On Sunday, July 20, Jackson lost community fixture Derrick Terrell Trimble, who ran for the Ward 4 Jackson City Council seat in the May 2013 election. Trimble died after a long illness.
"Derrick Trimble was an awesome young brother dedicated to his city, his community, his family and his students," Chowke Antar Lumumba, the son of late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, said in a statement on Facebook. "He served with my father's administration well, and he was always there to encourage me. ... We are praying for you and with you, and while we cannot understand why our brother has gone in the physical sense, we will celebrate and honor his legacy of selflessness with every breath we take. Exhibiting the same passion, dedication, and commitment to Jackson that he exhibited in his lifetime."
Trimble, 32, graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor's degree in social science education and a master's in social science. He was a social studies teacher at Lanier High School and a coach for the "Mighty Bulldogs" youth baseball team. He also mentored youth in the community and tutored in his spare time. He previously served on the administration of late Mayor Chowke Lumumba.
Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps posted a photo bearing the caption, "Ward 4 mourns the loss of a great man today. Derrick Trimble will be missed & loved by many. Please keep his family in your prayers."
C. J. Lawrence, who served as the City's director of marketing during the Lumumba administration, said, "We will honor the legacy of Derrick Terrell Trimble through our service to the community and the way we show our love for Jackson and the People of Jackson. He never hesitated to help when he could ... And I think we honor his memory by being committed to selflessness in that same way."
A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the date that Derrick Trimble passed away as July 25. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.