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Man's ashes spread at Gobbler's Knob

By: Deven Clarke

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- An argument between a mother and a son in Maine ends with the son committing suicide.  It happened more than four years ago.

When Hallie Twoney argued with her son Christopher about his future career choices, she said she had no idea it would escalate to him killing himself.

She said she is now turning her feelings of regret into a mission that will spread his story and his ashes around the world, including the home of Groundhog Day celebration at Gobbler's Knob in Jefferson County.

Twoney said Christopher was honorably discharged from the Air Force and went back home to Maine where he worked as a security guard.

"My last words to him were in anger," she said. "I never hugged him, I never said I love you."

Christopher was cremated and this past November his mother said she decided to continue his legacy as an Airman and have people spread his ashes all over the world, in places he's never been.

She started an effort on social media to enlist people to help spread his ashes.  The request went viral with more than 6,000 people volunteering to help.

That's how Scott Morgan from Punxsutawney got involved.

I came across a post about this and I opened it up and decided to start reading it," he said.

Morgan said being a military man himself made him have an instant connection.

"That's pretty much what happened," Morgan said. "It hit my heart."

On Monday, Morgan poured a small bag of Christopher's ashes beside a bush at Gobbler's Knob.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times