- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 31 Aug 2011.
BISHOP, ANTONIOUS "TONY B" MAURICE - of Knoxville, departed this life, suddenly, August 25, 2011 in Stockbridge, Georgia. Born May 3, 1995. Preceded in death by great-great grandparents, Rev. Hannah and Walter Dowdell; great-grandparents, Lois Branner and Cornell Bishop. Survivors, very devoted mother, Lakesha A. Hill; father, Maneus Bishop, Jr.; siblings, devoted brother and sister, Maneus Bishop, II and Abriana Green; brothers, Manquez, Malik, Marcellus Bishop; stepsister, Porchia Green; grandparents, Cheryl (David) Bonner, Danny Kimbrough and Carolyn (Victor) Moore; and numerous family and friends. Family will receive friends, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Canaan Baptist Church, 1117 Beaman Lake Road; funeral service, 7:00 p.m., Rev. Dr. Harold A. Middlebrook, officiating. Interment 11:30 a.m., Friday at Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery. The family will assemble at 2756 Linden Avenue. Body will lie in state after 3:00 p.m., Thursday at Canaan Baptist Church. The family will assemble at Jarnigan's Mortuary for the procession to the church at 5:15 p.m., Thursday. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary www.jarnigansmortuary.com
- [S142] Newspaper Article, 29 Aug 2011.
JONESBORO: Teen's family forgives DUI suspect
Submitted by Jerry Carnes, 11Alive Reporter
JONESBORO, Ga - The family of 17-year-old Timothy Aaron is offering forgiveness to the woman accused of taking their son's life.
"My wife and I look at Timothy's heart on the matter," said Eric Aaron, the teen's father. "He was a loving kid."
Aaron was one of three teenagers who were struck by a vehicle while walking in the emergency lane of Highway 138 in Clayton County. The aspiring musician lasted nearly three days before giving in to his injuries on Saturday.
16-year-old Antonious Bishop died instantly. 17-year-old Octavious Sorrels passed away just hours after he was hit.
48-year-old Pricilla Dianne Johnson faces more than a dozen charges, including vehicular homicide, DUI, and hit and run. Police say she was driving on a suspended license.
"We're hurting right now, but I think she's going to hurt worse because she's going to have to live with that," said Lakesha Green, Antonious Bishop's mother. "I don't hate her."
According to a police affidavit, Johnson admitted to an officer that she was on medication for anxiety. The officer said Johnson "performed poorly" on field sobriety tests, and that one test indicated she had "high levels of depressants in her system."
The officer wrote that at the time the teenagers were struck, Johnson "was using her cell phone and having an argument with her husband."
At the Kroger grocery store where their son worked, Timothy Aaron's family spoke of their son's spirituality and compassion.
"If he had to sit on the jury and listen to that woman's situation, I know compassion would be in the equation," said Eric Aaron.
"The only way I can get peace is to forgive her, or I'll always be angry," said Jacqueline Aaron, Timothy Aaron's mother. "I have to move on."
The Kroger on Highway 138 near I-675, close to the accident scene, is now raising money to help the Aaron family with funeral expenses.
Antonious Bishop's mother will bury her son on the very day the suspect is schedule to be in court. Lakesha Green is clinging to the last words she heard from her son as he was leaving their apartment.
"He said, 'mom, I love you,'" said Green. "He always told me he loved me. So, I did get that final love."