Today, tomorrow and years to come we will pray for the family because life has taught us through all death experiences that, He reclaims the old; as well as the young. No parent plans to bury his or her child but when God sends His Angels to bring His child home; much sooner than we planned, we'll brave the grief that comes and try to understand. And God promises us in Revelations 21:4 that, He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying. Neither shall there be anymore pain. For the former things are passed away.
It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us so young, but today as a family, we find comfort in knowing that Devontay was a special gift from God. When God calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. As we gather to celebrate Devontay’s beautiful life, our hearts are heavy and we are looking to Heaven for our strength. Today, we give reverence to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing Stephanie Gardner and Aldaton Youmans with a beautiful son on April 28, 1995 in Allendale County, South Carolina.
God sent his Holy Angels to claim His very own on Friday, December 28, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. If only, we could be in his presence just one more time. We just need to hear his voice, see his beautiful smile, or feel his special touch. Cornbread as he was known to his family and friends began his early education in the public schools of Allendale County. At an early age, he attended Simpson United Methodist Church, Allendale, SC, where he sang in the youth choir. After relocating to Augusta (Evans) Georgia, he attended middle and high school and was given the nickname “Cornbread”. He was a 2013 graduate of Lakeside High School. Always searching for excellence, he attended Edwards Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida majoring in sports medicine. Devontay was passionate about playing sports (football), which began during childhood. He was a dedicated patriot of the Indianapolis Colts, Duke, Chicago Cubs, Orlando Magic, and the Clemson Tigers. He worked at Walmart nd management. His last employment was with Fedex Ground, Jacksonville, FL. Devontay was a humblein Augusta (Evans) Georgia and Jacksonville. FL, where he was admired and loved by co-workers a, polite, respectful young man that everyone admired. He loved his pet (Legend) and his family.
He leaves his legacy to live on with his family as they celebrate his memories: Loving parents, Stephanie Gardner and Aldaton Youmans both of Jacksonville, FL; sibling, Khalica Youmans, Jacksonville. FL , Patrick (Kiyana) Preacher, Jacksonville, NC, Zackery Preacher, Allendale, SC, Jadon Youmans, Summerville, SC, Kellyona, Jordaeton, Kelaycea Youmans all of Whitespring, FL; pet, Legend; loving nephew, Richard R. Benton, Jr., Jacksonville, FL; step nieces and nephew, Nishara, Nitorria, and Tia Pickett and James Spann all of Jacksonville, NC; grandparents, Margaret and James Massey, Scotia, SC; Godparents, Anna Duncan, Estill, SC and Marion (Angela) Grant, Allendale, SC; Godsister, Ayanna (Rodney, Jr.) Varner, Estill, SC; Godbrother, Dalvin Sanders, Estill, SC; Aunts and uncles, Syria Gardner, Bluffton, SC, Kenneth Gardner, Augusta, GA, Sophia Horne and Rodaton Belton, both of Jacksonville, FL; great aunts, Lucille Boynton and Evenly Grant, both of Allendale, SC, Louise Warren, Estill, SC, Bertie Cooper and Rosa Bonds, Baltimore, MD, Shirley Gray, Betty Bryant, and Daisy Gardner all of Savannah, GA Joyce Massey, Ethel Youmans, Eliza Youmans all of Jacksonville, FL; great uncles, William and Arthur Gardner both of Estill, SC, Samuel Gardner, Jacksonville, FL, Harry Gadson, Allendale, SC and Charlie Gadson, Spartanburg, SC; best friend and devoted cousin, Jarvis Walls, Luray, SC; a host of other relatives and friends.
Waiting to welcome him to his Heavenly home: grandparents, Margaret and Solomon Youmans; Godsister, Allisa Freeman.