Friends remember teen killed in accident

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, September 18, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ga.---A wreck in Jefferson County left one teenager dead and two more injured.

15-year-old Joyce Warnock died Monday afternoon when the SUV she was riding in flipped, killing her. She was not wearing her seat belt.

Joyce Warnock was a popular student and well liked by all who knew her at Jefferson County High School, which makes her loss all the more painful.

Her friends say she was a fifteen year old known for her beaming smile, her love for the band Fall Out Boy, often seen eating her favorite food, Oreo cookies, and never short of good friends by her side.

It's those same friends that are now lost without Joyce.

"Joyce, she was that one person, that one special person that was always there," says her best friend Tasha Walden.

"She was just always smiling. I called her giggles. She was just smiling always," adds friend and classmate Louisa Torres.

"Joyce was a student everyone knew and loved. She was a student who was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside," remembers her high school principal Dr. Molly Howard.

The beloved student and friend died Monday on her way home from school. She and two other teenage girls were less than one mile down the road when tragedy struck.

Officials say the driver of the SUV, 16-year-old Hannah Sheppard,
lost control of her explorer near this curve on Mennonite Church Road.
Sheppard ran off the right side and over corrected to the left side. Sheppard then over corrected again, this time fatally. The car flipped,and ejected Joyce from the back seat. The explorer then landed on top of her, killing her instantly.

"I now do not have my best friend. Nobody will ever take her place," vows Walden.

Dr. Howard says the school brought in 12 grief counselors to comfort more than 150 of Joyce's close friends. "This has been a tremendous loss for Jefferson county high school family. It's a loss that can never be replaced."

These friends say Joyce taught them lessons in life, and in her death.

"This is very tragic to me. It shouldn't happen to anybody. It just made me and and a lot of other people realize that we should be buckled up and driving slow and be careful," says Torres.

The other two teenagers are at home recovering. As for right now, there is no word on any charges against the driver.

But under Georgia Law 16 year olds cannot have more than one passenger-who is not a family member- in their car until they've held their driver's license for more than a year.

A memorial is planned for Warnock Saturday, September 22 at Jefferson County High School at 10:30 in the morning.


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  • by -CHRiiS* Location: L0UiViiLL3...jCHS** on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    JOYCE I REMEBER YOU FROM LMS WHEN WE USED TO ALWAYZ LAUGH AND GIGGLE YOU WERE SO FUNNY AND I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE GONE I CRIED SO MUCH WHEN YOU DIED BUT THAT GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT YOU ARE GONE BUT DEFINITELY AND NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN I LOVE YOU AND YOUR WAYZ YOU WERE SO SWEET AND IT SEEMS LIKE THINGS AT J.C CHANGED AFTER YOUR DEATH BUT I HOPE YOU R.I.P!!!! L0V3 ALWAYZ -x.chris.x P.S WH0V3R L3FT THAT COMMENT AB0UT JOYCE AND TASHA NOT BEING BEING FRIENDS OUGHTA BE ASHAMED OF THE WAY THEY ARE CARRYING ON ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION BECUASE ONLY TWO PPL KNOW IF THEY WERE FRIENDSZ ARE NOT AND THAT WAS THOSE TWO.....SO STOP BEING CHILDISH AND JUST GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE BECUASE BEING IGNORANT IS WORTH BEING IGNORED!!!!! BUT LOVE YOU JOYCE AND I HOPE YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE NOW AND I REALLY AND TRULY DO LOVE YOU AND THE WAY YOU ACTED ABOUT THINGSZ AND YOUR ACTING SKILLSZ IT HAS BEEN A YEAR AND A COUPLE OF MONTHES AND I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE GONE I LOVE YOU & R.I.P!!!!!!
  • by Tasha Location: Wrens on Dec 3, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    How disrespectful of others to say who was and who was not joyce warnocks best friend noone knows wat me and her talked about and noone ever will noone knows if she said hateful things to me about others and noone ever will because those are our things and noone knows wat her favorite food was cause others werent their!! Ill let joyce be thejudge in character but some people need to grow up and stop being disrespectful espically now tht she is gone and cant defend herself and say wat she has to say but i kno tht she wouldn want ppl disrespectin others and i kno she wouldn want ppl whose supposed to be other peoples friend talk about thm! (Joyce i love you and i kno tht i was your best friend because you told me many times before & you kno your my best friend cause i said it back) Love Always, Tasha
  • by anonymous Location: wrens on Dec 1, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    joyce's best friend wasn't tasha walden... ALL of joyce's friends were her best friend... she had no favorite food... joyce would eat anything that could be eaten she loved food and she loved to cook...if i had to say who exactly her best friend was it would be my cousin...Leeann Prickett
  • by Taja Location: Wrens on Sep 30, 2008 at 11:49 PM
    Well Joc.....it's been a year....and I miss ya=D You were a good person and I know that u in a better place where you can shine eternally and make everyone else happy and teach them japanese too...lol!!!! Save a spot in the cheer line up there!!! I luv u and miss u!!!!!
  • by Esha Brown Location: Louisville on May 3, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    R.I.P Joyce Warnock a.k.a "joc" U will never b forgotten!!!
  • by Brittany Location: Wadley on Apr 24, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    Joyce i love you so much. u will always be in my heart. see u in heaven soon.
  • by Brittany Location: wadley on Apr 24, 2008 at 09:13 AM
    Joyce "Joc" Warnock.i cant believe ur actually gone.it was like yesterday when i was at ur house and we were eatin soup and ur g-parents back porch.those were the good times.i miss u so much & nobody can ever replace u as my bestfriend.i have known u since 5th grade and im so glad that i got to becomeone of ur bestfriends.u were the best friend a gurl or any person could have.i love u gurl.& i always will no matter wat.cant wait to see u in heaven my lil Rockstar.i love you always!ove u alots...-britt
  • by tiffannie on Dec 26, 2007 at 10:56 PM
    happy birthday joyce,i know you did not get to mack it to this bithday but you will always be in our hearts your never forgotten and aways loved dec/29/07 rest in peace
  • by megan Location: matthews on Nov 23, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    hey juicy,,,(joyce) i just wanted to say i love u an i think about u everyday...i really cant believe that u r gone..it seems like i saw u yesterday..i love u will always b in my heart... mookie
  • by Dakota Location: Keysville on Nov 12, 2007 at 05:40 PM
    Gosh, has it really be 2 months???? It seems like forever since I saw you in A.P. U.S. History cuddling up to Will. I really miss your smiles. See you soon!!! (I can't wait!!!)
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