CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - Two small boys were buried Wednesday after a memorial service in their honor. They were killed in a head-on collision in Carter County last Thursday.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Wednesday was not about that -- it was about honoring two innocent children.
7-year-old Jonathan Nye and 2-year-old Dalton Moffitt were both memorialized at a funeral home in Johnson City Wednesday before funeral processions took them to separate graveyards for burial.
Robert Moffitt knew them both as well as anyone. "One was my biological son, the other one was like a son to me." Moffitt said. "I have been around him off and on his whole life.
Moffitt cares so much that these children be remembered and never forgotten he agreed to talk during what was without a doubt the hardest day of his life. "I don't know how I feel, it just hurts," he added.
Moffitt insists that he could not hold up through it all without his community and told me he wants to thank two friends in particular. "Amber Hubbard and Cody Jennings have gone above and beyond the call of duty," Moffitt said thankfully. "They are angels in disguise."
Forgiveness is already in Moffitt's heart and he is calling on the public to show the same toward the boys' mother, who is still hospitalized after the wreck. "As the father of one of the children I don't want anything to happen to her," Moffitt said. "Let God make that decision."
The one thing that will always stick with Moffitt about his son is being his daddy. "After coming home from work," Moffitt recalled, "he'd be standing at the door waiting on me saying 'daddy's home, my daddy.' It was always 'my daddy.'"
- Updated Greene County teen admits to murdering father
- Updated Authorities continue investigation into old General Mills building fire
- Cyber security customer call center has grand opening in Wise
- Expelled state lawmaker escorted from UT football game
- Public sessions begin Monday regarding MSHA/Wellmont merger