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Christopher Allan Powell
CONCORD -- Mr. Powell, 18, of 4520 Artdale Rd., Concord, died Friday, September 10, 2004 at NorthEast Medical Center. He was born July 7, 1986 in Alexandria, VA.
Services will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 13 at Hartsell Funeral Chapel-Concord, Father Roger Butler officiating. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Christopher was a first year student at RCCC. An avid musician, Chris played alto sax with The Pride of Robinson Marching Band from 2001 to 2004.
Survivors include his parents, Amy and Tim Powell of Concord, NC; brother, Adam Powell of the home; maternal grandparents, James and Anna McGoye of Concord, NC and paternal grandmother, Edith Powell of South Boston, VA.
The family will meet at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Robinson Band Boosters, Inc., 300 Pitts School Road, Concord, NC 28027.
Hartsell Funeral Home-Concord Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Sep. 12, 2004.
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December 3, 2020
I only know of you from a single song, a cover from Super Metroid called "Noumenon." I've listened to it occasionally for 15 years now? I was inspired to look it up again today and read in the comments of your passing. How tragic
Holly
Acquaintance
September 11, 2020
Chris, I am so grateful for this page to honor and remember you. Sixteen years now. It's so hard to believe. You would be so proud of your mom and your little brother. They have overcome so many difficult things since you've been gone. I love them both so very much. I miss you as much today as I ever have. Tommy's been gone 26 years now. Even harder to believe. I still hope that you two are together somewhere out there in the Universe. Thank you again for helping me get through that grief. I don't think I could have done it without you. Every year at this time, I read all the beautiful messages here and remember you. How you made us laugh. Your summers at our house. Our lunch together just a week before you were gone. Things that I will never forget. Even though I have little faith, I still hope someday we will see you again. I love you.

Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
Family
September 10, 2020
I never knew you but I know your music and have derived much enjoyment from your creations. I can only imagine the masterpieces you would of made...
Z
April 5, 2019
I can't believe it will soon be 15 years since you left. Though we had grown apart, I am glad that we had been able to reconnect shortly before your accident, if only briefly. You were my best friend in a time in my life when that phrase had real weight and meaning to it.

There are moments where you'll pass by in a dream, and I wake with the thought to reach out, find out what you've been up to. And then, as the haze of morning clears, I remember. I wonder how much more music you would have brought us. I wonder if you'd still be around, or if you'd have moved to a different area. I wonder if we would have been in touch.

I have to credit you almost entirely for my interest in music. When you would make up simple compositions on the piano and I'd do my best to keep time on the drums. When you'd teach me some simple songs on that same piano. I don't think I ever thanked you for that.

I miss you, man. And I hope you're calm, and I hope your family has found their peace. And I hope there will be a time and place after all of this when we can speak again, and maybe share a drink and write a song.
Dustin Overcash
January 12, 2019
Dear Chris (aka Avien)!

I've been a fan of your remixes for many years. By coincidence I recently found out you passed away all those years ago.
It's weird, especially since we were born around the same time.

Listen to your music all the time when I'm studying. I even share the music amongst my friends. Great art lives on even when the artists themselves are no longer with us.
Hope you keep remixing up in heaven! Rest in peace man! Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden.
Darius
September 10, 2018
Thinking of you, once again, as always. I played so many games this past weekend and kept thinking to myself how you would have liked them.
Leia Cain
July 8, 2017
Hey Chris. I don't want your Aunt Mary being the only one to post here. We all miss you so very much honey. I hope you and Tommy are with your Nanaw and Pop Pop and that you all are keeping a watchful eye on us all. Which brings me to the reason I am writing you here. Please keep a special watch on your Mom. She truly misses you so very much and is struggling. I can't even imagine the heartache that she and Tim feels, or your Aunt Mary and Uncle Greg for that matter. Time does help heal some things, but not always the void that is left in ones heart. I do believe in the after life ever since Tommy came and told me that it was your time to leave us. Sure enough, your accident was the next day. I know this may sound a little crazy, but if there is anyway you can touch you Mom please do it. Even in her dreams. Know that you are still loved and missed every day and tell Tom and your Grandparents that we love and miss them too. Until the next time....
Pat Dukette
Family
January 31, 2017
It's Aunt Mary again Buddy. Is it weird I always come here to talk to you? So I was just writing a letter to a friend about why I stopped believing in God. Is it weird I don't believe in God, but believe I can talk to you? Anyway, losing Tommy, then you, was more than my faith could/can bear. I miss you both so very much. Two very bright lights in my life that are forever dimmed. I love you both and I hope every day there is some kind of after life and you both are with Nanaw and Pop Pop and others we loved and lost. I hope I see you again one day. Don't be a stranger - ha. If you can, tell Tommy to visit more.

Love forever,
Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
July 9, 2015
Hey Buddy. Aunt Mary here. Thought about you all day on Tuesday. I've lost track, but think you would be 29? God, how I miss you. I hope you are watching over all of us. Especially your Mom, dad and brother. I worry about all of them. I just wanted to say hello and this just seems to be the place to do it. I love you like a son and I always will.

Love you forever,
Aunt Mary
September 10, 2014
I cannot believe it has been ten years since I last saw you. I still miss you every day as do both your dad and your brother. I love you Buddy. Please watch over us and especially watch over Adam.

Love,
Mom
Amy Powell
September 10, 2014
It's weird to go about today as if it were any other normal day - no matter what I'm doing, you are in the back of my mind. I really can't believe that it has already been 10 years. In a way it seems like yesterday - while in others, it seems like a very long time.

I think about you every day, still. I often wonder what you would be doing today. You and I were supposed to be big together - go places, be famous (you for your music, of course!), and more. We had so many plans... and I hate that we never got to carry them out. I wish more than anything that I could go back in time and stop what happened.

Love and miss you.
Leia Cain
April 10, 2014
T King
July 7, 2013
Happy Birthday my sweet boy. I miss you so much. Spending the day with Aunt Mary, Uncle Greg and Nickie as we have so many of your past birthdays. It helps to be here with them. You need to check in and have a look at your new 2nd cousin William James Kuhn. He is so adorable. I love you so much and miss you every day.

Love,
Mom
July 7, 2013
Thinking of you today, as I do every day. I've recently re-purchased many of the games that you and I used to play together, and the memories are the stuff I'll treasure forever.
Leia Cain
May 24, 2013
I was reorganizing my OCR music today when I came across "Relics of the Chozo" and your beautiful song, Noumenon. Hope you're still remixing in heaven.
Andrew B
January 18, 2013
Dear Chris,

I am a longtime Metroid fan as well as a longtime fan of the piano. I dreamt of composing Nintendo remixes as a child and took up piano but unfortunately it never stuck. I later took up music production with an emphasis on melodic electronic, and perhaps one could say haunting atmospheres.

I found out about Metroid:ROTC today and when I came across the song Noumenon I knew it was something VERY special.

I quickly and, also quite randomly, ended up on the album label's site and heard the terrible news of one of the song producers passing away at such a young age. I triple took and realized it was you while mid song.

I am not really an emotional person, but I know that this experience was meant for me. I thank you with my heart and soul for a song I will cherish forever and with that I will also never forget your families unfortunate loss.

Although I didn't know you personally, you clearly had amazing talent and potential as stated by everyone here. I KNOW your family will see you again!

Thank you,
Mike R
November 16, 2012
I enjoyed your music. I'm sorry to hear about your death, you had potential.
couchpotatodx
September 10, 2012
It's me again Chris. I hate these anniversaries. Eight years have gone by, and I miss you more than ever. I wish very much we could go back in time so I could see you, Tommy, Pop-pop, and everyone else again. Do you have a new white dog up there with you now? :) Give him hugs for me. Please watch over all of us. Some of us need watching over more than others (me, your mom, Nanaw). If you happen to see God, could you tell him to give me a hand please? I love you.

Forever, Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
July 7, 2012
Happy birthday Chris. If you celebrate birthdays where you are! I miss you every day. I hope you are with Tommy and Pop-pop. Say hi to them for me. I love you, Chris.

Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
January 7, 2012
You were a nice man
Mal171 Cool
December 25, 2010
I am missing you so much today.

I love you,
Mom
Amy Powell
December 21, 2010
Sup Chris, we never met but I remember listening to your music back in 07. This is my second time writing here. Just wanted to let you know that you will never be forgotten. Because you left us something really amazing when you left. For your close friends and family members, you left them memories. But for the artists like me, you left us your art. I thank you very much for sharing your work with me and to the rest of the world. Please make me a better artist, thank you. God bless you and your family. - EscoHolla
Esco
September 10, 2009
Chris,
Well, here I am again. I can't believe you've been gone 5 years! Seems like it was just last week when we had lunch. I still see you so clearly in my mind. I miss you so very much.

Amy, Tim and Adam,
You are pillars of strength and love. Please know that my heart is with you today and every day. You already know it doesn't really get easier. Not after 5 years or 15 years or ever. But, I hope knowing that many are there for you helps you. I love you more than I can ever say in words.

All my love,

Mary
Mary Petitt
August 31, 2009
Your music inspires me to write with vigor and spirit that I might not have had. Thank you for your expression and beauty in life; I will never forget the haunting emotion in Noumenon that keeps my fingers writing and brings my tears into the sorrow of my characters, so they too, can feel more alive.
Dustin Juliano
July 8, 2009
I often wonder what you would be doing right now at 23 years of age. I'm sure it would have been something great. I miss you so much.
Gretchen Gray
July 7, 2009
Just thinking about you today - I can never forgot my Birthday Buddy. Saw your family the other day. Every time I addressed Adam, your name was on the tip of my tongue.

Peace
Susan Hamon
September 11, 2008
All day yesterday I was gloomy and sad. Weeping all the way home from work, not knowing why I was so sad. Having not looked at a calendar all day, and being so engrossed in my job, I did not realize until this morning, the reason for my sadness. I miss you. I cannot believe how much. You are such an important part of my life and Greg's and Nickie's too. You filled a huge void for so many years, and now your absence is so hard to bear along with Tommy's absence. Thank you again for all you gave us in your short life. Moments I will treasure forever. Until we meet again. My love to you forever.

Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
April 21, 2008
after listening to the beauty of Noumenon i tried to find other work by the talented musician and found to my deep sadness that he was no longer with us.
I know that i will never know him, but i feel that through his music i can know his gentel soul.
God bless
Andrew
April 8, 2008
Avien, wanted to know more about you after listen some of your pieces and found this =(

Your Noumenon track is so sad and emotive. Truly a masterpiece, love it. Keep rocking at heaven ;)

From Spain, my condolences to family, relatives, and friends
Igor Moreda Arzo
January 28, 2008
hehe, thanks for the beautiful music! I've only listened to three of your tracks so far, but all of them make me feel calm and positive. It sounds like peaceful spirits singing.

Peter Elroy from the Netherlands
Peter Elroy
October 5, 2007
I'm not really sure what it is about today, Chris, but I am thinking about you. You have been on my mind a lot lately. I know you were there with us on our wedding day (and Tommy, too) but we missed you just the same. The holidays are coming again and though they get better with each passing year, there is still always something missing. I guess I just miss you today.
Nickie Kuhn
September 10, 2007
It's finally after midnight on the day I dread all year, and with it now being three years, I can still honestly say that not a day goes by where my thoughts don't stray to you.

I'm glad to say that as time goes by, I miss you a little less. I still miss you more than words can say, but dealing with it always gets a little easier.

Wherever you are, if you are looking over us, thank you for giving me some of (what remain as) my best memories. I love you.
Leia Cain
July 12, 2007
Chris - I had always hoped we'd get to have your first "legal" drink with you when you turned 21. Just know that we had several in your honor on Saturday. We miss you as much as ever. I know this sounds so silly, but I cannot watch a single episode of South Park without crying because I miss you so much. Thank you for adding so much to my life and happy 21st birthday, wherever you may be in the universe. I'll be talking to you on IM!
Love forever,
Aunt Mary
Mary Petitt
March 28, 2007
The music is just astonishing, and he was so young!

My thoughts go to the parents of this hero.
Matthew Wheadon
March 13, 2007
I have just discovered the "Relics of the Chozo" fan remixes of the "Super Metroid" soundtrack, and by far and away track #13, "Noumenon," by Chris is the stand-out piece. It is erie, haunting, mysterious, and beautiful, and reminds me of pieces created by composer Daron Aronofsky.

As I tried to track down more works by Chris, I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. I know I cannot understand what it must be like to lose a child or a close friend, but I still wish to express my sympathies to all those who knew Chris. I am grateful I am able to enjoy his music and share it with my own friends and family.

I believe a part of each person lives on in their legacies - memories, works of art, etc. Chris has most definitely left his mark on the world through his beautiful music, and I feel very priveleged to have had the chance to hear something so beautiful. Thank you, Chris, for sharing your gift with the world and bringing happiness to all who hear your creations.
Aliennex
February 26, 2007
I was just finish downloading the remix "Streets of Rage 2: Slow Moon Groove" and I wanted to know more about the artist. And I end up finding out this terrible event that had happen. I heard only a few songs he made and I'm inspired. He's a great artist. I never in my life met him but from his songs, I can feel his passion for the art of music and for the art of gaming. I'm sorry for the Powell family.

Even if your gone, your spirit will still live on,/
Through your music and the stories of the shoes you walked on/

Rest In Peace Christopher Allan Powell, Avien
Danny " EscoHolla " Escobar
November 22, 2006
I can't believe this is true/ My hands are trembling at this very moment I'm typing these words... All i can feel is the shivers walking down my spine at this moment and the horrible heart beat of of fear...fear of death, of losing someone you care about... It's just like a part of me died at the moment I read this... I'm 19 and I hope one day I'll make music for games...he way he remixed that Super Metroid song it's divine...he created an ageless song that can be used in the current Metroid Series. I will always look for inspiration in his Noumenon theme of Maridia.
He'll always remember me of Ciprian Porumbescu(a famous romanian classical tha pased away at an early age) and his divine classical creations such as the "Ballad for violin and piano".

Sincerely,

Another of his unknown friends, Tymun Xit.
Xit Tymun
November 6, 2006
Although I've only talked to Chris a few times, he has been an inspiration for me. His abilities to write music were incredible. I still have much of his music, and it pains me to listen to it every time. It's not fair that such great people fall away from us. I will never forget the musical conversations we've had. Most of all, I will never forget you.
Tom Mruzik
October 16, 2006
It's hard to believe it has been two years now. I was walking through the hall of my dorm the other day and I looked on someones dry-erase board outside their room and it said " 55- SCHFIFTY FIVE" on it, and I laughed, and immidietly thought of Chris and what a goober he was! So many little things happen everyday that remind me of Chris and what an awesome kid he was. I miss Chris a lot and wish everyday that he was still here. I know he would have amounted to something wonderful!
Kailey Printy
September 28, 2006
I knew Chris - Avien - only through the pieces of music of his I've heard.

Here's to what he left behind and what he may be attaining in heaven right now.
Renard V
September 10, 2006
I wish I could go back in time to this day 2 years ago and change history. I can't remember if I told you I loved you the last time we spoke on the phone that day. God, I hope so. I can't remember the last time I got to hug you...or received one of your rare special hugs. I miss those hugs. I miss your quirky and oh so unique sense of humor. Oh how you could always make me laugh. I miss what I came to think of as our time each night when Dad and Adam would already be asleep and you would come out to the living room and watch the Daily Show or South Park or something equally silly with me and we would laugh together. I miss hearing whatever the latest song you're working on emanating from your room. I miss not being able to make a phone call because you seemed to have the phone growing out of the side of your head. You were the only person I knew who could talk on the phone, chat on AIM and play an online computer game all at the same time. I miss how you would mow the grass with headphones on and we could hear your singing over the lawn mower. I miss finding the science experiments growing out of some dish you’ve left in your room that didn’t get back to the kitchen for weeks. I miss hearing you and Adam arguing over something stupid. I miss coming home and seeing Adam hanging out with his big brother in your room and you aren't fighting. If I could have just one wish I would go back in time and prevent you from being in that accident. That accident that took my baby from me. If only I could have just one wish...
I miss you Chris, every single hour of every single day.
I love you,
Mom
Amy Powell
August 31, 2006
Far too young indeed, but a great man from what i've heard, his music shows dedication, inspiration, and stand alone characteristics... May he rest in peace, and may his music live on through the centuries, an inspiration indeed, even for those of us older than what he was.
Alex Rodriguez
July 10, 2006
Though your birthday passed a few days ago, and as September gets closer again, you are still in my heart, Chris. I still miss you everyday.
Leia Cain
January 2, 2006
i never knew chris .... but his metroid remixes are very good i've just found the album ...and the terrible news....
may he rest in peace ...
Chilug Narcis
November 16, 2005
I didn't know him personally, but his Noumenon (Maridia) track on Relics Of The Chozo was my favorite.

I can't believe I didn't find out this about him sooner... So right now I'm kind of shocked. I still don't know the cause of his passing (which is one day after my birthday ugh..), perhaps someone could inform me through email?

Anyway, take care.
Anton Forsander
September 10, 2005
it has been a year senans the death of christapher i miss you man
ryan cruey
September 9, 2005
although though i did not know chris i will miss him amy tim i am so sorry for your loss i know how it feels to loose a loved one i am sure that chris will be in all of your hearts for ever chris will always love you i know we will all see chris one day and it will be the best day see you on the other side chris

i love you chris
Ryan Cruey
September 9, 2005

I’ve started this so many times and find it so difficult. It’s been a year now. So much to say, I just find it difficult to find the right words. I miss Chris so very much. He is our son too. He filled a huge void in our lives (mine, Greg’s and Nickie’s) after we lost Tommy. This is the first summer in 10 years we did not have him with us and his absence this year has been very hard on us all.

Chris, I know you know how much we love you. Greg and I will never forget our last meeting just a week before you left us. We were so proud of you! Watch over us all until we can be with you and Tommy again.

Adam, you have grown up a great deal this past year. I know it’s been a tough year for you in many ways. I’m sure Chris is very proud of you. We are all very proud of you.

Tim, you ARE and always will be Chris’ DAD! Never doubt that. You are an excellent father.

Amy, well, you know how I feel. I am always here for you sweetie, as you have always been for me. We can share pictures and memories and laugh and cry together. It’s been a difficult year without our buddy, but the memories of him and his humor and smile will be a soft presence in our lives forever.

Though an entire year has passed, the ache in my heart has not diminished even a little. It is still very difficult to accept. I just want to thank you, Chris, for every memory you left me. These will stay with me always and will bring me joy each time I recall them.

Love you all forever,

Aunt Mary Ellen
Mary Petitt
January 21, 2005
For our grandson: Christopher Powell

Months have now passed since the terrible accident that took you from us while the initial shock may have lessened somewhat our minds and hearts simply refuse to believe that you are not here.Pain and sorrow have crushed us and have become a part of each new day as we think about you.We are reminded of all the things in life that might have been but now can never be. Witnessing you meet life's challenges and promises or realizing goals and dreams were part of our dream. However, we can visit you in mind and spirit every day and talk with you about the things you loved most, especially family and your music. We will see again the smile we came to know so well and hear the soft voice that meant so much to us. We can even talk about the legend you left with us that we are all so proud of. Your music compositions have made friends across the internet both in this country and abroad and your humor and gentle manner has caused love and remembrances as well as written tributes from all those whose lives you have touched. Words and tears can never express the depths of sadness we feel but know that you will always be with us and always be in our hearts and prayers. We love and miss you. If only we had been given a chance to say "goodbye".
Our love is always there.

Granma and Grandpa McGoye
James and Lois McGoye
January 3, 2005
I have wanted so long to write something here, but wanted it to be as eloquent and poignant as Chris’ music. I don’t think I could ever write anything that could even compare, so I will just say what is in my heart. I had the very special pleasure of knowing Chris for the last 6+ years of his life. He is quite possibly the best friend my son Brian, will ever know. What a kind and gentle soul he had, never a problem to anyone and such a joy to be around. My heart has ached for the family and for Brian. I wish that in some way I could bear some of that load for all of you. I know that Brian will in his own time write something here, but he is not ready just yet. Those two are as close and as similar as two souls ever could be. They are cut from the same cloth. Chris was so extremely talented, yet very humble about his talents. I will always remember those two composing music together on the piano in our living room, for hours on end, playing and replaying each chord until it was just perfect. He was also wise beyond his years. Chris was as much a part of our family as anyone ever could be. He was and is loved and cherished, just as one of our own. In turn we have been blessed with the friendship of Amy and Tim over these years. And to Amy and Tim (and Adam), instead of hurt, try to remember the smiles, the good times – remember the boys and their adventures. Chris is alive and well in our hearts and I know he is there with you, even when you don’t realize, he is there. He is waiting to greet you on the other side when it is your turn to cross over. But until that time, know that you have friends here for you, today and always.

With love to you all,
Susan
Susan DeViney
December 12, 2004
I never knew Chris that well. I talked to him once in a while, through OCR, and he seemed like a great guy. His contribution to the SM project was easily one of the best tracks on the album. It's so sad to see such a great talent go so early. I offer my deepest condolences to the family. I know he's definately making beautiful music in heaven by now, though.
Daniel Baranowsky
November 14, 2004
I didn't know him. I saw his name only on websites where he contributed his music. I was greatly moved by some of his pieces and searched for more. He will be missed.
Collin D
November 4, 2004
I never knew Chris personally, but I did know his music, which I greatly loved. It's a tragedy to lose anyone, especially someone so young with his whole life ahead of him. He will be missed, and I hope the family is doing better as time moves on. He will be in your hearts until the end of time, and his music will live on to bring enjoyment and inspiration for years to come.
Wayne Trembly
November 1, 2004
Christmas Day 2003
October 23, 2004
My condolences to Chris' family and friends. I knew him as Avien, through OCR, and it is a shock to hear that a friend of mine has passed on.
Garian Cashman
October 20, 2004
Chris, my brother. I can't even begin to describe how I feel. The thought of never being able to stay up until 3am on the 4th of July with you to watch Southpark, or never being able to hear you play my guitar through the vents at all hours of the night again stops my heart. I miss you so much already. I never thought that hug we shared the day you left my house this summer would be our last. You were truly an amazing young man and seeing now how many others thought the same warms my heart. I wouldn't trade our childhood together for anything and I would give anything to tell you one more time that I love you.

All my love,
Nickie
Nickie Petitt
October 19, 2004
I feel so sorry for your loss, he was far too young. I think that all of OCR is grieving as well.
Carl C
October 18, 2004
Chris, your music has always been very inspirational, and will forever be so. Your departure from this world saddens me greatly. Even though I didn't know you personally, you'll be missed.
Gavin Vonhoff
October 17, 2004
My deepest condolences to Chris's family. May the Lord help to ease your sorrow and deliver Chris to a higher place with Him. God Bless you.
Robert Stevenson
October 14, 2004
I didnt know you personally in life, but the news of your passing has cause a great collapse in my heart of hearts. Your music was captivating and imaginitive. Your execution of production and ambience is nothing short of brilliant. Its terrible to lose you. I hope wherever you are, you are at peace. Your work has a permenant place in my playlist.
John "trenthian" St.John
October 14, 2004
I used to talk to Christopher every once in a while, we were both sharing the passions of game music and music in general. I know I am late in expressing my condolences, but I have just discovered this page after wondering if the rumors were true.

As a young adult who has lost his mother 2 years ago, I express my sincere sympathy to your family and hope you will be able to recover from this tragic event.
Xavier Dang
October 14, 2004
I'm terribly sorry to hear about this. I remember talking with Chris a number of times on IRC, when he went by the name "Avien." I even worked on him with one of his songs at one point. He was a very promising musician, and a great personality.

He will be missed.
Dain Olsen
October 5, 2004
It warms my heart to see so many entries here. My son, I miss you so much. Part of me still doesn't want to believe you are really gone. I know in my heart that you are with God, but the selfish part of me grieves for the loss of you in my life as well as the loss of all my hopes and dreams for you. You have always been and always will be one of the most important parts of my life. I am so proud of all you have accomplished, of all the lives you have touched, of how you have made me a better person, and so much more. I love you so very much.

Mom
Amy Powell
September 22, 2004
Though I am a stranger to you and your family, Gretchen asked that we write a few words of support and condolence. I was struggling with these words but I realized that we all could relate to sorrow and loss. That is one of the universal truths. My hope for you and your family is that your memories will bring you comfort and peace. I could feel through Gretchen’s email and the other posts how much Chris was loved and what a wonderful person he was. I found this poem at the storypeople site and read how others related to it after a significant loss. I hope it brings you some comfort.

I held him close for only a short time, but after he was gone, I'd see his smile on the face of a perfect stranger & I knew he would be there with me all the rest of my days.
Janice (Gretchen's friend)
September 21, 2004
Amy, words cannot express what you must be feeling.Our prayers are with you.
With Love Candice and Terry
Candice Whaley
September 20, 2004
Amy and Family
We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May the knowledge that many others care, and share that loss, ease the pain that you are feeling.
Paul and Diane Binnig
September 20, 2004
We are very sorry for your loss and our prayers are with your family.
Sean Murray
September 19, 2004
I remember the day Christopher came
into this world,and before I knew it
he was a young man. Our thoughts and
prayers go out to his family in this
time of greif. God Bless. He will surely be missed.
Dennis Lee
September 18, 2004
Chris,
I knew your mom before you were born, and I wish I had kept up with the family more and gotten to know you better. It was really cool going on the cruise with you and your whole family for your grandparents' 50th anniversary. I hear you have some really great talents, especially in music which is one of my big interests. I know what it is like to lose a child,and I pray that God will help your family get through this difficult time.
Nola
Nola Okerson
September 17, 2004
hey guyes im so so so sry for your lost i remember the summers of when chris and all of us would play in the pool and the 4th of july.and just have thoughs days when we all just sat arund and talk .i whish i just got to know him a little better .we all had a lots of good years with chris . i hope u gize are doing ok up there and i sed my warmest

love chris
christopher whaley
September 17, 2004
I never got to meet Chris, but after viewing the other comments, I can only feel that I have missed knowing a fine soul.
John Cox
September 16, 2004
Dear Amy & Family,

I am a friend of Julie Bollig in Augusta. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Just yesterday we lost my husband's 21 year old nephew from a August 20th car accident in the Philadelphia area. I know this must be a very difficult time for your family. I firmly believe God has a plan for all of us. I wish you peace within you. Sincerely,
Cathy Fox
Cathy Fox
September 16, 2004
Amy: Our hearts and prayers go to you and your family. We did not know Chris but after reading some of the other tributes we wish we had. Take comfort in the fact that at such a young age he must have touched the hearts of many and truly made the world a better place during the short time he was here. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dwight & Debbie Mohney
September 16, 2004
Chris, I will miss you so much. You were always there making us laugh, even when we weren't supposed to be. You always had the funniest stories to tell about your morning walk to school. I wish I would've told you how much you meant to me and what an amazing guy you are. I hope you know how highly so many people think of you. Love and miss you.
Meghan Kunze
September 16, 2004
Amy,

I am so very sorry for your loss. How traggic to lose a child at his prime. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Edie Johnson
September 16, 2004
Amy,Tim,Adam,and your families. There are never the right words at a time like this. As parents we are NEVER meant to bury our children and I know it has to be the hardest thing in the world to deal with. I believe that Chris is continuing now as he was on earth helping others and watching over and standing with you now. I care for you all so much I wish I had a clue how to make it better. I can't but I can be there for you. Chris touched so many lives that no one really knew about in the short time he had and still is, he did what he loved, his music, and I feel very lucky that I was invited into your family and got to know Christopher.He was so quiet yet so intelligent and so talented, this is a great lose for your family and I believe a great loss for all the others that did not have a chance to get to know him. I like to believe that he is writing his music for the Universe now. You are ALL in my prayers and I Love you all.
Della Austin
September 15, 2004
Amy & Family,

I cannot begin to take away the hurt and sadness your family is feeling now, but know that Christopher is in his rightful place. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie & Bob Bollig
Julie Conklin-Bollig
September 15, 2004
Chris, words cannot express the grief I feel today. I was there when you were born, and your mom was just overflowing with joy. She, by herself, and then with Tim (your true father) raised you to be loving, kind and gentle. The weird, wonderful sense of humor was an added bonus! You were a good guy, didn't get in trouble, loved to be with the family (who could blame you, they are great.) You touched a lot of lives, buddy. I wish more people had gotten the chance to meet you. I wish I had spent more time just talking to you. If you can arrange it with God, come down and visit with me soon.
Gretchen Whaley
September 15, 2004
Amy..........I try to understand the grief and emotions you and Tim are experiencing. I think that next to each other their can be no stronger tie than a "Mother" to a child. We suffer/grieve with you. We ask God to give you strength.

A Friend

Sam & Jackie Hollingsworth
Sam/Jackie Hollingsworth
September 14, 2004
i'm kind of at a loss for words here. i didnt know u and u didnt know me, but i've heard so much about u. how sweet u were, how caring u were, and what a great friend u were. i wish i would have got to know u because u sound like the best guy in the world. i bet u were. we'll always remember u and the impact u had on so many people. we all love u. and we all miss u...
Amber Hartsell
September 14, 2004
Chris, I didn't know you as well as I wish I had, but I did know that you were a great person. You were truly one of the nicest people I've ever met, and you always helped me if I needed it with no questions asked. I know you're smiling down on us from a better place now, and you'll always be in my heart.
Kelly Adams
September 13, 2004
Chris,you were a great guy! I remember sitting with you on the bus as a freshman, wishing that all of the upperclassmen were as kind as you were to make the young, new people feel good. Your ways of kindness made a difference to a silly freshman, and they won't soon be forgotten.
Brian Kachmarik
September 13, 2004
No, I didn't know you, I never met you but I can't help but have to wonder what kind of person you were. You sound like an amazing guy and it's really great to see how many lives that you've touched in your lifetime. And though I never met you and that it may even be wrong that I'm signing this guestbook, I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you. You sound amazing and I'm glad that you're still looking down on all the people that will forever remember you. Please bring everybody together in these times and let everything be ok. They will never forget you...
BT Nguyen
September 13, 2004
Chris...you really were an amazing guy: funny, nice, a good musician and a friend to many people. I may not have known you as well as I could have, but I'll still miss you. You will always live on in our memories of you.
Austin Reiter
September 13, 2004
I weep in angst as a father of four Amy. Words cannot express our sorrow.

As an author once stated: A man who loses his wife is a widower; A woman who loses her husband a widow; Loving Parents who lose a Child: there are no words…

I only pray that your pain and mourning will be eventually diminished with the knowledge of His grace for Chris as it is for all His children.
Don Clewley
September 13, 2004
Amy and family,

It is with deepest sympathy that I offer my condolences to you and your family during your loss. I know that God is watching over your family and will get you through. My prayers will continue to be with you.

Love,
Stacy L. Haslam
Stacy Haslam
September 13, 2004
Amy and Family,
I am deeply sorry about your loss and want to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen Conklin
Kathleen Conklin
September 13, 2004
Amy

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May God be with you and your family. If you ever in need of a friend, I'm always available.

Linda
Linda Madison
September 13, 2004
God promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us. At such a devestating time you often wonder where God is? He is right beside you with His arms wrapped all around your family. Take comfort knowing that Chris is with his heavenly Father and that someday you will be with him again.
Barbara Croy
September 13, 2004
Amy & family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Lisa Ballard
Computer Associates
Lisa Ballard
September 13, 2004
You do not know me. I am a friend of your co-work Lisa Ballard. We are prayer partners and she asked me to pray for your family. Our family lost my younger sister at 21 years old in a wreck in Mooresville. We CAN say we know how you feel. And because of that, I CAN say that God is good and he will heal your pain. I became a Christian through our tragedy so because of this I know I will see my sister again in Heavan! I will pray you through these hard times.

Sincerely,

Anne Thomoas
Anne Thomas
September 13, 2004
Amy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.
Regards,

Carmen
Carmen Cargill
September 13, 2004
Tim and Amy -

I am heartbroken at your loss. If words could heal I'd write you a thousand of them. But they can't and so I pray that God keep you and help you through this painful time. Wish I could do more....

Beth

Beth
Beth Brodtrick
September 12, 2004
Chris we love you and we miss you so much. I will never forget the many, many times you made me and everyone else laugh...it was definitely your gift. You will always be a part of us and will never be forgotten.
Amy Prentice
September 12, 2004
Chris Powell... You always made us laugh, that one kid in band that ALWAYS had something funny to say! You got me through some tough days with a smile. I'm so glad you're smiling down on us now. You will never be forgotten.
Kailey Printy
September 12, 2004
Chris...you were the first person I ever truely loved...you were everything to me, and my entire universe revolved around you. It is so rare that someone can say that they have impacted someone else's life the way that I know you impacted mine. I never would have been able to get through my parents's divorce without you..you will always be remembered. Since we met in 2001, there has not been a day of my life where I dont think about you. I dont believe I will ever have a day without your presence in my life, either. I love you dearly, Chris, for you have changed my life in a way that no one else will ever be able to.
Leia Cain
September 12, 2004
Chris theres not that much to say except that your gone. I will always think back about when u told me that if u ever wanted a lil brother that was my age he would be just like me so from then on u were my big brother ... u were always there for me if i needed to talk ... thanks Chris always remembered and loved
scott chrismon
September 12, 2004
You will never be forgotten. You meant so much to us, and you stil do. I don't know how we can go on without you, but we will try. We will try for you, because we love you.
Jeremiah Smith
September 12, 2004
Chris was the first friend I gained when I moved to this town. He was my inspiration for starting to play music, and he was an amazing person. We're all going to miss him far beyond words. May he rest in peace.
Dustin Overcash
September 12, 2004
Praying for the family
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