DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On February 5th, 2013 Chris and Sophia Jones had their lives changed forever. Their son, Savoy, was at basketball practice when he collapsed and later passed away at the hospital.

Savoy was just fifteen years old.

Nine years have passed, and that day is still as vivid as it was then.

“It is like a hole in your heart and that never goes away. It was big but slowly but surely is healing, but it is still a hole of emptiness there,” said Savoy’s mother, Sophia Jones.

Savoy’s father Chris, along with Sophia have since turned the love they have for their son into a way to spread a message that can resemble with anyone.

In 2014, the Jones along with William Stickler started the Chris Savoy Jones Commemorative Scholarship. That scholarship is then given to a family to pay for an entire school year at Emmanuel Christian School.

On top of that, from 2014 through 2019, the family has also held the Savoy Jones Golf Tournament and Benefit to help raise money for that scholarship.

This year a portion of the funds will also be donated to Jeep Sullivan’s Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures.

After a short two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the benefit and tournament are back.

“The goal of the tournament is to pretty much let them know is that we are not promised tomorrow. So tell your family, your parents or kids that you love them,” Chris Jones said on Wake Up Wiregrass.

On April 28th, the reception and live auction will take place at Alexander’s at 179 Honeysuckle road.

It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will last through 9:30 that night.

The next morning at the RTJ Highland Oaks Golf Course, the benefit tournament will take place.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the tee times starting an hour later.

To register a team or see how to donate to the fund as well, visit