This is a little personal for us all, but here we go…
We are cancelling our Thomasville Fly-in trip because our dearest of friends has passed and her memorial overlaps the Fly-in.
One of our own TeamPanther members has lost his wife to a long battle of cancer. Michelle, Chris Smith’s soul mate and dearest friend, have been in Vermont for the last 2 months visiting with Michelle’s very large and loving family.
Michelle passed away early this morning in Chris’s loving arms.
Dan will travel Monday evening to Vermont and travel back with Chris, getting home Saturday or Sunday. This will be a very hard trip back for Chris, and Dan is going to do his best to be there for his very best of friends through this hard time.
Dan and Chris go back a long time. They built their “Cleanexs” together and have kindred spirits like no one else. Chris and Michelle were considered the closest of family. Our boys thought of them as Uncle Chris and Aunt Michelle, and all three of our boys have shed many tears knowing that our dearest Michelle has passed. Today has been a tough day for all of us.
Our goal now is to get Chris home to Florida, safe and sound. Unfortunately this will prevent us from being at Thomasville. We are sincerely sorry, but hope you understand.
Please keep Chris and Michelle, and her family in your thoughts. If you can please come and see us in Barnwell, SC KBNL on Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 8th-10th.
With the heaviest of hearts,