Kimberly D. Salyer
“Forever Our Princess”
I truly believe some souls are too special, too beautiful, to be kept from heaven…
Kimberly Dawn Salyer, age 18, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Bristol Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained in automobile accident. She was born July 19, 1987, in Bristol Tennessee. Kimberly was a student of John S. Battle High School Class of 2005 and worked at Brides and More. She had made her home in the Bristol area all of her life and attended Victory Baptist Church.
Kimberly was extremely sweet, funny, silly and a little “dingy” at times, I guess that’s what made her who she was. She loved children (which is why I think it is so ironic that her heart should go to a child of 10). She was always looking for ways to help others, she would do anything for anyone. Basically she just loved life. A prime example is that she signed to be an organ donor when she got her license at 16. She was always doing something with her friends or brother Tanner. She and Tanner were inseparable, which is uncommon for siblings that young, usually siblings are at each others throat, but not Kimber and Tan. I don’t know maybe because this was the plan God chose for her, He also chose to give Tanner something extra special to hold onto by their closeness. It almost seems that God had her do a lot of unordinary extra things recently. She and her Dad took off together to Gatlinburg and drove go-carts and went shopping just a week or so before the accident. Another thing she did was climb into bed between her grandparents a few nights before the accident and decide that she was going to sleep there that night…what 18 year old does that? She would call her Mamaw and tell her “I don’t want to be alone, can you come home now?” It’s almost as if a “sixth sense” had stepped in and led her to do things that were extra special.
Kimberly had been working at the bridal shop (Brides & More) with her Mamaw Shirley and Aunt Bobbie. She made such impressions on some of the girls and people that walked through that door. An example of that is a young lady who is getting married soon. She has chosen a theme for her wedding of “Black & Diamonds”. Kimberly made such an impression on this young lady that she came to the funeral and amazingly gave Shirley & Bobbie a crystal heart that she had bought right after she became engaged. Now she had only met Kimberly a couple of times, but this is a perfect example of the magical ability Kimberly possessed to share of herself and capture them with her caring.
Kimber you were an amazing person and you STILL continue to amaze those by the lives you’ve touched.
We miss and love you Kimber! You will forever be our princess!