Our son was full of life. He loved to have fun in so many ways. Kris could do anything and loved everything. He had played baseball since he was 5 years old, at Jacksonville City Leagues. Since then, we moved to Tallahassee in 1995, he played baseball at Lincoln High School and the City Leagues. Our sonís athletic abilities were well known in the area. Kris could hit a baseball to the basketball court at Tom Brown Park. If you know that park, then you know just how far over the fence it went. Kris has broken many wooden bats while playing ball, then he would sign them and give them to his dad as a keep sake, we now treasure these items. Our son fooled a lot of people; he looked so much older for his age at 16 everyone thought he was 18 or older. Since an early age he was able to grow a full beard, and in Junior High he decided to grow a mustache and a fu-man-chu.
Kris could do anything, whether it was riding three wheelers, dirt bikes, and four wheelers or driving huge four wheeled trucks through the deepest mud whole and making it out. Kris loved to work on trucks and fix them up. Our son has played golf, volleyball, football, and was in the NJROTC at Lincoln High School. We must admit our son could do anything he wanted when he set his mind to do it.
He was working two jobs to make a living, as well as, playing his last year of city baseball. We had no clue how he was going to manage all three but somehow he did. He still found time to hang out with his family and friends.
Our son really enjoyed his time at Tom Brown Park. His coach his first few years at Tom Brown Senior Major was Coach Roy. Kris loved to spend time with him. Coach Roy had this amazing ability to work with kids. It is amazing how the kids respected and listened to Coach Roy. He let them be kids and at the same time he coached them the way they needed to be coached. Coach Roy respected the kids and the kids respected him.
Kris loved to spend time with his sister Kelsei. She idolized her big brother. Kelsei would do anything her brother asked her to do, no matter what. We are now hearing stories of things her and her brother did, which we had not known before. Kelsei is just like her brother; she wears his number on her jersey, plays catcher in softball and is hitting with a bat that no one else can hit with because of its size. Kelsei is missing her brother dearly and tells us he is still with all of us. Kelsei once wrote about her brother at school, back in September 2001, that her brother is her Hero. We were amazed to read this and it's hard to grasp that her hero is no longer with us to live his life to the fullest.
We all share Kelseiís feelings and know he is still with us everyday and he is helping us through these difficult times. Kelsei is a young child that has had to grow up quickly and has had to deal with more than many will ever know.
Kris's friends, our friends, newly founded friends and some family members have blessed us with their support, love and encouragement.. Thank you all and God Bless.