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East Tennessee mother receives letter from son after his death

Posted: Updated: May 20, 2014 01:21 AM
Cameron Sharp died in a car accident in January 2013 at age 17. Cameron Sharp died in a car accident in January 2013 at age 17.
This letter, written by Cameron Sharp, was sent to his mother a year after he died. This letter, written by Cameron Sharp, was sent to his mother a year after he died.
Cameron's mother, Gail Sharp, says she's glad her son's teacher sent the letter. Cameron's mother, Gail Sharp, says she's glad her son's teacher sent the letter.
ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. -

An East Tennessee couple got a special delivery in the mail earlier this month, a letter from their son who died last year.

The letter was written by Cameron Sharp who was killed in January 2013 when the car he was riding in hit a truck at the interchange of highways 61 and 441 in Norris.

He was only 17, and just months away from graduating high school.

The letter read, "Dear Cameron. On this day my brother will graduate from middle school. On the same day I watched the movie Night at the Museum. My favorite teacher is Mr. Cawood."

Those words meant the world to his mother, Gail Sharp, and it arrived just ahead of a difficult day.

"I wasn't looking forward to Mother's Day, and then we got that letter, and it did make it special," she said.

Cameron wrote the 30-word letter in 2007, when he was a Norris Middle School student.

It was part of an assignment given by his American History teacher, Dale Caldwell.

Caldwell said, "The assignment was for them to write themselves a letter and to talk about things they dreamed about and hoped about. Who was their best friend, what was their favorite movie."

The teacher then mailed the letters to the students the month of their high school graduation.

Cameron’s letter arrived at his parent’s home this month, a year after the teen would have graduated.

"When I ran across his, for just a moment, I paused and asked myself, 'Do I mail this?' But I knew that probably it would be really special to his mother,” the teacher said.

Cameron’s mother said she was very glad he decided to send the letter.

It’s very special to her, especially since it's her son’s handwriting.

"I treasure it. I could tell by the envelope that it was Cameron's handwriting,” Sharp said. “I always thought his penmanship was atrocious. I always told him that he needs to practice on his penmanship, but looking at it now it's a treasure to us.”

Sharp plans to put the letter in a memorial book dedicated to her late son.

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