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Death is just around the riverbend

Travis W. was killed in a car accident last night. He had been dating Cassie for a long time. He made her so happy. His car hydroplaned and ran into a tree, he was dead on the scene. He had just dropped her off at her dorm. He was only a few miles away from home. Father, I can't even believe it. One of our seniors is gone. Cassie's boyfriend is dead. Father be with her in this time of need.

I think my bible study is going to be on death. I hope it's not offensive. It will be about living in the here and the now. You never know when your tires will get slick and you'll skid into a tree. When its your day, its your day. But that doesn't make it any easier for the ones left behind of course. Father...how do you pick those days? Days when it rains, when your in the wrong place at the wrong time, or the days you just pluck us from Earth with no explanation. Father I trust your judgment... they lost their only son, too.

Death is surreal. One second your alive and your heart is beating, and the next it is not. It's not natural. It's happens every day, yet, each individual only experiences death once. So, it's not like something you (physically) become accustomed to. How terribly odd.

GROTTOES — Travis B. Williamson, "WOW Genis," 17, of Grottoes died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 3, 1990, in Okinawa, Japan, the son of Randy B. Williamson and Brenda Sue Reed Williamson of Grottoes.

Travis was a senior at Fort Defiance High School and a student at Valley Vo-Tech, where he was taking computer training. His leisure time was spent with his friends on the computer playing video games.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ralph Williamson; his maternal grandfather, Travis Reed; and his uncle, James. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Verna Williamson of Crimora; his maternal grandmother, Dreama Reed of Athens, W.Va.; his girlfriend, Cassie McKown of Bridgewater; his paternal aunts, Jo, Debra, Karen, Ruth Ann, Shelia, Shirley and Sue; his paternal uncles, Anthony, Dwain, Kevin, Patrick, Raymond and Vernon; his maternal aunt, Deborah, and maternal uncle, Michael; and by bunches of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, in the chapel of Charlton and Groome Funeral Home at 961 Goose Creek Road in Fishersville with Pastor David Knott officiating. Burial will follow in Augusta Memorial Park. Travis' close friends and family will serve as active pallbearers.

The family will receive family and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta Unit, 1920-H Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.