Calling hours for Lacey Alexis Head will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Henderson & Sons Funeral Homes, South Chapel. Funeral services will be held there on Tuesday, May 14, beginning at 2 p.m. An expanded obituary will be shared on Saturday or Sunday.
Family and friends are posting tributes today to Lacey Alexis Head of Silver Creek who died Tuesday night in a hiking accident at Noccalulula Falls near Gadsden, according to the Etowah County (Ala.) coroner. Local classmates, fellow hikers and others are remembering the 2018 graduate of Pepperell High who had just finished her first year of studies at Georgia Highlands College. We’ll post updates on services as they become available. An online account has been set up to help her family pay for funeral expenses.
From Jamey Alcorn, Pepperell High principal:
“Even though she was a recent graduate, we followed our standard protocol in the event we had upset students at school today. Our social worker came by first thing this morning and counselors were available if needed. I got a call about this last night around 10:30. Such a tragic event. She was such a great person with a wonderful personality.”
From WIAT in Birmingham:
Reports state that a teenager died Tuesday night after falling into the waters of Black Creek in the gorge beneath Noccalulula Falls. According to the Etowah County Coroner, the victim has been identified as an 18-year-old Lacey Alexis Head of Silver Creek.
The Gadsden Times reports that Alexis died Tuesday evening while hiking with a group at Noccalula Falls. Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll says she fell off rocks below the waterfall and went into a creek that runs through a gorge.
It is stated that Alexis slipped on a rock in the middle of the creek and fell into the rushing waters. In a report from AL.com, the incident happened a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile from the falls. Police arrived, recovered Alexis, and began CPR but were unable to revive the woman.
Reports state that it took over an hour to remove the victim from the gorge.
From al.com; click for full story:
A Rome teen died after she fell into the waters of Black Creek in the gorge beneath Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls Tuesday night.
Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll said dispatchers were called at 6:46 p.m. to Noccalula Falls Park. A group of hikers from Rome, Ga. had apparently been roaming in the gorge at the park, he said, skipping from one rock to another along the creek.
Carroll said a 19-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, slipped on a rock in the middle of the creek and fell into the rushing waters.