Campus community remembers Chad Silcox

Members of the Silcox family listen to UNA students perform “I Can Only Imagine” at the candlelight memorial Jan. 10.

Members of Kappa Sigma fraternity and UNA administrators pulled together to host a memorial service Tuesday night for Chad Silcox, a member of Kappa Sigma who passed away during the winter holidays.

Silbox was severely burned while at home for the holidays due to a gas explosion when he was burning a pile of leaves on Dec. 24. He died the day after Christmas at UAB Hospital.

Silcox was remembered by many of his fraternity brothers, as well as administrators, at the candlelight memorial. Kappa Sig brothers shared memories of him and sang songs in remembrance of his life.

Silcox’s pledge educator and fellow fraternity brother Jake Kimbrough spoke highly of Silcox.

“He had so many great qualities, and one of the many was how honest he was,” Kimbrough said. “I am just humbled to be in just a little part of his life. We are just so happy to have gotten a little part of his life.”

Brent Baker, one of Silcox’s hunting partners and fellow member of Kappa Sigma, remembered Silcox’s smile.

“He would would want us all to be strong and keep our heads held high with that gigantic smile on,” Baker said. “I hope the Silcox family knows you raised an incredible son and friend, and he will never be forgotten.”

Kappa Sigma is taking donations to pay for Silcox’s final expenses and hospital payments. The fraternity is asking for people to make donations to the fund on their website at

Look for a more in-depth story in Thursday’s edition of The Flor-Ala.