There is no grief like a mother’s grief, though Thursday the entire small city of York seemed broken after hearing that 14-year-old Stevie Brandon Davis had died five days after an asthma attack left him in a hospital with no hope to recover.
Jerry Kemp, a football coach from York Comprehensive High School, showed up at the house with a No. 80 jersey and a silver football helmet.
“He always tried his best,” Kemp said. “The effort ... . He never quit.”
Kemp, a tough guy, a coach, he hugged Stevie’s mother, and all that talk about teams being families, in this case, really was true.
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Family and friends said Stevie sure did try his best. Little Stevie, some called him. Brandon, some called him. Bee, others dubbed him.
A kid who was born 11 weeks early almost 15 years ago and was called “a miracle” when he lived. He weighed just over 2 pounds at birth. He had asthma all his life, but he did not yield. Little Stevie strangled the best out of life every day, until the asthma won.
He would have been 15 years old in August.
The head football coach for York, Bobby Carroll, and his wife, Sherry, started making calls and in an hour had raised $1,000 for the funeral expenses and bills that are huge. The coach and his wife set up the account at the South State Bank after Stevie spent five days in intensive care at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte as the family prayed for a miracle that just would not come.
Cotton Top Originals, a York online business, started making T-shirts to sell that will benefit the family. The idea came from Stevie’s friends, teens, kids, who wanted to help. Stevie’s favorite saying, “2000 til infinity,” a nod to his birth year of 2000, will be sold for $18, with $10 from each sale going to the family.
Infinity never came. There will be no touchdowns, or finish lines, or video games that might have changed the world.
“He was an awesome brother – a great kid with a huge heart,” said an older brother, Darrian Thomas, 18. “He was so good with videos, the games, the editing. He was just – awesome.”
Stevie’s stepbrothers, his stepfather and so many cousins and friends all talked Thursday outside the family’s home about this kid who created videos of himself and others, a skateboard champ who rode so much and so fast and jumped so high that he seemed to fly.
The guys would go anywhere they could and skateboard, leap and fly and jump. Only disease could bring Little Stevie down.
He played football for York and ran track. But he had dreams. His brain was his track. His future, with his creativity, the end zone.
Stevie was a computer and video kid who could edit and make videos that were like “mini-movies,” his brother said. He had a website and dreams of some day being one of those hip and cool computer guys who changed the world.
It ended in a hospital because of the asthma.
But Stevie Brandon Davis did not leave this earth totally Wednesday night. Parts of him are saving others.
Somehow and somewhere, Stevie’s mother, Chrissy Thomas, who rode into the operating room on the gurney with her son, wiping away the tears of her grief, found the courage to donate Stevie’s organs to other people.
The liver helped somebody. The kidneys another. The pancreas still another. And some person, somewhere, Thursday was alive because of Stevie’s beating heart.
Chrissy Thomas carried her son’s football jersey and helmet and said: “I wanted his beautiful heart to keep beating in someone else.”
Andrew Dys • 803-329-4065
Want to help?
Donations can be made to the Stevie Brandon Davis fund at any South State Bank location or mailed to South State Bank in York, P.O. Box 768, York, SC 29745. To order T-shirts visit Cotton Top Originals on Facebook.