Beautifully Broken | The story of The Bottoms Family…

Posted on August 29, 2017 by J. Chad Pendley under Grief Help
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Beautifully Broken | The story of the Bottoms family was beautifully written by Elizabeth Cossick, editor with Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon.

From time to time Elizabeth Cossick will reach out to see if we want to publish any new information in her magazine that may be relevant to her readers.  Being a funeral home… that can be tough for her readers!  Although we try to invite her to hear some of the stories that we get to hear and let her give these stories a platform to be spoken from.  This is where we introduced her to the Bottoms Family and the story of their son, John Tate.

What is told in this article is a heart wrenching story of John Tate’s short life and how David and Brittney (The Parents) used their faith to guide them through some impossible decisions.  John Tate was born with Trisomy 13, a rare condition of the chromosomes.  Brittney and David knew that their baby boys life would be very short but what they did not know was the impact that beautiful little boy would have on this world.

With Elizabeth creating this platform and David and Brittney having the courage to share their story, many lives will be touched.  As this is rare condition it is still something that we see parents suffer through all the time.  The purpose of telling this story is to give those families hope and show them how much beauty can come from just a few hours of life.  The Bottoms family is so humble that they would never want any attention on theirselves through their grief but they were not going to waste a moment to help inspire others with hope through their story.

Sometimes when in despair a story of hope is all we need to give us the courage to go on each day.  We are very thankful to have this family in our community and we enjoy seeing the Bottoms family continue to grow!


To read the story please click here to visit the publishers website.


Chad is a licensed professional and is a native of Cobb County, growing up in Powder Springs and currently living in Marietta Ga. After graduating from McEachern High School Chad attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and graduated as a Master Artist of the Pi Sigma Eta Honorary Mortician Fraternity. He was the recipient of the Bill Pierce award and Daniel E. Buchanan award, recognizing him as a leader in the funeral profession. A member of the Marietta Metro Rotary and different organizations in his profession, Chad also participates in monthly activities promoting the funeral home and networking with other professionals in the area. He is a member and attends Westridge Church in Dallas Ga. He is married to Kristin and as a proud father, Chad enjoys the time he gets to spend with his family and that usually revolves around the softball fields. He has a gift of developing a warm, helpful, and strong relationship with the families he serves and is a valuable source of knowledge at Mayes Ward Dobbins.

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