Skyla McGlown Obituary: 19-Year-Old Purvis high school graduate died in accident

The tight-knit community of Purvis, Mississippi, is grappling with a profound sense of loss following a tragic car accident on the morning of August 30, 2023, that claimed the life of a promising young individual. Pearl River Valley Coroner Derek Turnage confirmed the heartbreaking news that 19-year-old Skyla McGlown had lost her life in a single-car accident.

The accident occurred around 6 a.m. on U.S. Hwy 11, between Lumberton and Poplarville, as Skyla’s car overturned while negotiating a curve. Tragically, she succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

Shelby Smith stated her feelings on Facebook:

I’m beyond speechless. I never knew her personally, as in we were not close, but I will never forget that gorgeous smile of hers. I remember finding out she moved from Salem and wished that she could’ve stayed there till I left. I know US-11 well being as I made MANY of trips up and down that highway and know that it is dangerous, especially at night. Skyla Mcglown was someone who I never saw sad. She made me realize a lot of things including to live my life to its fullest and always look up at the bright, positive. At least, that’s what I remember thinking every time I saw her smiling. From this day on, no matter what, I will live MY LIFE to its fullest and always stay positive like Skyla. Yeah I know I may hit some bumps in the road, but it’s ok! That can happen! You will be missed by so many and the memories of you will last a lifetime

– Wrote by Shelby Smith

Skyla McGlown had recently graduated from Purvis High School in 2023 and had just embarked on a new chapter of her life by enrolling at Pearl River Community College (PRCC). Her bright future was tragically cut short, leaving her community and loved ones in shock and mourning.

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Online tributes and expressions of condolences swiftly poured in from the Purvis and PRCC communities as news of Skyla’s passing spread. One tribute captured the sentiment of many: “To know her was to love her.” Another highlighted her infectious smile and her ability to brighten anyone’s day.

The Lamar County School District, where Skyla had spent her high school years, also expressed their heartbreak over her untimely passing. Superintendent Steven Hampton, Ph.D., conveyed the district’s condolences and described Skyla as a dedicated student who had touched the lives of many during her time at Purvis High School.

Details regarding Skyla McGlown’s funeral arrangements have not yet been disclosed, and her family has requested privacy as they navigate through this difficult period of grief.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are currently under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Skyla’s tragic passing serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing each moment. Her community will undoubtedly remember her as a bright and compassionate young soul whose presence brought warmth and kindness to those around her.

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