It’s Not Worth It

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Tony Baughman Memorial Fund was started in memory of Kevin Anthony “Tony” Baughman. Tony was an 18 year old senior at Silverdale Baptist Academy on January 27, 2012 when he was involved in a terrible car accident where he lost his life. The Baughman family and the students from Tony’s senior class worked together to form this memorial fund. The money raised by this fund will go toward a scholarship at SBA and educating area high school students related to driving safely, wearing seatbelts, and the consequences of not taking these safety measures. The Baughman family would like to do all that they can to prevent tragedies like Tony’s from happening again.

January 27, 2012

About Tony

On Friday, January 27th, 2012, Tony Baughman left school, excited to drop off his little sister so he could go spend a fun night out with friends. They planned on working together on the car that he had just bought with his own money two weeks earlier. Tony was also planning on taking a young lady on a date to their local high school basketball game. This was when God changed the story. At 4:36 pm, Tony was driving up I-75 north with a good friend that was also a senior at Silverdale Baptist Academy when Tony lost control of his car and ran into the concrete rail. At that point in time, Tony went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tony’s family and friends will forever remember Tony as a happy, fun-loving eighteen-year-old young man, looking forward to graduating in May of 2012. We are all very thankful that the young man in the car with Tony was not seriously injured and that no other automobiles were involved. However, we also wish that he, like the young man in the car with him, had put on his seatbelt, and we wish Tony would have slowed down and been a little more cautious in his driving.

We will forever miss the young man that could even make the meanest teachers laugh, always made sure everyone around him was smiling and had more girls to call him their “boyfriend” then we could ever count. He always had a way about him that made everyone feel like they were important. He was very much a gift from God on earth for only eighteen short but memorable years.

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Tony Baughman Memorial Fund Scholarship

In memory of Kevin Anthony “Tony” Baughman who will forever be a senior at Silverdale Baptist Academy. On January 27th, 2012, Tony was in a tragic automobile accident that took his life. The members of the board are proud to offer this scholarship to students that honor Tony’s memory by being faithful to God, family, and friends.

“Make the most of the best, and the least of the worst.” – Tony’s Senior Quote

We proudly sponsor REACH Scholar Ceremonies. REACH is a state initiative to provide Georgia’s academically promising 8th grade students with the academic, social, and financial support to graduate from high school and college prepared for work. Learn more about REACH.

If you would like to help us with these endeavors, please feel free to donate via Paypal or by mail to Tony Baughman Memorial Fund, PO Box 21706, Chattanooga, TN 37424. You may also ask questions by contacting us at

Scholarship Winners

2023 – 2024: Megan Janee’ Ridley
2022 – 2023: Trinity Tallent
2021 – 2022: Taylor Robinson
2020 – 2021: Aaliya Brock, Kallie Branum (Ringgold Middle School)
2019 – 2020: Avery Scott Wilson (Ringgold Middle School)
2018 – 2019: Jeremie Constant (Ringgold Middle School)
2017 – 2018: Emily Holloway, Kenedy Smith
2016 – 2017: Emily Holloway, Kenedy Smith
2015 – 2016: Brett Holland, Emily Holloway, Kenedy Smith
2014 – 2015: Brett Holland, Emily Holloway, Kenedy Smith
2013 – 2014: Brett Holland, Gavin Cross
2012 – 2013: Brett Holland

2023-2024 Recipient:

Megan Janee’ Ridley

Megan is a highly motivated and dedicated student. Consistently earning straight A’s is a clear indication of her intellectual capabilities and hard work.

Moreover, her commitment to helping others succeed suggests a strong sense of community and collaboration. She looks up to role models who champion the importance of empowering women and teaching self-love.

Megan plans to attend Dalton State College, earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

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