RIP Kyle Lynn Thomas aka Zippy |
Confessions, Faith

Best Funeral Ever – Kyle Thomas RIP

RIP Kyle Lynn Thomas aka Zippy |

This is my first cousin, Kyle.

August 10, 2016, Kyle was shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To be honest, we don’t really know what happened. The people that were there know what happened, but I’m getting stories that don’t even mesh at this point.

What we do know is that Michael Charles Jester, from Arkansas (apparently) thought Kyle had stolen his wallet (apparently) and shot Kyle over it. Then somehow shot himself in the hand. (I’m thinking Kyle fought for his life, and the guy got shot in the hand, but that is just my opinion because I know for a fact that my Kyle wouldn’t go down without a fight.) A Good Samaritan saw Kyle laying in the driveway bleeding, and loading him up into the bed of his truck and took him to the QuikTrip to get help. They even talked about how this man had blood on him. This is the story that was reported by the news stations the morning of the shooting.

You can watch the video of Jester running from the police here, on this dashcam video.

Here is the video telling about the Good Samaritan, and much more crime scene footage.

Now, there are more stories circulating about how this chick named Jacalyn Renee Ketcherside dropped Kyle off at the QuikTrip. Then she (apparently) ran, and was arrested later and is in the Rogers County Jail at the time this is being published.

So there are a few things that don’t mesh. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads, I am gonna go all Joe Kenda on this folks and find out the truth. Don’t even think for a minute that I won’t.

Part of the reason I wanted to write this post about my cousin, Kyle, is because of his funeral. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you things were all rainbows and roses in his life. Kyle fought addiction from an early age, and it landed him in prison. He was out of prison almost two years when that addiction got the best of him. The only thing that could get the best of Kyle was death.

These are the things I remember about Kyle. If you knew him, your memories might be different, but I can’t imagine by much.

Kyle loved everyone. He would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it, and after hearing some stories from his friends he literally gave someone the shirt off his back. If someone didn’t have a place to go for the holidays he would bring them to spend the holidays with us, his family. He loved hugs, and he always told people that he loved them. But only if he really loved you. He was the life of the party, and if there wasn’t a party there was before he left. He made us all laugh, smile, and sometimes cry (only because we were laughing so hard).

Kyle touched a lot of lives in his short time on this earth. I witnessed this by seeing all of the people at his funeral. I don’t want to offend anyone by saying this, but if you know me then you know I mean this in a good way. Kyle’s funeral was the best I have ever been to, hands down. The pastor was great, the singing was fantabulous (props to our cousin Darsha for that), and the people were all touched by Kyle in some way.

When the funeral was over I was able to watch each and every friend of Kyle embrace his mom. They would share a story, condolences, a laugh or just a cry. I watched as every walk of life walked through that line. Business men/owners, elementary/jr.high school friends, friends from truck driving school, friends of his mom, drug addicts, recovering addicts, felons, and most of all loved ones. There were whites, blacks, Mexican, etc. There were hippies, bald guys, and beauties. Every walk of life was in that chapel, and there was only one reason – Kyle. I have never felt so honored to sit in a room full of people in my life. We all loved Kyle! We were in it together! We all had something in common, and Kyle brought us all together.

I told my husband, Butch and several other people, that if there was a funeral for Jesus today that is what it would look like. People from all walks of life, all kinds of circumstances, but all of them loved by Him!

I don’t know how all this death thing works, but I truly wish that Kyle could’ve looked down to see how many lives he touched.

He knew the Lord, and he loved the Lord! I will see Kyle again some day!

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  • Reply Matthew Morgan August 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I hope I’m that influential. Poignant, and well said my friend.

  • Reply August 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Amen! May we all learn to love like Jesus love and impact others for God’s glory. Beautiful tribute Julie!

  • Reply BB August 25, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Oh Julie… I am so very sorry for your loss… I always think it’s such a shame we wait til funerals to gather and celebrate the great people in our lives. Sending love over the waves xxx

  • Reply Ginger August 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful, Julie, excellent perspective, you are so right. 💘 you and I’m so sorry for your loss of Kyle.

  • Reply Melanie August 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful experience even though you were all there because someone was gone. All walks of life…..I love that. Kyle sounds like someone who really lived life and didn’t play it “safe”. We may choose different paths but there are those who will bring us all together. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Reply Paige Foreman August 25, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Well said my friend. Keeping your family in my prayers!

  • Reply Jimmy Burkey August 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Julie I’m so very sorry for your loss but more over the circumstances. Life is far too precious for petty things like any of this to cause loss of a life. Prayer for your strength and guidance through this endeavor. GOD bless

  • Reply Hengly November 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I am sorry to hear this Julie. Please be strong and go on your way I believe that is what he want.
    GOD Bless

  • Reply Christopher Eason May 31, 2018 at 12:13 am

    We all loved Kyle “zippy” and he will surely be missed..

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