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Time changed for funeral

By Kathy Jefcoats

The time for the Thursday funeral services for a teenager killed in a two-car accident Saturday night has been changed.

Community Bible Church officials announced Tuesday that services for James Everett, 13, are 2 p.m. and will be held at the church on West Jodeco Road.

Visitation for friends of the family will be held at Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Home at Ga. Highway 42 and Brannan Road is today, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Everett was one of three sons of Brooks and Monica Everett. Brooks Everett is a minister at the church and junior high school principal at the church-affiliated Community Christian School.

Also killed was front seat passenger Amanda Ramirez, 18, the daughter of Ruth and Armando Ramirez of Mt. Zion Road, Stockbridge. Ramirez planned to begin classes this fall as a freshman at Georgia State University. She volunteered once a week at Southern Regional Hospital. She had one sister, Rosalie, 22.

The Ramirez family said the viewing is private but the public is welcome to attend the funeral Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home at 2047 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro.

A fund has been established at Bank of America and donations to the Amanda Memorial Fund can be made to any branch location in care of Ruth Ramirez.

Carl Potts, a volunteer coordinator for the Sheffield and Everett families, said the church has rallied around the Ramirez family, coordinating meals and helping out when needed.

The teens were two of three passengers in a Honda Accord driven by Jeremy Sheffield, 18. Henry police Lt. Ken Turner said a preliminary investigation into the crash at the intersection of Mt. Carmel and Mill roads in McDonough around 9 p.m. Saturday is ongoing.

The Honda collided with a Jeep pickup truck, said Turner, and the Jeep occupants suffered minor injuries.

Sheffield was treated for injuries and released from Grady Memorial Hospital Sunday. His brother, Josten Sheffield, 12, remains in critical condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta but has made some slight improvement, said Potts.

"We'd ask that everyone keep him in their prayers," he said. "He's made it through the critical first 48 hours and the swelling has gone down considerably in his brain."

The survivors are the sons of Joe and Lori Sheffield and nephews of school administrator Jim and Tricia Sheffield. No one has been charged in the accident, said Turner, pending the outcome of the investigation.