Consignment store owner raises money for teen's headstone
SMYRNA, Tenn. -
Following a Smyrna High School senior's untimely death over Labor Day weekend, a consignment store is helping raise money for the teen's headstone.
Matthew Grissom was swimming with friends near the Walter Hill Dam earlier this month when he went underwater without resurfacing.
Crews recovered his body hours later.
Upon learning Grissom's family could not afford to purchase a tombstone for their loved one, Angel Cocanougher, owner of A Second Look Consignment, decided to start collecting donations to help with the cost.
"He was my son's friend and I'm real close to his mother. My heart just breaks for her. Losing a child, I can't imagine what she's going through," Cocanougher said. "I just feel like she shouldn't have to worry about coming up with the money, in her loss right now."
Cocanougher hopes to raise $2,500 for the family in just two weeks. Currently, she has collected $650.
Anyone who would like to help the Grissom family can stop by A Second Look located at 289 North Lowry Street in Smyrna, behind Shoney's restaurant, to make a donation.