Shoney’s owner, wife start GoFundMe for employee who’s 2-year-old died

by | February 24, 2017 9:17 pm

A local restaurant owner and his wife are reaching out to the public to help an employee who has had a tragic week.
Samantha Vickers lost her 2-year-old son Monday. Javion Williams died from what Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson called a “bacterial infection.”
“We’ve been trying to do what we can to help her,” said Andy Stout, owner of the Shoney’s restaurant where Vickers is an employee. Donna Stout, Andy’s wife, set up a GoFundMe account to help Vickers with funeral expenses as well as other expenses – like medical bills – brought on by Javion’s illness.
Vickers told The Manning Times earlier in the week that Javion had been unable to keep food down, had been complaining of a pain in the back of his head and had a high fever on Sunday. She said he’d had symptoms off-and-on for several days, and that she’d been trying to give him Pedialyte, Pediasure and Gatorade.
She said nothing helped, and she and the boy’s grandmother took Javion to a nearby hospital.
“They told me he had the flu,” she said. “I didn’t think it was the flu. They gave him some Tylenol and sent him home. I asked them, please, not to send my baby home, that he was really sick.”
Monday, the child was no better. In fact, he was much worse, with a fever in excess of 104. Vickers called 911.
“(EMS) wouldn’t let me ride in the ambulance; they told me they would try everything they could to help him,” Vickers said.
When she got to the hospital, she was unable to see her son. A doctor came out minutes later and told her Javion, who was soon to turn 3, had died. An autopsy showed Thursday that the child had a bacterial infection. Jackson did not specify what type of infection.
Stout said that Vickers did not have the funds for funeral expenses. The child’s funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Samuels Funeral Home. At that time, the Stouts will present the funeral home with funds to cover that expense, about $2,300 they’ve raised from the GoFundMe page.
“We’ve had a lot of people donate, and that’s been really great to see,” Stout said. “We want to help her out as much as we can. She’s one of the happiest and fun people I’ve ever been around. She doesn’t have a lot. She lives down the road in the apartment complex, and she walks to work. She’s always in a positive state of mind.”
Vickers said Friday that she was able to see her son at rest before his cremation.
“I was able to say, ‘Goodbye,’ to him, and I’m at peace with that,” she said.
The GoFundMe page for Javion Williams may be found by visiting www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-javion-william.

Sharon J. Hall contributed to this story.

comments » 4

  1. Comment by Co-worker

    February 24, 2017 at 23:38

    As a co-worker of this little boy’s mother, I’m praying hard for her and her family in the days to come.

    Samantha is a loving co-worker, friend and defiantly mother to her babies!! He will be missed!!!!

    We love you girl,
    Your morning shift crew

  2. Comment by a mom

    February 25, 2017 at 06:47

    Really sucks that it sounds like all this could have been prevented.I hope someone investigates the hospital and the dr that it seems he didnt take the time to do blood work and properly diagnose this poor baby. And the ambulance service that didnt allow her to ride because those were precious moments for and her son that she missed out on. I cant imagine what the mother is going through and am praying for you.

  3. Comment by Irish Dupree

    February 25, 2017 at 07:47

    This has truly been a hard week I live in Montgomery al I was only suppose to be here for my son game and Today we have to lay my sweet God Son Javion to rest. He was a very happy full of life child that’s how my sister knew something wasn’t right .my baby was rob of his life and we will never rest until justice is serve although we will much rather have our sweet innocent babyboy back Meclod hospital fail to do there job and we can’t!!!!!!!Continue to keep our family in prayer and thank you to EVERYBODY for all you done love and support

  4. Comment by Bishop J

    February 25, 2017 at 14:43

    Thank you Shoney’s for setting the example that we should all follow.


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