Fourth and final of Singleton children to cross LCHS stage
The years are 1995, 2014, 2017, and 20192. Mother Twila Adams (’95) and her children Radashia (’14). Malayshia (’17), Ahmad (’19) and Jamacia Singleton (’19) are all in the family and on Saturday will all be graduates of Lee Central High School (LCHS). Adams will see the last two of her four children graduate from her alma mater, LCHS, on June 8, and she’s excited.
“(I’m) glad to see this day,” says Adams. “I’m very proud of all of my kids but those two have been there and they’ve been through a lot.”
First, as a single parent, Adams struggled daily to care for them. She says she had help though.
“By the help of the Lord and my mother and father, we were able to make it,” says Adams.
She raised her family on what is referred to as “Back Street” in Bishopville and by her freshman year in high school, Jamacia said she began “wilding out”.
“I was playing around and like going (out) with my friends,” says Jamacia. “By my 10th grade year, I got back on a serious track and was more focused on my work.”
Her junior year in high school was a “Major” milestone with the birth of her son, Major Simon, and her nephew Xayvon from her brother Ahmad. She and her brother were now single parents as their mother had been and they wanted to ensure they came through it just as she had – honorably.
“It was getting kind of serious,” says Jamacia. “(I felt) I should get back on the track I’m supposed to be on.”
“She was only 16 but she kept her grades at mostly all A’s with a few B’s,” says Adams. “I had no behavior problems with her.”
Of Ahmad, she says, “He had to do the remainder of his schooling at home but he’ll get his diploma.”
Adams said she was proud of them throughout and supported them regardless.
“(I) taught them when they were young to let me know when things are going on with them,” says Adams. They did that, she says.
If the two hadn’t encountered enough, they recently had a close relative to commit suicide and it has forever altered their lives, says Adams. Jamacia and her son had been riding with the cousin prior to him taking his life.
“That’s why I think it hurt me the most,” says Jamacia. “He kept saying, ‘I can’t take this no more’ and he was crying a lot when we were riding.”
Though weary in heart by the incident, Jamacia says she didn’t want to give up on her dream. The legacy of overcoming didn’t just begin with Adams’ immediate family. Her father, Jerry Adams is former superintendent of the city of Bishopville. She’s seen him defeat throat, bladder and lung cancer, all while remaining actively involved in their lives.
Upon graduating, Jamacia will attend university. She completed the Family Consumer Science Program at Lee County Career and Technology Center and is awarded the SAFE Federal Credit Union Scholarship.
Ahmad will enter the workforce once he graduates.
The two are among the 146 students expected to graduate from LCHS on June 8.The ceremony will be held at Lee Central Middle School at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Pictured: Jamacia Singleton and son Major Simon stop by the park before Class Night activities.