People from all across East Tennessee paid their respects to two Morristown boys who died in an electrocution accident July 4.
Nate Lynam, 11, and Noah Winstead, 10, were killed by a stray electrical current in Cherokee Lake near Bean Station in Grainger County as they celebrated the holiday with their family.
Both boys, who family said were good friends with one another, had their funerals at First Baptist Church in Morristown Sunday. More than 1,000 people attended the joint service. Todd Winstead, the father of Noah, said it was nice to see so many people around East Tennessee support the two grieving families.
"These two boys have touched more hearts, not only the days that we had them, but the days they've been away from us now," he said.
Winstead said a person recently asked him about what it was like losing both boys at such a young age. He told the First Baptist Church audience Sunday he would have been happy to have them, even it were just for "10 minutes".
"Knowing them was better than a lifetime of not knowing them at all," he said.
Both Nate and Noah went to Cornerstone Academy for school. Their former Headmaster Dan Peterson said the boys were full of life. He described Nate as artistic and Noah as charismatic.
"Both of them were so talented and I was really looking forward to what God had planned for them," Peterson said.
But, he said he believes the boy did help bring together a community, even in death.
"We're going to use joy, instead of sorrow from this and think about the good times we had and all the memories we had," Peterson said.
Nate and Noah will be buried Monday at Jarnagin Cemetery.