On Nov. 16, 2012, Lakewood High School students lost a dear friend to an auto accident. Ronald Lucas was adored by his friends and family and all that knew him. He was a good old country boy with so much to live for. His death touched the Lakewood community with a profound effect. Each athletic event held some type of dedication to him, if only to encouarge wearing the colors that showed the school’s remembrance of him. He was an outstanding young man that was, and still is, mourned.
On Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 students gathered at Food Lion in Roseboro to assemble a convoy of loud trucks, rebel flags, and cameo to remember his passing. They traveled the mile from Food Lion to Lakewood that morning to show that they will always remember him. There were tears, hugs, and laughter as they remembered Lucas. Students at Lakewood have had a difficult time dealing with his death, but they gather to share good memories. They walked into the school at 8 a.m. together with heavy hearts and fond memories.
A group of about 30 students gathered at his graveside on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a candlelight vigil. They shared stories and laughed and cried, but their support for one another has been unbelievable. The support these teens have shown the Lucas family has been so surreal. They include his parents and brother Steven, who is a senior at Lakewood, in every dedication they have. It is obvious that although it cannot account for their loss, it helps them heal as well.
Although many of the students have begun to construct different paths for their futures as juniors, they all share a common, heartfelt loss. They will always share a bond because of his death that few other teenagers experience. Though they wish he was still here to share their memories, they know he would appreciate their support to one another and their dedications to him.
With his cameo, boots, and love of the outdoors, Lucas loved his friends and always took every opportunity to show them he cared. Students commented that he would have wanted them to remember the good times and to support each other. It is astounding that not a day goes by that someone does not mention him. His memory lives on through his friends at Lakewood.