Waynesville (WNC) Chapter

Dylan Walsh

Submitted by: JoAnne
Born: 1981
Died: 2019
My Tribute: My darling boy taken away too soon by a drug overdose of fentanyl. Just 9 days from his 39th birthday. Dylan had such high hopes and aspirations. He lived his life with gusto. He worked with physical challenges without complaint and didn’t let them stop him or slow him down in any way. The shock of him not being here still haunts me. I miss him so much it seems more and more every day. I keep waiting to see him come through the door or something. I know he knew there was more beyond here on the physical plane and I can’t wait to see him again one day when it is my time to leave. I love you son always and forever, MOM

Sturgis Baxter

Submitted by: Michelle Jackson
Born: 1991
Died: 2021
My Tribute: Sturgis wanted to live. He had an appointment to see a therapist as a starting point. He was a kind and intelligent man. He was my best friend.

Jordan Lane Shepherd

Submitted by: Kenda Shepherd (mom)
Born: 2001
Died: 2020
My Tribute: This beautiful light was smart, artistic, driven, and loving. He cared about civil and equal rights and all people. Jordan was a poet and an artist. He is the brother of Tyler and the son of Jason and Kenda. Jordan, we will share your story without shame and change whatever part of the world we can …just as you did. You are so loved and so missed.

Raymond Bauer

Submitted by: Dawn Troutt (mom)
Born: 1981
Died: 2019
My Tribute: My son was almost 1 year sober, we had the best year of reconnecting, making memories, laughter, happy and sad tears. It was a gift. I got my son back but even better, he was more humble and real. I spent the day with him before his passing, looking back now there were some small signs but nothing that was enough that really would have made me realize more. I got the call the next morning when I was at work. The call no parent should ever have to get.

My son loved music of all kinds, he was a DJ and loved being in his element in the clubs. He loved animals and sports – all of the Philly sports. He was an avid fan and went to many games, worked at the stadium, and met many sports stars.

He said in one of the last meetings he chaired, with tears streaming down his face that he wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for me because I never gave up on him, I was his rock and best friend. I will treasure that always. He was 38 when he passed.

Peter Miller Lowenstein

Submitted by: Anthony Lowenstein
Born: 1992
Died: 2020
My Tribute: My beautiful only child passed from a near-instantaneous overdose of Fentanyl along with his girlfriend. Time has stood still since he left this Mortal Coil. Peter was an amazing person and the absence now of his presence has darkened the sky Permanently.

Waves of grief have overcome me, his Father in ways that cause sounds from my body I do not recognize as Human. I shall miss my “Noodle” terribly. Be well Peter my Son. May your Journey be of Love and Care. I miss you beyond words. You are with Mom now and waiting for Me too.

Tom Munger

Submitted by: Mom
Born: 2002
Died: 2019
My Tribute: You’re forever 17. We Think of you every day and miss you like crazy. We lost our wonderful, loving son and best pal. And we know we’ll soon meet again in Heaven. Goodbye just for now son. You were meant for bigger and better purposes than what this world can offer to you. Love Ya Tommy.

Roosevelt Carter (RJ)

Submitted by: Deanie Taylor
Born: 1988
Died: 2020
My Tribute: Your smile lit up a room, son. Your laughter can not be duplicated.
We are thinking of you…always and forever.
With love,

Isaac Welch

Submitted by: Shauna Welch (wife)
Born: 1979
Died: 2021
My Tribute: Isaac(41) was always a people person, he would walk into any place and make a new friend. He talked to any and everyone he could. He left not only me but our Twin four-year-old boys. He was the love of my life. Until we can hold each other again, I’ll continue to pray that I’ll get to see you in my dreams. Forever my husband. Above You for eternity.