Sunshine Nicole Williams, Kaylee and Malakia | Kaylee and Malakia | Source: Facebook.com/teresa.lane.7
Just a few days before her birthday, a young mother took a side job delivering food on the weekends to generate additional income for her family. One day, while traveling for work, she encountered a heartbreaking tragedy that left her loved ones devastated. Would their lives of hers ever be the same again?
Sunshine Nicole Williams was a caring daughter, a caring sister, a loving wife, and a devoted mother. She lived with her husband, Drake Williams, in Lexington, North Carolina. Sunshine and Drake’s paths crossed in high school and they instantly fell in love.
The duo were high school sweethearts and had been inseparable since high school. Sunshine was loved and cherished by her family and friends. According to her mother, Teresa Lane, she had a cheerful and warm personality and had hundreds of peers.
a ray of sunshine
After marrying the love of her life, Sunshine started her beautiful family and welcomed two children, Kaylee and Malakia.
Lane said her daughter was just like her beautiful name and lit up any room she walked into. She added:
“She was an amazing mom, friend, mother and daughter, she loved everyone. She was a sun.”
a working mother
Sunshine was a full-time mom, and according to her family, she had recently taken on a job delivering food with her brother on the weekends to earn extra money for her family. Lane said it was a normal day when her daughter left the house along with her disabled brother, John, 27.
Even more heartbreaking, the young Lexington woman was set to celebrate her 22nd birthday on September 23.
A sad day
The brother-sister duo took off on the afternoon of Saturday, September 17, 2022 with Sunshine in the driver’s seat of their 2006 Toyota Scion. Lane shared that Sunshine and John had finished one Door Dash delivery and were headed to the next one when the unthinkable.
According to High Point Police, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driving north on US 29 ran off the road and overcorrected, crashing into Sunshine’s car traveling south.
The hardest goodbye
Cops identified the truck driver as 26-year-old Joshua Anderson, who initially said he swerved while trying to avoid what he believed was a tire tread or a plastic bag in the road. Later, he admitted that he might have looked at his phone for a second, but couldn’t remember.
The impact of the accident was so deadly that it instantly claimed the life of 21-year-old Sunshine. Her brother, John, who was in the passenger seat, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and she was said to have miraculously survived.
John and Anderson were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. When Sunshine’s family heard the news of her tragic passing, they completely denied it. Her mother, Lane, recalled:
“I didn’t think it was real, I just thought it wasn’t my baby.”
Broken beyond repair
The heartbroken mother noted that it was an incredibly difficult time for her family. Lane said that her sweet daughter was still nursing and she left behind a grieving husband and two babies. She expressed:
“I will never hug my girl again and tell her how much I love her she was the best person to everyone and the most amazing mother and wife. I can’t even breathe right now, I’m totally broken (sic).”
a true blessing
Sunshine’s mom has created a crowdfunding page to cover her beloved daughter’s funeral and memorial expenses. As of September 21, more than $7,000 of the $10,000 goal has been raised and more donations continue to pour in.
even more heartbreaking, the young Lexington woman was scheduled to celebrate her 22nd birthday on September 23. Several loved ones fondly remembered Sunshine as a blessing and wrote touching notes. Hailey Mize wrote:
“Sweet Sunshine Nichole Williams, you were taken too soon. I have seen you become such a beautiful mother and wife. Your friendship was truly a blessing. Heaven gained an angel.”
Another loved one, Candra Lee May, wished Sunshine a very happy birthday in a heartwarming post:
“Happy almost birthday sweet angel. You were an amazing daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother. My heart breaks for his family, especially those babies…we love them forever.”
Supporting the Family
In addition, May has also created a separate GoFundMe account to provide financial assistance to Sunshine’s husband of six years and help him take care of the children. As of September 21, $1,300 of the $20,000 goal has been raised. May wrote:
“A group of Sunshine’s longtime friends are starting this fundraiser to provide financial help to her new widower. as he learns to care for these two young children while also grieving the loss of his wife.”
remembering his daughter
Sunshine’s loved ones are planning to set up a monument in her loving memory near the crash site. According to the High Point Police Department, The case remains under investigation.
A devastated Lane took to Facebook, saying she knew her daughter was in heaven but was still struggling to come to terms with her loss. The distraught mother said that Sunshine was her go-to person, the one she could talk to about anything.
a heartbroken mother
Lane mentioned that she would miss the videos her lovely daughter sent her on a daily basis and how they were put together by random things. She also added:
“[Baby] We’ll all meet again when it’s our time. [I] will love [your] babies and make sure they will always remember you and how much you loved them. [God] this hurts a lot”.
In loving memory of his wife
According to Sunshine’s husband, Drake, a funeral will be held for her on Thursday, September 22. He announced the news in a Facebook post:
“I ask that clothing be respectable and formal, in dark or bright colors. I know she wouldn’t want a room full of darkness when she is literally the embodiment of light. Thank you all for everything”.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sunshine’s family as they navigate life through this difficult time. May the soul of the young mother rest in eternal peace. We are sure that she would always watch over her babies from heaven.