Less than a week before her son’s death, Agnes Freeland said she sat with her son, Quincy Larae Finch, and talked about finances, the concept of “legacy” and his faith in God.
“I know where he is now. I know where his soul is. My baby got his wings,” she said, adding he was in church the day before his death at Lake Lanier.
Finch, 35, of Gainesville, drowned while swimming in a Lake Lanier cove with his girlfriend Monday afternoon, according to authorities.
They were swimming in the area of the Dawsonville Highway bridge near Gainesville Marina when the man was no longer able to float, went under the water and didn’t reappear, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Wilbanks wrote in an email Monday night.
Freeland remembered her son as someone with the “best disposition” who had a passion for writing lyrics. It ran in the family, with Finch’s father and aunt being musicians. Freeland said their musical lineage goes back to Alton Adams, the bandmaster of the U.S. Navy band.
“He didn’t get with the right people where he could actually go into the studio, record a CD and promote,” Freeland said of her son.
One of Freeland’s favorite memories of her son was his 16th birthday, when she checked him out of school and drove to Columbia, South Carolina, for a Prince concert. With Finch unaware, she had a double-breasted wool coat waiting for him so he could get dressed up for the show.
“I never saw a bigger smile on my son’s face,” Freeland said.
Finch was working for Lyneer Staffing for a company that makes big machinery parts, his mother said.
“He took everybody at face value, to the point where I prayed that nobody would take advantage of him. He was genuinely nice. Everybody that met Quincy loved Quincy,” she said.
Freeland said she was considering starting a foundation in Finch’s honor.
“It would be to help teach young kids lake and boat safety and how to swim,” she said.
A Gofundme was set up by the family for funeral expenses.