Justin Rozier lost his dad Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Rozier when he was barely 9 months.
Jessica John only got to speak with him 12 hours before he died. He was overseas and Jessica was updating him about their sweet boy.
Jessica was left with Justin and they lived in Texas trying to make ends meet. She had to figure out how to get things done and live without her husband and most importantly raise their son.
She decided to give up her husband’s beloved black 1999 Toyota Celica convertible.
“I didn’t want to keep chipping away at my savings to pay for a car that nobody was using,” Johns said. “It was just sitting in my driveway.”
It’s been 14 years already and Justin Rozier, a Moore, Texas resident is all grown and is longing to know about his father.
He had everything his father treasured, his dog tags, photos, and others. He always wanted to sit in his father’s car and on his seat.
A few months to his 15th birthday, he already got his driving permit and was in the process of getting a license later on.
Jessica decided to find his husband’s car for her son. It seems like the hardest thing to do or rather impossible, but she was able to publish their story on social media which went viral.
“I mean, it could have been a 1974 Dodge Astro — I don’t even know if that’s a car — but it could have been anything and he would have said, ‘Yes,’” Jessica told at the time.
The reason? “I know that he wishes his dad was here,” she explained. Rozier never got to meet his dad, so he cherishes everything he left behind.
“I don’t know, just knowing that he had it — it’s a whole lot different than just any other thing,” Rozier admitted.
Jessica wasn’t giving up on her search for the car as she wanted to present it to her son as a birthday gift. The best she thought.
“I feel like this is something that would connect him,” she said. She started a social media search for the car and she wanted to keep it away from her son.
She had to ban him from using social media. It didn’t take long for the car to be found in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The owner’s daughter got in touch with Jessica and gave her dad’s number to Jessica.
She wasn’t so sure he was going to sell it and told her not to get her hopes high. This crushed Jessica, but she wasn’t willing to give up either.
If I call and he doesn’t want to sell it then my hopes would be crushed,” Jessica told. “It took me 12 hours to get the courage to call him.”
She explained why she wanted to buy the car, he was hesitant at first, but he finally gave in. “I think that your son will get more enjoyment out of having his dad’s car than I would,” she recalled of their conversation.
“I just got really excited,” she added. The surprise was revealed on Rozier’s 15th birthday and it was a big moment for mother and son.