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A story I wish I never had to cover

A column by the Editor
web posted August 17, 2007
COLUMN – I cover a lot of wrecks, deaths, and even the rare murder in the course of doing my job. I have even had the occasion to cover wrecks that involved family members and friends. Thankfully in those cases everyone turned out to be safe or recovered from their injuries, until today. Lynn McCord Byars, 41, of Trenton, died on Thursday after a horrific crash on Highway 121. I grew up living next door to Lynn in Trenton on what is now called S.E. Diggs Road. This is a story I wish I never had to cover.

Lynn was a sweetheart. Almost all of my childhood memories, in one way or another, included her. She was always a ball of fun to be around. Her laughter was contagious and she would make sure you were smiling when she was around.

As we grew up and graduated from high school and went off to college we moved on with our lives but still kept in touch. My new wife and I moved to Charleston for several years and Lynn and her new family would visit us and enjoy the beach nearby.

We lost touch for several years and reconnected only recently. In an instant it was obvious Lynn, through trials and tribulations everyone encounters in life, was the same old Lynn I knew and loved. She was still as vivacious as ever making sure she brought a smile to my face and was going to make sure she made me laugh several times as we spoke. If ever someone could be said to have a gift to “light up a room” when they entered, Lynn was that person.

I would never dare to try to express the grief that her mother, father, husband, children, and extended family are suffering at this time. I cannot adequately describe the feelings I have within me at this time other than to say that Lynn will be missed more than words can describe.

Though God always has a higher purpose for all of us, it is futile for me as a mere mortal to understand His purpose in taking one of my dearest childhood friends from a world that benefited so much by her simply being here.

I am so thankful that God allowed me to be blessed so bountifully by having Lynn be a part of my and my family’s life even though that time has been so tragically shortened.

Lynn, you will be eternally loved and sorely missed by everyone you touched during your short life.

I pray that Jesus’ love will wash over her family as they deal with such an untimely loss. I pray that same calm will be spread upon Trenton. Trenton is not a town, it is a family, and the grief of the loss of one of its own is shared by all who knew and loved Lynn.

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