Kelsey Fuqua actually did not know Colson other than
when they were in the church nursery as toddlers.
However, the events surrounding the tornado and
Colson’s funeral had a great affect on her, which is
made obvious as you listen to her song, “Life Goes
When they were about three years old, we moved to
Florida. After almost a year there, we came back to
Texas and bought a house in Plano instead of
McKinney. We attended Frisco Bible Church and then
Van Alstyne Bible Church when we eventually moved to
that area. About a year after the tornado, I started
to visit Kelsey’s church. One Sunday, her father,
David told me that Kelsey had written a song for
A few minutes later Kelsey had me listening to her
MP-3 player. That is a moment I will never forget.
Her voice and her words stirred my soul in a way
that cannot be expressed. Surely it had an effect on
your heart when you heard it – so you can probably
imagine what it did to me as Colson’s father.
Shortly after that, Kelsey made me a CD so I was
able to share it with our family and some of
Colson’s friends. Everyone who has had the privilege
to hear it has been moved to tears.
I asked Kelsey if I could use it for this website,
and she was very pleased to allow us to use it. She
did tell me that she wanted to re-record it with new
words for the third verse. She had experienced some
spiritual growth that caused her to change some of
the words. Kelsey had plans to go into the studio,
again with her brother’s help recording and editing.
The last time I talked with Kelsey, she was asking
me about my progress with finishing this website.
On the evening of October the 2nd, 2007, Kelsey was
driving home from Celina High School when she
somehow went off the road in a fairly remote area
near her home and hit a tree while driving her
car. After being taken to the hospital in critical
condition, she was ushered to be with her Lord and
Savior early the next morning.
Kelsey told me that she wanted her music to have an
influence on others for Christ. She certainly did
that – and much more. Her influence on the lives of
so many in her school and community has been
amazing. The Sunday afternoon funeral at the large
first Baptist Church in Celina was a partial
testimony to that. The sanctuary was packed as
hundreds stood in the aisles and hallways. It was
apparent that this young lady had influenced many
people. While many were there out of respect, many
were there because of her direct effect on their
If any one person came to a point of trusting Jesus
as their savior because of Kelsey’s witness – she
would surely be thrilled.
Our family’s appreciation for Kelsey and her family
cannot be adequately expressed. We know that Kelsey
and Colson will someday welcome us to Heaven. When
the time comes for me to crossover, my greatest
thrill after seeing my Savior Jesus Christ, will be
seeing loved ones like Colson and Kelsey – and life
will go on. That’s why Jesus did what He did on the
cross two thousand years ago.
Preston, David, Carol, and Kelsey
Mitchell and Preston for your assistance."