Welcome to our Memorial
We wish to memorialize the loss of our son and
beloved brother, Thomas Michael Jones. We
lost him at the tender young age of 19 to a
heroin overdose. He unfortunately fell victim to a
wretched dealer named Golden Billings who
sang the siren song about a new heroin drug so
powerful that it need not be injected to get high. This took place about
Christmas 1996 and there were a number of other young teens who agreed to a
one-time test of this so-called ultimate high. Tragically, he and at least four
others didn't stop trying. During the next nine short months, Tommy was arrested
once, later being charged with violating probation and went thru two 5 day
detox's and 28 days of inpatient treatment at Hope
Valley Inc, in Dobson, NC trying to beat this horrendous addiction.
But just 2 weeks after leaving Hope Valley, Tommy died of a heroin overdose
about 2 p.m. on September 14, 1997 in the parking lot of the Pilot
station located just off I-85 and Statesville Avenue in Charlotte, NC. Needless
to say, the family and his many friends were devastated and it's such a tragic
end to such a promising young man.
The above picture came from his high school year book when he
was a Junior. It was a glorious time. He had made the National Honor
society, played trombone in the South Rowan HS band and worked
part-time for his father. He was very popular with many friends. His
father recalls shaking his head in disbelief at how lucky he was to have
such a good son. He was that good!
Unfortunately, he had already begun smoking pot and using LSD. It
proved to be fateful mark of the beginning of the end. This is his
story..sad though it's ending may be. This is the story of the life and
times of Tommy Jones and why the only true way to avoid substance abuse troubles
is to never take them. Once you start it, you may one of the unfortunate ones
like Tommy who can never quit.
- Personal Interests, family links
and some pictures
here for a
Real Media video- a Memorial to Tommy Jones. A wonderful 2000
Christmas gift from Missy Thigpen.
Other victims of drugs and alcohol
- a fathers angst and a word about
- How we can fight back-from a parents prospective.
Also links to treatment, thoughts on DARE and a host of other complex issues
concerning substance abuse.
all about drugs and helpful tips for parents
on drugs like Ritalin, marijuana, alcohol, GHB, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine,
heroin, , cocaine, inhalants,
etc. Also a good bit of information about the danger of raves. Here's
a good outside link to oxycontin,
the new scourge that should never had been put on the market (click here
for a possible solution to it).
Notes and help for users