Death is a distant rumor to the young. ~Andrew A. Rooney
March 12, 2001 – May 9, 2014
Death is not an easy part of life, however there are some circumstances, which are harder than others. This one is truly heartbreaking. I want to send my deepest sympathy and condolences to Thomas’ family and friends.
My cousin Thomas Watson Piper was killed in a car accident on Friday, May 9th. I don’t know much about the details, but like my mom says, “It doesn’t change anything anyway.”
Stepping back to understand how we’re related, since there are so many Piper’s, here is a very brief general outline of our family tree. My pap (Walter Piper) had a brother, Merle Piper, my uncle. Again there are a lot of other siblings but I’m just tracing one line down. His wife was my Aunt Mary and among all the kids, they had Richard, who later married Eileen. They had a son, Aaron Piper, who in turn had a son Thomas Piper.
Unfortunately, with such a large family we each get lost in the shuffle, or in Thomas’ case, live out of state in North Carolina. I never really had the opportunity to get to know my little cousin, but regardless he is still family. Perhaps over the years I met him, but I am saddened to say, I truly don’t remember.
Again not knowing a lot about this young man, I can say for certain he was loved and seemed like a pretty good kid. Following Aaron’s Facebook posts helped to keep me in the know with my distant relatives.
It’s true, I did attend Eileen’s funeral, Thomas’ grandmother, but those are moments when I put my head down, pay my respects and give support to the family, before scooting out the back door, so to speak. I know getting reacquainted with my relatives is never on the top of my list.
When I heard about Thomas’ tragedy, of course I was saddened, not wanting anyone to endure such an ordeal. Admittedly, the details of the misfortune really hit home with me.
Tommy was only thirteen years old, about the same age as Kyle is now. That really puts things into perspective. As mentioned earlier, he died in a car accident. Now that paints a whole new scene of nagging sorrow and depression, since loosing Ryan, Kyle’s dad in a car accident.
My heart bleeds for the family and friends of the deceased. I will continue to reach out through prayers and thoughts during this time.
God Speed Thomas Watson Piper!
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com.
Here is the complete obituary as well as a screen shot below.