Mother honors son with scholarship

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The mother of a son who died in a four-wheeler accident in 2016 is honoring his memory with a scholarship to one of her son’s classmates.

Kameron J. Bacon of Madison died June 20, 2016. Four years later, his mother, Marveline Bacon, is giving back to her son’s classmates and friends from Madison Central High School in form of a scholarship as thanks for the all the love and support they’ve shown to honor Kameron. 

“This scholarship is just meant to give back to Kameron’s class because of how special they’ve been,” Bacon said. “After talking to Miss Mackaroy, who is one of the staff members at Madison Central, we gathered up all the letters that Kameron’s classmates wrote on the week of his passing. We took the top three best letters that were written by his closest friends who not only knew him well, but also loved him.”

Bacon said the $700 scholarship is meant to help the recipient with college. She was able to get proper funding for it from her family and friends, who all donated to her to help with the cause. 

“After going through the top three letters to Kameron, we awarded first place to Avery Tate,” Bacon said. “I hope it is a blessing to her and that she goes out and lives a very special and blessed life. She and the rest of the Class of 2020 have been there for me for so long. They helped me through the darkest and hardest times of my life, and my heart goes out to all of them.” 

Avery Tate, who just graduated from Madison Central, is incredibly grateful to Bacon. 

“This was very unexpected since no one knew she was going to do it,” Tate said. “It was so amazing when she read out my letter while awarding me the scholarship. I’m very thankful to her and that she’s going to this length to give back to us like this. It really is incredible.” 

Tate recalled how it felt when she was originally writing her letter for Kameron and how everything that had happened was just so unexpected. 

“We each wanted to write a letter to Kameron because he put a smile on all of our faces every day and made such a big impact on all of us,” she said. “I just want to thank Mrs. Bacon for everything she does.” 

Tate’s letter read in part: “There was never a day I didn’t see that boy smiling! He literally came up to me every single day and always making me smile even if I wasn’t having the best day.”

She closed the letter with words Jesus spoke to His disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:1)

Kameron’s eighth grade counselor from Madison Middle School, Lindsey Montgomery, saw Kameron every day when she was in the office and always remembered him having a smile on his face and being in a good mood. 

“Kameron was such a sweetheart and so much fun,” Montgomery said. “Everything he did was about having fun and he was always smiling. He was absolutely delightful.” 

Montgomery said the scholarship for Kameron is amazing and absolutely precious. 

“Marveline is like family to us and always will be,” she said. “She’s always been so supportive to our school and still comes to visit us on a regular basis. The love from her to us and to her son to this day is very powerful.” 


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