Memorial

Memorial

Christopher Simon

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Died

The way he tried to make everybody smile. He was always quick to jump in and help if you needed. And we miss his smile. For so long it hid so much pain but you could always tell when he was genuinely happy and it was always a wonderful sight to behold.

Tell us about your loved one.

Chad Simon had a zeal for many things in life. He loved talking to his mom and gushing about his little sister. He loved playing sports with his nephews. He loved sharing music videos with his father and he loved talking politics with his older sister. He loved Saturdays in the Fall because he could watch college football and his beloved Georgia Southern Eagles and Georgia Bulldogs. And most of all Chad wanted to make people happy. If you needed a friend he would be there, if you needed help Chad would offer, if you needed a smile Chad would provide it and he rarely asked for anything in return because that is just who he was.

Tell us about Christopher's struggle with addiction

My brother's struggle with addiction lasted over half of his life. It started with alcohol in middle school then illicit drugs in high school. At some point he moved to prescription drugs that he supplemented with more illicit drugs. He used the drugs to mask his depression and his anxiety. And he spent a portion of his last summer in rehab. He tried so hard to overcome it. He gave up his job and his house, his friends so that he could stay away from that life. But the drugs kept calling his name and he relapsed. He remained clean for several months but what it all came down to was the 6 days following the relapse. We begged and pleaded with him to see that this time it obviously wasn't under control, that he was taking it too far. But he was stubborn. And he had used for too long so he just knew he had it under control. Except he didn't and now he is a statistic.

What made Christopher smile?

His family. He loved his mother, little sister and nephews more than words could ever convey. He was working hard to repair his relationship with his father and his older sister and had come a long way and that brought a sense of relief to him.

What do you miss most about Christopher?

The way he tried to make everybody smile. He was always quick to jump in and help if you needed. And we miss his smile. For so long it hid so much pain but you could always tell when he was genuinely happy and it was always a wonderful sight to behold.

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