it's a tearful goodbye to a western Kentucky mother and eight children who died last week in a Muhlenberg County house fire. Family, friends, and state officials were in Greenville to offer their support, and remember the lives of the nine members of the Watson family as they're laid to rest.
One by one, they came.
"Disbelief. Could not believe it," says Dan Pentimone, who came in from Kansas City to attend the funeral.
Friends, family, and first responders remembered Nikki Watson and her eight children.
"I just loved them,” says Linday Gardner of Greenville. “I didn't know the kids, but Nikki was the best person in the world. She loved life. I know she was a good mother."
Hundreds were at Felix Martin Hall to say a somber farewell to those who died in the January 30th fire at their Depoy home. Investigators believe the family was sleeping when their baseboard heater caught fire. Facing unspeakable grief, one by one, friends and loved ones spoke of the good times.
"They really did a lot of things together,” Pentimone says. “They really stayed together. The children played a lot together. Just really loved one another."
The good qualities.
"Those children are precious. All of them are precious," says Rev. Tim Burden.
"Nikki Watson was all about the kids. She would die for them, and she did,” says Rev. Brad St. Clair. "Madison, loved to make things.”
As memories came to mind, one by one, so did the feelings, the emotions, and the prayers.
"It doesn't matter what you think about the situation. It doesn't matter how you feel about it. It does not change the fact that God is good," says Rev. Adam Brown. ”May God bless Chad and Kylie."
As the hearses left one by one, for their final resting place, they were followed by solemn procession of family and friends who came from near and far, making sure fond memories of the Watson nine don't fade away one by one.
"We don't want to forget the Watsons, and Chad and Kylie, and though they're lost in the fire, but I think something like this helps," Pentimone added.
The two survivors, Chad and Kylie, are still in a Nashville hospital. Nikki and her eight children were buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Depoy.