Friends Rally Around Eric Woliver, Survivor of Plane Crash Victims

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- It was a tragic ending to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for the Woliver family and all who knew them.

Kim and Trish Woliver were killed when their Cessna 177 crashed in west Georgia Saturday afternoon. Their oldest son Alex was rushed to an Atlanta burn unit in critical condition. He died after doctors pulled him off life support Sunday morning.

As family and friends mourn the losses, they're also rallying around 22-year-old Eric Woliver who has lost his parents and only sibling.

"People just have to be there for him. As a community, and knowing that they're such a big part of it. We just have to rise up and step in where we need to or we can," said Meredith Myers, a former neighbor of the Woliver’s.

The outpouring of love and support for Eric is evident on Facebook. More than 800 people have joined a page called "Praying for Eric Woliver".

Meredith Myers grew up next door to the Woliver's in Lynn Haven. She says they treated everyone like family.

"Whenever we would carpool and stuff, she would go back and get something if you left something at home, like if you left a folder at home. If you didn't feel good she would check you in late," said Myers.

Myers says she and other friends are relying on their faith during this tough time.

"I just pray that we can help Eric get through this," said Myers.

Relatives in Knoxville say Eric took a commercial flight back to Orlando for school. He rushed to Atlanta late Saturday to be by his brother’s side. Friends say Eric was traveling back to Panama City Monday. Once he is back, they plan to organize a memorial service for the family.

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  • by Elaine Location: Knoxville on Dec 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    I do not know you personally but heard today about the loss of your family on WRJZ broadcast from Knoxville church (December 4, 2011). Eric, there are no words adequate enough to express the sadness I feel for what you are facing now. I will be praying that you will be surrounded by loving believers who will help you now and in the years to come. Because He lives we can face tomorrow... Elaine
  • by Gloria Location: PC on Nov 29, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    This is a very sad situation losing your parents then your brother. My prayers are with this young man. He will need alot of guidance and support. He's in my prayers.
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