KINGSTREE, SC (WCSC) - The life of Sonya Burgess was remembered Sunday. The Kingstree Senior High School girls basketball coach was killed earlier this week, in a hit-and-run accident.
Alveretta Mobley sang the song "Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There." Many others honored Burgess through reflections and prayer.
Reverend Mary Johnson greeted the audience with a prayer saying, "May God grant us grace, that in pain we find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection."
Coach Sonya Burgess was given one last goodbye by nearly 3 thousand friends and family members. They called it a "home going celebration", one that rejoices in the life of a person and where they are going next.
Freya Sullivan, a long time friend asked, "Does anyone have a friend like that, whenever you want to call them they're there? Does anyone have a friend whenever you want to share good news; you want to dial them first?" Sullivan said, "Well Sonya was that kind of person to me and many of us here."
Her coworkers wore yellow flowers in her honor. Her sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority showed up in large numbers to remember Burgess and on the first row, in uniform, the Kingstree girls basketball team.
Sullivan told the players, "Mrs. Burgess changed your lives. Make sure you do 110% in everything that you do. Leave it all on the court like she did. She coached her heart out because she wanted you to excel."
One speaker said to the team that when you're coaching a sport, you're doing more than that, you're coaching life.
Under Burgess, the team made it all the way to lower state finals.
Burgess died after being ejected from her vehicle and then hit by another driver. The woman officials say caused the accident, Daveline Holmes, is charged with reckless homicide. She originally fled the scene but later turned herself in. Burgess' children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash but they were not hurt.
39 year old Sonya Burgess leaves behind a husband and 3 children.