenever you want to call them they're there? Does anyone have a friend whenever you want to share good news; you want to dial them first?" Sullivan said, "Well Sonya was that kind of person to me and many of us here."

Her coworkers wore yellow flowers in her honor. Her sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority showed up in large numbers to remember Burgess and on the first row, in uniform, the Kingstree girls basketball team.

Sullivan told the players, "Mrs. Burgess changed your lives. Make sure you do 110% in everything that you do. Leave it all on the court like she did. She coached her heart out because she wanted you to excel."

One speaker said to the team that when you're coaching a sport, you're doing more than that, you're coaching life.

Under Burgess, the team made it all the way to lower state finals.

Burgess died after being ejected from her vehicle and then hit by another driver. The woman officials say caused the accident, Daveline Holmes, is charged with reckless homicide. She originally fled the scene but later turned herself in. Burgess' children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash but they were not hurt.

39 year old Sonya Burgess leaves behind a husband and 3 children.

Copyright WCSC 2013. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCAL NEWSMore>>

  • 2 agencies partner for Backpack Buddies

    2 agencies partner for Backpack Buddies

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:41:34 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are working with HTC for a second season to bring Backpack Buddies Monday to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The program invites fans toMore >>
    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are working with HTC for a second season to bring Backpack Buddies Monday to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The program invites fans to bring certain essentials to the ballpark for donation on Monday home games. Those donating will receive half-price admission on their Monday game ticket.More >>
  • GCSO to collect unwanted prescription drugs

    GCSO to collect unwanted prescription drugs

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:10:08 GMT
    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday, April 26 the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to preventMore >>
    On Saturday, April 26 the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.More >>
  • SCFC shares fire prevention tips

    SCFC shares fire prevention tips

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:26:42 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The spring season brought along warmer temperatures with its arrival. To celebrate the season and a tradition for some, people are preparing to spring clean. The South CarolinaMore >>
    The spring season brought along warmer temperatures with its arrival. To celebrate the season and a tradition for some, people are preparing to spring clean. The South Carolina Forestry Commission reminds folks, spring cleaning includes the outside of the home as well.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

918 Frontage Road East
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9623
news@wmbfnews.com

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WMBF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.