By Betty Gandee

Photos courtesy of friends and family.

Jason Grose and Shella Cross got the news this past week no parent should hear. Dylan Grose went missing while traveling from Tyler County to his home in Clay County. His vehicle and body were found in a single vehicle accident in Doddridge County on Friday afternoon. As his parents, friends, and the community mourns the loss of a soul taken too soon, the outpouring of support and memories provides some comfort in such a sad time. Not an unfamiliar scene in Clay County, as in times of grief and despair this community always shows up to be there for one another.
Dylan’s father says that his son was an exceptional human being, full of love and laughter. He had compassion and empathy towards others that you rarely see in a person. He was a jokester and always wanted to make people laugh. People were naturally drawn to him, and his younger brother and sister looked up and admired his charismatic personality. After speaking with some of Shella’s closest friends, one thing she will always remember is how Dylan’s smile could light up the entire room and how his outgoing personality was contagious.
His friend Trae Stout recalls many nights playing…

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