Initiative staff members send their deepest sympathies to the family of Louis Frierson III, a 2009 Summer Youth Leadership Program graduate, who passed away on June 20.
Louis, born January 9, 1992, was a gifted student and was studying abroad on scholarship in Japan at the time of his death. He was a junior at UNC-Charlotte where he was majoring in Computer Science and Japanese. Among his passions in life were video games, computers, music, art and writing and he hoped to one day create his own video games.
As a participant in the Initiative’s Summer Youth Leadership Program, Louis spent his summer working for Goler CDC in Winston-Salem where he contributed significantly to improving the organization’s IT system, including writing a winning proposal which resulted in new computers for the organization. During leadership trainings, his kindness, sense of humor and thoughtful contributions to discussions were appreciated by Initiative staff and his fellow interns.
Louis was wise beyond his years. His drive and determination motivated others to follow his path. He had an infectious smile that warmed hearts and his laughter could brighten a gloomy day.
Louis is survived by his parents, Louis Frierson Jr. and Bettina Frierson, and his five siblings. His sister Elizabettina Frierson is a 2010 Summer Youth Leadership Program graduate and also served her internship with Goler CDC.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 at Miracle Temple Deliverance Church, 2930 Prescott Dr. in Winston-Salem.