ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of an 18-year old Robertson County teen killed in a horrific crash over the weekend is asking for prayers from the community.
Cory Stokes of Cross Plains died Saturday when the vehicle he was driving left the road, went into a field, and flipped over.
He was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the sunroof, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
His mother, Stephanie Blackwood-Stokes, said she never expected to be burying her child. He was the youngest of three boys.
“No mom does this. This is not her job,” she said.
Blackwood-Stokes was in Columbia at a softball game when she got word that her son had been killed..
“He’s a special little guy, and he wasn’t perfect, but he was sure on his way of working as hard as he could,” the mother told News 2.
Blackwood-Stokes has been the glue, trying to hold the family together, but this unexpected tragedy has taken its toll.
“A piece of my heart is just gone,” she said.
Family members said Stokes was a loving, caring, spunky person who was loved by everyone.
“[It] basically ripped everybody’s heart out,” Stokes’ uncle Chris Blackwood said. “Somebody that young, at 18, was just starting his life as an adult. He was taken away from us way to early, as a family in tow we are heart broken.”
Family members said Stokes had just gone to Walmart to buy dog food. He was just less than a mile from his home when the accident happened.
Authorities said speed may have played a factor in the crash.
The family is asking for your prayers, but they are also trying to raise money to give Stokes a proper burial.
“Money, it don’t mean nothing, it’s not going to bring him back, but I never prepared to put him in the ground,” Blackwood-Stokes said.
Those who knew the 18-year-old East Robertson High School graduate said he was taken way too soon.
“Cory was an outstanding person. He loved everybody. He made people smile even when you wanted to cry,” his future sister-in-law Brittney Roach said.
“I know Cory made it to heaven, and that’s all his mama needs to remember is that her baby is safe,” friend Chelsea Jackson told News 2.
Funeral services have been set for Wednesday at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, located at 533 TN 76 in White House. Visitation will take place Tuesday, May 26, from 2 until 8 p.m.
The family is asking for donations to a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.