Funeral For 8 Year Old Child; Gann Charged in Her Death

Funeral plans have been announced for eight-year-old Sara Elizabeth English who died in a Walker County car accident last week.

English has family ties to Chattooga County and the obituary lists her residence as being Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Lyerly, Georgia.

Cody A. Gann, age 29, has been officially charged by the Georgia State Patrol with serious injury by vehicle, DUI drugs – driving under the influence of drugs, improper lane change, failure to maintain lane, driving wrong side of the road, failure to exercise due care when using cell phone/radio, and homicide by vehicle 1st degree in connection with the accident that claimed the girl’s life.


Sarah Elizabeth English, 8, of Signal Mountain, TN, and Lyerly, GA, left her earthly home on April 27, 2021, and was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after suffering severe injuries from a vehicle accident.
She was born on July 30, 2012, in Chattanooga, TN and was a loving daughter who was cherished by her family. Sarah was a third grader at Thrasher Elementary where she was known for her kindness and friendship. She received the Panther Pride award every year and was a member of the Signal School for Physical Education. She was a bright, fun loving child who enjoyed swimming, gymnastics, attending church and being with her friends. She especially loved spending time with and taking care of her two dogs, Luke and Karma. Sarah was a member of The Point Church at Signal where just last year, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized into the family of God.
Sarah was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Kaye “Grammy” Casey, and her paternal grandfather, Ed “granddaddy” English. Those left to cherish her precious memory are her father, John C. English; mother, Cara (Tony) Blalock; grandmother, Deborah English; grandfather, Roger Casey; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in the sanctuary at The Point Church at Signal, 939 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, TN from 10:30am – 12:00pm with a celebration of Sarah’s life to follow at 12:00pm at the church.
Memorials in Sarah’s name may be made to the The Point Church at Signal Children’s Ministry at the above address.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger who looked after and ministered to Sarah in her time of need. Sarah’s light shone bright and she brought joy to everyone she encountered. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden”.
Arrangements are provided by Lane Funeral Home of Red Bank, TN. Local announcement provided to the family by Mason Funeral Home, Summerville, GA.