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Memorial fund begun for Priceville teen

By Seth Burkett · 340-2355

PRICEVILLE — A fund has been set up for donations in memory of Priceville High School football player Gregory Roman Jr.

The 14-year-old, who wore the No. 86 jersey, died after a car crash on Joe Lemmond Road near Somerville Saturday afternoon.

Lynn Melcher said deposits to the Gregory Roman Jr. Memorial Fund can be made at any Family Security Credit Union branch. Priceville High and Priceville Elementary schools also will accept donations for the fund, she said.

Melcher said the fund will help pay funeral expenses.

“It’s to help the family in any way we can as a community,” Melcher said. “He was an athlete and a very great all-around young man.”

Melcher said her daughter, Kala Melcher, 14, was Gregory’s girlfriend and shared five classes with him.

“We had ordered corsages and a boutonniere for him and her, and they were supposed to go to homecoming together Friday night,” Melcher said.

“He was a good young man,” Melcher said. “My daughter really thought highly of him. ... I really liked him for her.”

Melcher said she wept with Kala all weekend after learning of Gregory’s death.

“His little thing was playing with her hair in class,” Melcher said. “She told me today that it just wasn’t the same without him.”

State troopers said Gregory was a passenger in a car driven by Justin West, 16, of Somer-ville.

Decatur General Hospital treated and released Justin. A MedFlight helicopter took Gregory to Huntsville Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Gregory’s stepfather, James McCullough of Somerville, said the family spent Monday making plans for Gregory’s burial.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home on Tuesday. Gregory’s funeral will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

His mother, Leslie McCullough, asked that donations to the memorial fund be made in lieu of flowers.

In addition to his mother and stepfather, Gregory is survived by his father, Gregory Roman Sr. of Danville; an older sister, Lindsay Roman; and a younger sister, Emily McCullough.

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