Funeral Services for Cara McCollum, News Anchor and Former Miss NJ Killed in Crash

"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Please accept our sincerest thanks for your heartfelt prayers. We all will miss her now that she’s gone."

Another memorial service will be held for Cara at Ocean City Tabernacle on 550 Wesley Avenue in Ocean City, New Jersey at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.


Loved ones gathered over the weekend to remember Cara McCollum, the South Jersey news anchor and former Miss New Jersey who died tragically after a car crash.

McCollum was 24 and a native of Arkansas. Her funeral services are being held in her hometown

 
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For those of you who have expressed an interest in attending the funeral for Cara McCollum, the services are as...

Posted by Prayers for Cara on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Visitation was held Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McCollum family's home at 926 N. Forrest St. in Forrest City, Ark. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 101 S. Izard St., also in Forrest City, according to a post on the Prayers for Cara Facebook page.

McCollum's relatives said rooms for out-of-town friends who will be attending the services are available at the local Holiday Inn Express, which can be contacted at 870-633-3700. They recommended flying into Memphis' airport, which is about an hour drive from Forrest City.

McCollum died Monday of injuries she suffered in a one-car crash on a South Jersey highway the night of Feb. 15.

 
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Thank you all for this tremendous outpouring of love and support for our Cara. We can’t begin to tell you how much your...

Posted by Prayers for Cara on Monday, February 22, 2016

She was the girlfriend of NBC10 anchor Keith Jones for nearly two years.

He thanked everyone for "this tremendous outpouring of love and support for my sweet, beautiful everything, Cara," in a Facebook post Monday morning.

"Sadly, Cara passed away this morning," wrote Keith. "We were with her in the operating room, and she died peacefully at 4:31am. Before she died, Cara made the selfless decision to donate her organs. At this very moment, she is saving lives."

 
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Posted by Keith Jones on Monday, February 22, 2016

McCollum, who was an anchor for SNJ Today after attending Princeton University, was traveling north on Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 when police say her car spun off the road and struck a tree head-on near milemarker 38.4.

Her car spun and struck two more trees before stopping at the bottom of an embankment, according to police. McCollum was the only person in the car at the time. Authorities said that it appeared that wet roads may have played a role.

McCollum, who was crowned Miss New Jersey in 2013, was taken to a South Jersey hospital in critical condition.

The Miss America Organization was "deeply saddened to learn of Cara's passing," said organization COO Josh Randle. "She was an extraordinary young woman, and we extend our deepest condolences and continued prayers to her family and friends."

McCollum was known for her volunteer work, and started her own organization, the Birthday Book Project, as a high-school student in Arkansas in 2008. The project gives books to children and has donated more than 25,000 in Arkansas and New Jersey since its creation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sally Johnston, executive director of the Miss New Jersey Pageant, told the Inquirer last week that McCollum was "an angel."

"She's just quite an extraordinary young girl," Johnston told the newspaper.

"She looks for the bright side in everything ... and that giving, loving spirit is what makes her such a joy to be around," Johnston said.

McCollum joined Millville-based SNJ Today to anchor its first-ever news broadcasts in July. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a certificate in journalism from Princeton University in 2015, and was valedictorian of the class of 2010 at Forrest City High School in Arkansas.

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