UPDATE: Funeral services set for Vernon ISD student

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UPDATE: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:10 p.m.

Funeral services are set for Vernon ISD student J.J Boatman.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, February 8 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Vernon.

Visitation for family and friends is set to take place on Saturday, February 6, and Sunday, February 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:25 p.m.

A GoFundMe page has been created for the family of the Vernon ISD student who passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to the GoFundMe page created by family and friends, nine-year-old J.J. Boatman passed away after being on a ventilator in Fort Worth.

The donation page said Boatman was playing one day and later that night he was having a difficult time breathing before being flown to Fort Worth and placed on a ventilator.

“J.J. Boatman was born to Priscilla and Jason Boatman of Vernon, Texas. He was always happy and full of life, he had two older sisters Sabrina and Electra.   He was running around playing one day and by that night he was having difficulty breathing. He got flown to Ft. Worth where he was placed on a ventilator and the doctor said his lungs were filled with liquid and his brain had swollen from lack of oxygen. He was very strong and hung on for more than 12 hours, but at the end Covid-19 claimed another young victim. He had just turned 9 years old earlier this month.  Any donations will help immensely.  Thank You.”

Gloria Ayala, organized GoFundMe page


WILBARGER COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with the Vernon Independent School District Tuesday announced a student at Central Elementary who was positive for COVID-19 passed away.

Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd said in a Facebook post that Central Elementary will close effective immediately.

Parents of Central Elementary students have been told to pick their students up or call the school to make arrangements if they have not already done so.

Byrd said staff will remain on campus until every student has been picked up.

According to Byrd, the student was last on the Central Elementary campus on Friday, January 22.

Byrd said according to Vernon ISD’s medical advisor, all staff and students should quarantine until Monday, February 1.

Classes will resume February 1, at which time counselors, a crisis team, and community pastors will be available.

Please find Byrd’s full statement posted to Vernon ISD’s official Facebook below:

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