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Former Gwinnett Mom Feels the Pain of the Prince Family

Cissy Harty also lost her son, a Brookwood High student, in a boating accident in 2004. "I will be there ... and help you."

This letter to Suwanee Patch is from Cissy Harty, formerly of Snellville, whose son Dennis Campbell Harty was killed in a boating accident in 2004. It is meant for the Prince family of Buford, whose sons were victims of last week's fatal boating collision on Lake Lanier.

Our family and friends feel your pain. I am so very, very sorry.

We lost our son to a drunk boater August 5/6 2004. He was 19. Another boy was also lost. He was 14 yrs. old.  I know exactly where your hearts are and how you feel and your numbness. I will know where you are mentally and what each struggling day will bring for you so please know, YOU AND YOURS are in my every thought.

Of course if you need me, I will be there.

We raised our 3 kids in Snellville, Ga. They all attended Brookwood High School. His name is DENNIS CAMPBELL HARTY. He is my middle child. He was also known as "TONKA BOY".

My older son, Daven (Davenport) sadly was within 10 yards. He has gone through so much. I have a daughter, Eleanor, as well. My kids were very close and did a lot of fun things together.

We did a similar thing as you are doing, we had TONKA stickers printed. So , if you see one on a bumper or a rear window ...... it is for our little Campbell. There were hundreds and hundreds.

Feel free to call me or email me ... I will be there at your request and help you & yours anyway I can.

As I said, I know exactly what you are feeling and could tell you what will be next. I have a lot that I can offer and A LOT of guidance. But of course, only if you need me.

More info on the Harty death is here.

Did you know Dennis Campbell Harty? Tell us your thoughts on this letter in the comments below.



Ronnie Snitker June 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM
It is heartbreaking how one senseless act can cause so much pain and destroy so many people's lives. Cissy is correct, she can tell you what each agonizing moment of losing a child is like. This is something I cannot fathom. She, Michael, Daven and Eleanor will never be the same without their sweet Campbell. Their family and the Prince family need our prayers for healing!
Rick Ingram June 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
So sad, I understand that this is an LDS family, we need to watch how their church family surrounds them, and how this family handles their loss. They beleive that there family is eternal and will be with their sons again. There loss now is very hard but their comfort is what they know and beleive. We need to rember how short life is and just how our children can be snapped away from us so quickly. Love our familys while we have them. Life on earth is but a stepping stone for the furture, and to know and beleive what this family does adds hope and love to those special spirts that have gone on and awaits the rest of their love ones to join them.

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