The Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog soccer team is heartbroken today after freshman forward Taylor Gagneaux of Jackson died from injuries sustained in a car wreck near Winona last night.
Gagneaux, 19, who played high school soccer at Central Hinds Academy, was a major factor in the Lady Bulldogs' success last season which saw the team win the North Division championship and finish as the MACJC/ Region XXIII runner-up. She scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs including four goals and three assists.
"Taylor was a great young lady," Holmes Associate Head Coach Wesley Noble said. "She was always upbeat and could bring a smile to anyone's face. It's absolutely devastating that this happened to such a young and sweet soul. She was and always will be a part of us, our Holmes family."
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Monday, May 7 and again from 10-11 a.m. funeral on Tuesday, May 8, all at Lakeshore Methodist Church in Byram. Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Garden in Clinton.
Gagneaux, the daughter of Bobby and Amy Dickerson, was a lifelong resident of Jackson. She is a graduate of Central Hinds Academy and was continuing her education at Holmes Community College on a soccer scholarship. Taylor was an incredible athlete and loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. She was a free spirit, hippie flower child who loved sunflowers and sunsets.
Gagneaux is preceded in death by her grandparents, Billy and Bobbie Dickerson and great grandparents, Harold Tisdale, Pat & Blair Bernard. Survivors include her parents Amy and Bobby Joe Dickerson; brother Aaron (Rachel) Dickerson of Jackson; sister Crystal Gagneaux of Byram; Grandparents, Teresa "Nana" Gardner of Jackson, Connie and Lew Gagneaux of Clinton and Raul Sierra of Madison; great grandmother Claudia Tisdale of Jackson; uncles, Josh Gagneaux of Clinton and Dee (Jennifer) Colson of Brandon; aunt, Lauren (Ro) Sierra of Ridgeland; great aunt, Carol Faye Tisdale of Jackson; nieces, Cayden and Blaze and cousins Noah, Steven, Carter, Drew, GiGi, Eli and Luke.