By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 1, 2019
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Friday, the Thomasville community wore red and black in honor of Harrison Hooks, who was a huge UGA fan.
The 8-year-old boy was killed in a tragic RTV accident earlier this week. Now, people in Thomasville and beyond are rallying around the Hooks family.
Harrison's favorite football team, the Georgia Bulldogs, are also showing their support.
It first started when the father, Bill Hooks, made this post to to a Georgia football message board:
“My son Harrison Hooks was the 8 y/o who died in the ATV accident. His favorite things in life were Jesus Christ, Family, and UGA football!" Bill Hooks posted. "He was a wonderful child who wanted everyone he met to have a relationship with Jesus so they could all go to heaven with him. He is in heaven now and for that we praise God! He also loved UGA football and was excited about our new recruiting class and our chances for the 2019 season. He could tell you the starting lineup for both sides of the ball. Our family has two requests, This Friday February 1st please wear Red and Black to honor Harrison. Post pictures on your social media so that we can turn the world Red and Black for Harrison. Our second request is that you honor Harrison’s wish that everyone would go to heaven with him by asking Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Thank you for all of the love and support!”
"Harrison loved Jesus and he loved Georgia football and he wanted everybody else to go to heaven with him because he loved everyone he ever met," said Hooks.
Their Bulldogs were quick to honor him by posting multiple videos. Players like Nick Chubb and Jake Fromm posted to Twitter encouraging everyone to where red and black on Friday in honor of Harrison.
The hashtag, #HunkerDownforHarrison, also started trending on social media with thousands of posts with pictures of people wearing red and black.
Friday, the Hooks family received a special delivery from Head Coach Kirby Smart and the athletic director. The personal letters expressed their sadness, and showed their support to Harrison's family.
"I hope one day I can personally thank Coach Smart because he's done something for us that we never could've done and that's to really go big and honor our son," said Hooks.