SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
Thousands of East Texans are remembering a man many say was a very special doctor. Saturday, Dr. Tom Eynon of White Oak was killed in a car wreck on Highway 271.
The crash happened around 2 p.m., just south of FM 16. Three of his children were in the vehicle with him. Eynon, who was 43 years old, died at the scene. Family members say Eynon's young son passed away Tuesday and two of his daughters remain hospitalized.
In Longview, where Eynon practiced, there is no shortage of people who say Dr. Eynon changed their lives.
"There have been times where I couldn't even get out of my bed and he would come to my house, pick me up, and take me to his truck and to his office. This story that I'm telling could be told hundreds of times," says Richard Jones, a patient and friend of 17 years.
From the cards and flowers left at Eynon's Longview chiropractic office, to the Facebook page in his honor, friends, family and patients are posting memories by the minute.
"It's unheard of for one man to reach so many people through a doctor's office," says Vincent Rowe, a patient of 10 years.
Rowe and Jones knew Eynon for more than a decade and say they've never met anyone like him.
"He was just a person that cared so much that you could genuinely feel love, mercy and grace just flowing from him," adds Rowe.
"I wish that I could be the kind of man that he was-- as father and a husband and a servant. I wish his story could be told all around the world," says Jones.
"All of the people that Tom has reached in this community... I know that no matter what happens, that family is never going to be alone," says Lindsay Metzger.
Metzger is another patient who was touched by Dr. Eynon.
"It was more than just a business. It was a ministry and all of the ladies up there [at the office...] it was personal. It was like family," explains Metzger.
Those who loved Eynon are grieving, but determined to honor the doctor who gave them so much.
"If anybody could do anything to honor him, I think the biggest thing they could do --because he loved his Lord, Jesus Christ-- is to tell everybody they know about him and to continue the kind deeds and acts of love and service that he did. That'll make not only a better person but a better world. That's what Tom did... he made this a better place and a better world to live in," says Rowe.
Family members say local chiropractors have volunteered to help keep Eynon's practice running while his family recovers. They say the office is their only source of income. If you'd like to help the Eynon family, click here.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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