The life of 19-year-old Red Boiling Springs resident Amy D. Ferguson, ended suddenly this past Fourth of July when she was killed in a one-vehicle wreck during the early morning hours near Hermitage Springs, Tennessee.
Ferguson, a passenger in the 1991 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck driven by her boyfriend, 22-year-old Eric Sean Reece, also of Red Boiling Springs, was fatally injured as the couple traveled East on Highway 52 and lost control, went off the left side of the road and overcorrected, sending the vehicle back on the highway where it went into a yaw, flipped and came to rest in a ditch.
Many remember Amy for the smile she always wore and the positive attitude that added light to any room.
The typical 19-year-old loved the color pink, Marilyn Monroe, fashion and the movie Dirty Dancing. A graduate of Red Boiling Springs High School, Amy aspired to be a nurse and enjoyed being a mother to her son Chandler.
Referring to herself as “a country girl” on her Myspace page, Amy held her hometown roots close to her heart writing, “I am from the small town of R.B.S. This is my hometown, and I wouldn’t live anywhere else for nothing in the world!”
Cherishing her relationships with friends and family, Amy referred to her parents as her biggest heroes.
“They have been here for me since the day I was born,” she wrote. “They help me get through all my problems and support me. Every time I am sad, they always cheer me up and make me laugh. My mom is so goofy. I love her for that. She can make me smile, even if I am balling my eyes out over something. I can always count on them to be there for me. They are my world and I don’t know what I would do without them. I am so thankful to have parents like them.”
The energetic, blue-eyed teen with the bubbly personality, touched the lives of many who knew her and shared her outgoing nature and kindness even with those who didn’t.
“I am always smiling and laughing!! I can make anyone smile, usually. I love to just have fun,” Amy wrote.
Even though her time with us was cut short at the young age of 19, Amy had an outlook on life that truly defined the person she was - a girl who loved life, dreamt big and cherished every day.
And perhaps it is her favorite quote, posted on her Myspace page, that reminds us of the message she tried so hard to share with the rest of the world during her life on earth.
“Laugh your heart out, dance in the rain;
cherish the memories, ignore the pain;
love and learn, forgive and forget;
because remember you have only one life to live . . .”
According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, neither Reece nor Ferguson were wearing their seatbelts and Reece, who was injured during the wreck, tested negative for alcohol and positive for drugs. Ferguson also tested negative for alcohol and further test results are pending at this time.
No charges have been made as of press time as the investigation is ongoing.