LIMA — Jones-Clark Funeral Home Inc. wants to make sure Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi’s lives are not forgotten.
The funeral home’s owners Coleman and Sylvia Clark Jr. came up with the idea of having a memorial registry book at the funeral home for the community to sign. As of Friday afternoon, there were 50 signatures.
The book will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 to 5 in the chapel for anyone to sign. The funeral home is at 1302 Oakland Parkway in Lima. The book is being done in physical format only; is not available on the funeral home’s website.
“This gives the community an opportunity to pay their respects to the Bryant family. So many people have the desire and want to show their respects and didn’t have an avenue to do it,” said Albert G. Peterson, Jones-Clark Funeral Home Inc. employee.
There also is a memorial in honor of Kobe and his daughter GiGi that is located in the funeral home’s chapel. The memorial has three framed photos, two of Kobe wearing his Lakers jersey and a suit and the other is of him holding GiGi on his shoulders. A memorial DVD is displayed that plays photos of Kobe and GiGi with accompanying music.
A flower arrangement consisting of yellow, purple and white flowers is also part of the display. The flower arrangement was donated by Brown’s Florist, Lima.
The memorial book will be sent to the funeral home handling the Bryant arrangements and will be presented to the Bryant family. Jones-Clark Funeral Home has no association with the Bryant funeral arrangements.
“I feel Kobe was a role model and mentor to a lot of people locally, nationally and internationally and I feel we need to give him accolades that he is respectfully due,” Peterson said. He said GiGi was a young lady who had a promising future, an inspiring life that was cut short.
He encouraged the community to not consider the deaths as an ending but look forward to the future and the promise.
Margaret Boyd, of Lima, signed the book Friday along with other Lima residents.
Boyd has a 52-year-old son, Terrence, who has two daughters and Kobe had four daughters. She had watched Kobe play basketball since he was a teenager.
“Kobe was a girl’s dad, like my son. It made me think about my son, and he has always been a girl’s dad,” Boyd said. She said Kobe was a great role model for his family and was there for his daughters.
She said the world needs to come together to celebrate the Bryant lives lost.
“We want the Bryant family to know we are grieving with them,” Boyd said.
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