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(WBIR - North Knox County) This weekend, was a tough reminder for one local family as they marked what would have been a milestone birthday for someone taken too soon. Chris Newsom would've celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday.

Family and friends held a special service at Woodhaven Memorial Cemetary on Saturday afternoon.

His father, Hugh, said especially on these anniversaries he wonders what Chris would have been like today.

"We"ve missed those seven years, and you can never replace those. And we'll always celebrate by some means his birthdays," Hugh said.

"It makes us feel better to have the people come and talk to us and do something for him. It just makes us feel like he's still here," his mother, Mary, said.

Newsom's family said they were grateful so many people showed up despite the rain.

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