ELIZABETHTON — Like many kids his age, 4-year-old Joshua Holston had an adventurous spirit. He loved fishing, hunting for crickets, playing with his sister and going to work with his dad.
“He always wanted to go to work with me, and I got a little building outside that he helped me put the roof on it. I carried him up the ladder with me and sat him up there with me and he handed me the shingles. He always was playing. He liked to color. He loved going to his Nana’s. He loved a lot of stuff,” said Joshua’s father, Christopher Davis, following a memorial service held Monday night in memory of his son.
Joshua was killed Thursday when a dump truck hit him at the intersection of Broad Street and Lynn Avenue, as he, another juvenile and his mother, Tiffani Holston, attempted to cross the road.
An array of stuffed animals was placed at the corner of the busy intersection as friends, family and members of the community said prayers, lit candles, sang hymns and remembered a little boy who loved the people around him.
Davis said his son would’ve loved to spend time with everyone who came to support his family.
“He’d loved it. He’d be over there trying to get the stuffed animals most likely and aggravating people, trying to talk to people. He was something else. He was a great kid. I couldn’t ask for nothing else,” he said.
Although he was only 4 years old, Joshua touched a lot of lives.
Davis said Joshua’s little sister, Kylie — who is just a year younger than her brother — misses him every single day.
“We just tell her that he’s with her in her heart, and I told her if she ever wants to talk to him, just sit down and talk to him,” he said.
Support from family, friends and the community has helped Davis and his family get through such a trying time in their lives.
They weren’t expecting to see so many turn out to honor the memory of their son.
“I feel the love and it helps a lot. It really does,” Davis said. “I got here and seen that many people here, it really got to me. It felt good and Josh would’ve loved it.”
Other family members felt the same way.
Bobbie Jo Adams, Joshua’s cousin, said he would’ve been tickled to see everyone leave him teddy bears and pennies.
“It’s very nice that everybody’s come out here and showing their love and support and concerns for the mother and family. He was a blessed little boy,” she said.
Since last week’s accident, the community has left a number of stuffed animals at the intersection where Joshua was hit.
The family has collected all of the animals and will incorporate them into a memorial that is being built at their home.
Joshua’s mother, Tiffani, thanked everyone for their prayers, gifts and kind words of encouragement.
“I just thank everybody for coming out here and everybody that’s left something for my son that’s been there for me and all the donations everybody’s made and everything else,” she said.