The Bartow County School System joined friends and family in mourning the loss of a “special” and “dedicated” Adairsville High School senior who died in a car wreck recently.

Jordan Towns, 17, of Adairsville, was killed in the wreck Oct. 17 about 9:30 p.m. on Hall Station Road in Bartow County, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

The GSP reported preliminary information showed Towns was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Hall Station Road when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck a Nissan Rogue head-on.

Samuel Davis, 72, who reportedly was a longtime Floyd County resident before moving to Dalton, was a passenger in the Nissan Rogue and also died in the wreck. His wife, Mary, was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital.

The GSP’s Cartersville post was handling the investigation which was not complete last week, a spokesperson said.

Towns attended the Bartow County College and Career Academy. He was a member of the public safety tactical team and received numerous awards during SkillsUSA competitions, the obituary stated.

The school system said in a posting on its Facebook page Friday, Oct. 18, that the school’s guidance office “met many children today affected by this tragedy, and a class meeting helped many people process the news.”

“Special, respectable, likable, dedicated, focused, and all-American; those are just a few of the words people lovingly use to describe Jordan Towns, an Adairsville High School senior who passed away Thursday night after a vehicle accident.

“Jordan’s passion for public safety led to many accolades at the Bartow County College and Career Academy. As a key member of an award-winning tactical team, Jordan competed in several SkillsUSA competitions.”

Instructor Don Moody noted Towns’ hard work on the team.

‘He never missed a practice, even on a Saturday,” Moody said. “This is a big loss to me personally but also to the Academy as he was well-loved by all teachers.”’

Adairsville High Principal Bruce Mulkey said, “It was common for him to say ‘love you’ to his favorite teachers when he left for the day. It’s just who he was. He was liked by everyone.”

Funeral services were Oct. 22 at NorthPointe Church in Adairsville, according to an obituary on the R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home website.

Towns, a Bartow County native, was the son of Porter Slama and Tina Towns-Slama.

Survivors include his parents; brothers, Triston and Daylon Slama; and grandparents, James and Teresa Hopper, Richard Slama, and Judith Wingate.

He was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

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