A community in mourning after deadly fire

Community candlelight service planned for Feb. 15, 2017

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 for Andrea and Jasmine Godard at Lighthouse World Outreach Center. There will be no visitation. The family will be receiving friends at the home of her mother.

The news of the tragic fire in Monroe Sunday morning was greeted with shock, disbelief and then deep sadness as people began learning of the deaths of 2003 Monroe Area High School graduate Andria Floyd Godard, her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine, and Quentin Moses, Andria’s boyfriend.

As the news spread on social media, friends and family members began flooding Andria’s Facebook page with photos and memories of the popular student, homecoming queen and stand out athlete who was known for her “huge heart, kind soul and amazing smile.”

Monroe Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to the fire at 417 Shamrock Drive just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Public Safety Director Keith Glass said the house was fully involved by the time they arrived and, despite the desperate efforts of firefighters, none of the occupants were able to survive the fire.

By Sunday afternoon, the news that Moses, a former UGA and NFL football player, was one of the three victims hit the national news channels and television trucks began lining the streets of the Shamrock Drive neighborhood around the burned ruins of the home. Neighborhood children helped erect a roadside memorial to their young friend and staff from Monroe Elementary School stopped in to check on fellow students of Jasmine who was a fifth-grader at the school. Callen Moore, public information officer for Walton County School District, confirmed that there would be counselors available to help students cope with their grief and expressed condolences for the loss.

“Jasmine was an exceptional student who was loved by her peers and our entire school,” MES Principal Dr. Zeester Swint said in the statement. “She will be sorely missed by our entire school family and community. We extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Godard and Moses families and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Andria had already experienced tragedy in her young life. She was widowed when Jasmine was just a baby. Her husband, Xavior Godard, died in a drowning accident in 2007. She still kept a picture of the three of them with Jasmine as a baby as her Facebook profile. Moses and her husband were reported to be high school friends.

Donna Lynn Peters and other fellow graduates of the MAHS Class of 2003 have set up a memorial fund to help the family of Andria and her daughter with final expenses.

From left, Tiffany Harris and Andria Floyd Goddard, 2002 and 2003 Homecoming at Monroe Area High School. Contributed photo

“MAHS Class of 2003 lost a beautiful soul this weekend, along with her daughter and boyfriend to a house fire. Although we needed her here, God needed an angel more. With that said, I ask that you try to all donate to this fund, every penny helps!!! If you can pledge only $5, that is fine, but if you could pledge $20-$100, that is even better,” Tiffany Harris wrote on her Facebook page. “Many of you knew Andria Godard, Andria Floyd. She was a high school legend on the sports front, as well as in the classroom, student council and homecoming court every year. She was a friend to everyone who knew her. This is a trying time for anyone who ever had the pleasure of spending time with her… may God bless your soul sweet Dria!! May you and Jazz dance those pearly streets with Xavier once again!! I love you sweet friend.”

Class of 2003 has set up a Paypal link to our class bank account. All funds collected will be given to help cover her final expenses and assist her family during this tragic time. Please use this link: PayPal.Me/MAHSClassof2003 or make a check payable to MAHS Class of 2003, which can be given to Athens First Bank. Please share with your friends and know that every bit helps. I’ll update regularly so we can see the progress. Thank you! Rest in peace our beautiful friend.
There will be a Community Candlelight Service for Andrea “Andria” Floyd Godard, Jasmine Godard, and Quinten Moses on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 7:00 at New Beginning Bible Church, 836 E. Spring St., Monroe GA 30655, Pastor Nathan Durham. You are asked to wear red.
We are asking family and friends of Andria and Jasmine to wear red shirts…..Thanking everyone in advance and are asking EVERYONE to please get the word out so that we can stand as ONE as a community. May God continue to bless each and everyone of you and are asking for continuing prayers for peace, understanding and strength for each of these families
Ontarious Pitts, Racy Beard, Janice Floyd

Reinhard University where Moses was a defensive line coach is planning a celebration of life service on the campus of the university at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A tribute wall has been established on the University website with information about his career and details of the celebration of life service.

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