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Small Town Mourns The Loss Of Twin Brothers

The mourners came Saturday afternoon, until they overflowed the funeral home. They brought flowers and tributes to Shaun and Bryan Jones, two young men who had touched so many people.

"They were like brothers to me," Sophomore Dwight Etheridge said. "I'd do anything for them. Anything they ever asked me, I'd do it for them."

Teammate Kyle Rogers said the twins had a special gift. "They had this ability to make you laugh. It's great. They could just look at you and smile and you'd be laughing for no reason. They just had that personality whenever they were around you."

By the family's request, the two caskets were connected for two brothers, friends since birth, who were never separated.

"They left us with a lot of good memories," said Martin's Mill coach Trae Moore. "They were just great guys."

At the cemetery, their one-time basketball teammates served as their pallbearers.

"The pleasure of being a pallbearer," Rogers said, "Is the greatest gift that I can give them right now."

"Those guys were great people," Etheridge said. "They touched everybody they saw, everybody they walked up to. Everybody respected them for who they were."

For the people of Martin's Mill, today was one last chance to say goodbye and remember Shaun and Bryan Jones.

Dwight Etheridge will always remember Shaun and Bryan as "Brothers...forever...and they'll always be in my heart."

The family has asked that memorials be made as donations to the Martin's Mill Athletic Department. The twins' father, Earnest Jones, is still in the hospital in critical condition from Monday's wreck.

Reid Kerr reporting.

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