Powell family loses two sons in one week

11:04 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
  • Dreyson Stewart, 19 COURTESY: David Arnold
  • Gordon Robertson, Jr., 32 COURTESY: Kristi Dummett
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David and Shari Arnold are facing a double tragedy after their two sons die within one week, Dreyson Stewart, 19, and Gordon Robertson, 32.

"It's a struggle because everywhere you turn there's always something that reminds you about each one of the boys," said David Arnold, the men's stepfather.

Relatives say Stewart and Robertson were extremely clos.

David Arnold said, "Drey grew up as Gordy being his hero and Gordy turned around and he was his mentor."

Shari Arnold, the men's mother, said, "Gordy had always wanted a little brother. He was all about teaching Drey everything he knew."

The family said Gordon taught younger brother Dreyson how to ride a motorcycle. The 19-year-old died on Saturday, April 27th after the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said his motorcycle crashed into two other vehicles that had already wrecked. Reports say Stewart was wearing a helmet.

Then, Dreyson's older brother was found dead the following Saturday in an area off West Jackson Avenue, just behind Southeastern Glass. Family members said Gordon was in a car with his girlfriend Friday. They believe he was already upset when he got out of the car, walked away, hopped a fence, and then fell more than 30 feet over a wall and broke his neck. Official reports are still pending.

Although David and Shari Arnold are struggling with the loss of their sons, they find some comfort in knowing the men enjoyed their lives.

"Our sons lived their lives to the fullest. The lived a happy life and, as we've learned over the last week, they lived with no regrets," said David Arnold.

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