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Pictures can paint a thousand words,

But hoarding them can only bring the memories that hurt,

So God give me the strength of thee,

And the strength to lead them home.

Stars are meant to shine for you,

To guide us through our way,

And God give me the strength of thee,

The strength to lead them home.




Sweet memories of you my son fill my very soul,from the moment I knew you were on your way to the moment you became an angel. My heart is so heavy today I miss you so much. So hard to believe it has been 4 years now since I hugged you and give you a kiss and said goodnite son. O that last evening together all of us Jason Tracy Stacy your nieces your nephew, Dad and me and you. What a wonderful evening. This Mom was so proud of her babies and I still am. I see this evening in my mind as if a tape is being re wound and played over and over. I feel that last hug that kiss, if I'd of known I would never have taken you in that house. I miss your smile, I miss your hug, I miss your green eyes, I miss your red hair, I miss the lil notes we left each other I miss watching a nascar race with you I miss seeing you son with your Bubba and Sissy's and nephew and nieces. You are loved and missed so very much every minute of everyday. Vernon you are in my past, my present, my future. One day I too will stand in front of Jesus I picture that as his arms open and giving me a hug, then taking my hand and putting it in your hand right beside him.  Then in Heaven we will wait together for the rest of the family. Until then I keep your memory alive always and I try and want to honor you with the rest of my life, doing that is to honor God I pray for his strength to do that. Stay close to us all sweetheart, send us Angel hugs and visits from you to help us get through, to keep our thoughts on the big picture and that is entering Heaven to see Jesus and forever and eternity holding you so tight.

I love you and I know my love reaches you Say hello to Heaven for Mom.

Sending you hugs and kisses My Angel, My Son


If there is anything I have learned in the past four years is that the Lord is GREAT, AWESOME, MIGHTY, and that he gives and he takes away. I miss you Vernon, but I know I will see you soon!


When The Tears Fall by The Swift

I've had questions without answers

I've known sorrow, I have known pain.

But there's one thing that i'll cling to

You are faithful, Jesus you're true.

When hope is lost, i'll call you savior

When pain surrounds, i'll call you healer

When silence falls you'll be the song within my heart.

In the lone hour of my sorrow

Through the darkest night of my soul

You surround me, you sustain me

Your my deffender forevermore

When hope is lost, i'll call you savior

When pain surrounds, i'll call you healer

When silence falls you'll be the song within my heart.

I will praise you, I praise you

When the tears fall still I will sing to you

I will praise you, Jesus praise you

Through the suffering still I will sing

I still have questions without answers

Still you're faithful, Jesus you're true


I'm standing on a platform, now I'm staring from a train
and all the trees roll back beside but I'm so use to the dark, to the light, it's all the same.
You gave us so much and now it's obvious and it makes me cry,
it makes me cry.
And you're standing here beside me in a picture in a frame
and your voice could never fade it's so familiar, things you said in my head, every day.
You gave us so much and now it's obvious and it makes me cry,
it makes me cry. 
You're with us so much, though you're never with us anymore.
And it makes me cry.


This past Saturday we did a clean-up in your honor son, from Hwy KK to Mamas pizza the roadside is clean, for now. We went afterwards to the park and had a picnic. I took your favorites, home fried chicken, I made a huge pan of brownies and of course a big jug of tea! Every bit was gone. Them nieces and nephew of yours played and played. I felt you there with us, Vernon, your presence so strong. I saw your smile before me.
I felt your hug, it was in each hug I got from Jason, Tracy, Stacy and your nieces Squirt, Tarasah, Verniece and your nephew Chad. So much of you in each one of them.
I love you Vernon and I miss you so very much
Always and forever your my baby boy

I remember when we went to the Creed concert and I was so heck bent on taking my car back down so Jason could fix it yet again. So you drove mom's truck and that night you decided to see if it would fly. I remeber screaming and jumping off of that bridge to see if you were okay. You said, just as calm and quiet as you always were, "Tracy i'm okay"... That weekend Stacy got a little figure that said "get well" and she gave it to you. When I was dealing with some pretty rotten times you gave it to me. When you died I gave it to Dennis. You kind of started a pass around of something that was intended for you. I've just been thinking of that a lot here lately!

I miss you lots!


Today Vernon is Jason's birthday and a very sweet  and humerous memory comes to me. Back after Jason moved in the country so far out, and he started getting all kinds os farm animals, me and you started calling it Ole McJason's Farm, and I remember the big grin on your face and how your eyes would sparkle. Well for his next up coming birthday after that you gave him a card with some money in it and he bought him some chickens with it, for Ole McJason's farm you said. then one of the roosters he got with them he named Vern, after you because you gave him the gift of money which he bought them with. I see your face son so clearly with that smile, and I thank God for this precious memory. I love you Vernon, I miss that smile and the sparkle in your green eyes. Send Bubba a hug for his birthday today.

Jesus Bring the Rain by Mercy Me

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that
I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings
You glory And I know there'll
be days When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to
praise You Jesus, bring the rain
I am yours regardless of the clouds that may
loom above because you are much greater than
my pain you who made a way for me suffering
your destiny so tell me whats a little rain
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
is the lord God almighty
is the lord God almighty
I'm forever singing 
Holy holy holy
you are holy
you are holy


                                                                        04 February 08


It's been three years and five months since you were so horribly taken from us.  I just wanted to let you know how your death has touched someone's (that you don't even know) life. I have a friend that I shared your story with about 18 months ago and she was so surprised at the fact that I could so love our Lord if he allowed something like that to happen to you. She didn't get it. 

I know that our God has the power to cause or stop all things, however he does not just go around handing out tradgedies. He loves us!

From September 04, 2004 forward I have prayed to God that he would take this horrible situation and use it for his glory. "How could there be any glory for anyone regarding this situation" you are probably wondering as do so many, myself included.  But there is because God is in control. My friend has watched the Lord work in such a great way in my life that now she has made the decision to allow him to work in hers as well. I am so thankful to God for all he does, has done, and will do!!

I want you and everyone to know that you did not die in vain, for no reason! You died for God's purpose, for others to live. Your life and death has touched so many, many you will never know and I/they will always be thankful for that.

I love you Vernie! I am so proud that I have the opportunity to call you my brother!


Karen (Keele) Manning


I was a friend of Tracy & Stacy's. We lost touch, but I have never forgotten any of you. I just wanted you to know that my heart goes out to you & your family. I was so sad to hear about your son Vernon. I thought I might share a little memory of him with you. I just remember all the times that I would spend the night with Tracy. We would be in her room listening to music & talking away. Vernon always wanted to be in on it. He thought we were really doing something fun I suppose. I still remember that cute little face with that bright red hair.

I can't begin to imagine your pain, but just know I'll continue to pray for you & your family. I know it's still really painful and you all miss him dearly.

You did a wonderful job of expressing your love for Vernon in the newspaper. It was so moving & I'm sure everyone gave their children one more kiss, one more hug after reading it.

God's comforting arms around you always & love,


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