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Gospel concerts raise $9,000 for ‘Warrior Jace’


Jan. 30. Hundreds of residents turned out for two days of gospel music benefiting “Warrior Jace,” a five-year-old with cancer.

The two concerts Friday and Saturday courtesy of Heaven’s Reign Quartet brought in $9,000 for the family of Jace Kinley Thompson, ​the ​son of Cornelius Police Captain Jennifer Thompson ​and Eric Thompson, a North Carolina Highway Patrol Sergeant.

Jace turned 5 on Jan. 15.

The Thompsons have massive medical expenses related to Jace’s care at a clinical trial program in Washington D.C. Diagnosed with a brainstem tumor back in October, he has been an inspiration to countless people, having endured more than most adults in a few short months.

Heaven’s Reign is a home-grown gospel music quartet​ with roots at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Members include Mike Jackson, lead singer; Buddy Phillips, baritone; Larry Horton, bass; and Jon Sarver, a tenor who is also a sergeant in the Cornelius Police Department.

The quartet, which sang such favorites as “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Old Time Religion,” gave all of the proceeds to the Thompson family.

Checks may be made out to Jennifer and Eric Thompson, and dropped off at the Police Station. There is also a special fund established through the State Employees Credit Union. Any SECU branch in North Carolina will accept a contribution, just reference “Special Account for Jennifer & Eric Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, NC.”  Mail donations with checks made out to Special Account for Jennifer & Eric Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, NC.  State Employees Credit Union, Attn: Frances Coyle, PO Box 2294, Cornelius, NC 28031