NEW WATERFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunday was a day to remember, a day to celebrate. People at Crestview High School had one person on their minds at graduation, someone who had earned his diploma just like the rest of them.
“There’s no tears for it at all. He graduated. He made the biggest accomplishment of his life,” said Darrell Wooten, a friend of Tim Walton.
Friends of Walton made sure he had a place at Crestview’s graduation Sunday. On the stage, an empty chair, covered in white. Another graduate carried a rose in his memory.
“He finished his goals. Just proud of him,” Wooten said.
Walton’s family said he was set to be a father and lined up a career as a welder.
Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed Walton. He was in the passenger seat of a car early Friday before it hit a ditch, hit a tree and flipped over.
Sunday night, friends and family of Walton held a vigil. They hugged, they laughed and for Walton’s sake, tried not to cry.
“Tim would say some choice words to us if he saw us crying. So we’re just going to smile for him,” Wooten said.
Friends and family wrote messages on cards and tied them to balloons. They remembered, most of all, his laugh.
“It was a trademark laugh for Tim. He’d just sit there, scratch the back of his neck and grin. It was just iconic for him,” Wooten said.