Town of Big Sandy faces a tragic loss of Jaylen Christopher


Town of Big Sandy, Tennessee tragically lost a fellow high school student earlier due to a water accident. No updates reported as far as him physically being recovered.

Outside sources posted “Jaylen Christopher loved bigger than any other kid i have ever met! I praise God I was blessed to have him in and out of our home almost daily. The impact he had on others was a beautiful blessing to watch. Kiddos, Jaylen may have left first, but leaders, like Jaylen, pave the way for the rest! For those that have chosen the same path as Jaylen you will see him again, for those that haven’t, you have time to change that outcome. I believe in my whole heart Jaylen went first to show you the way!”

Jaelyn was actively involved in the Big Sandy High school Basketball Team and was a great friend to those who knew him!

The town has reported that they’re hosting a Prayer Vigil located at the Big Sandy High School Gymnasium at 4PM.

Obituary information: William Jaylen Christopher, age 16, of Camden, passed away on June 14, 2021, in Safford, AZ.

He was born on October 19, 2004, in Tacoma, WA, to Raphael Smith and Amie Christopher Ballard. Jaylen was a basketball player at Big Sandy High School and would have begun his junior year in August. He was also a member of the Beta Club. Jaylen was a Christian and attended First Baptist Church in Big Sandy.

Survivors include his mother, Amie (Joey) Ballard of Camden, TN; father, Raphael Smith of Tacoma, WA; grandparents, Frank Christopher of Lakewood, WA, and Joann (Franz) Hardin of Camden, TN; brothers: Maliyk Smith, Isaac Smith, Dalyn Ballard and Cameron Ballard; his sister, Ava Ballard; and his uncle, Jake Christopher of Lakewood, WA.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Big Sandy High School with Cameron Berry officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Big Sandy, TN.

Visitation with the Christopher family will be Friday, June 25, 2021, from 3-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from noon to 3 p.m. Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home in Camden is in charge.

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