Melissa Kristin Eustice (STATESBORO, Ga.)

STATESBORO, Ga. - Melissa Kristin Eustice was born June 3, 1987 at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. She grew up in North Augusta, S.C. where she attended Holy Trinity Kindergarten and Hammond Hills Elementary School. She played softball, basketball and was active in Jazzercise, gymnastics, and swimming. She loved her trampoline and her Barbie car. She became quite the swimmer and swam for Hammond Hills swim team, ASL and GAS. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. She later moved with her family to Martinez where she attended Stevens Creek Elementary School. She was quite the good student there and later at Riverside Middle School. She attended Lakeside High School and participated in JV basketball, cheerleading and later Varsity Competition Cheer where she competed in two State Championships. She was a swimmer at LHS as well. She was active in youth group and a member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. She was assistant swim team coach at Petersburg Racket Club for four years. She loved her swim kids, bunnies, kitties, and dogs. She was a junior at Georgia Southern University and was scheduled to graduate in Spring of 2009 majoring in Nutrition. She was Executive Council and served as Panhellenic Delegate for Kappa Delta Sorority. Melissa was always a bouncy, smiling girl who loved pink. She loved her dog Molly who traveled with her everywhere. She loved country music and dancing and was absolutely gorgeous. She was a graduate of Social Cotillion and loved dancing and was quite good at it. Melissa just loved life and everyone and everyone loved her. She is survived by her sister, Megan Eustice of Macon, Ga.; her mother and father, Jill and Gil Eustice of Franklin, Tenn.; her grandmother, Mary Glenn Averitt of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; one aunt, Suzanne Mendell of Oriental, N.C.; three uncles, David Eustice of Austin, Texas, Tommy Eustice and Robert Averitt of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; her boyfriend, Zack Bentley; and her shih tzu, Molly. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home in Statesboro, Ga. for her friends at Georgia Southern University. Visitation will also be held Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in Augusta, Ga., followed by a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Visitation will be held Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Williamson and Sons Funeral Home in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home of Statesboro and Williamson and Sons Funeral Home of Soddy Daisy are in charge of the arrangements. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-February 12, 2008