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Visitation held for trooper killed in wreck

Posted September 12, 2008
Updated September 13, 2008

— Friends and family gathered Friday to remember a state trooper killed in a wreck in Wake County earlier in the week.

Trooper Andrew J. Stocks, 43, died in a collision with a garbage truck on Ten-Ten Road in Garner Tuesday afternoon. Investigators said Stocks lost control of his cruiser while responding to another wreck.

Trooper J.L. Thorpe said he spokes to Stocks about 30 minutes before the accident.

“When I found out it was him, I will be honest with you, I cried for a little while,” Thorpe said.

Visitation was held at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Road in Cary, Friday.

"He is, was a fine, fine young man, and I think that I lost a good friend," said Bob Emerson, a close friend of Stocks' parents.

Stocks graduated from Cary High School in 1983, served as a Marine in Afghanistan and completed an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq with the Army Reserves. He joined the Highway Patrol in 2004.

"His devotion to his duties, to his country, to the state of North Carolina, to his family are commendable," Emerson said. "And his habits, character and reputation were above reproach.

“We prayed for Andrew when he was in Afghanistan and we prayed for him when he was in Iraq. We never dreamed that it would be back home taking care of us in the state that something like this would happen,” family friend Catherine Williams said Friday.

Stocks is survived by his wife, Liane, and a stepdaughter. He was the 60th state trooper to die in the line of duty.

Funeral services will be held at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road in Cary, at 1 p.m. Saturday. A Highway Patrol honor guard will escort Stocks' body.

Jim Mercendetti, the Stocks’ family pastor, will speak at the funeral. He said he hopes “to give them the comfort of knowing they will see him (Stocks) again.”

A memorial fund for Stocks' family has been established at the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union. Donations can be mailed to NCSECU, Attn: Sherri Cannady, PO Box 450, Garner, NC 27529.


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  • doghousebrewery Sep 12, 2008

    A.J., I will echo reid's comments, you definately taught me well. Your safety and survival lessons travel with me everyday in EMS. You will not be forgotten my fallen brother.

  • reid47960 Sep 12, 2008

    AJ you did your duty well. RIP and thank you for all you have done. I will be keeping your family and friends in my prayers. Thanks for everything you taught me.

  • Panther Sep 12, 2008

    My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. God has a special place in heaven for Hero's like A.J. Rest in Peace

  • Adelinthe Sep 12, 2008

    RIP valiant warrior, and Semper Fi!!!

    Praying for his loved ones and comrades.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Just the facts mam Sep 12, 2008

    For those people who did not know A. J., he was a very good person, and I had more admiration and respect for him than for anyone I have ever met. I am sure he loved working for the Highway Patrol, and although it is very sad that he died, he went doing something that he loved to do.

    RIP A. J.

  • leo-nc Sep 12, 2008

    AJ was a great guy. This sure hasn't been a good year for the patrol. Two deaths in two months. It really makes you think about how dangerous the job can be. However, we don't give up because as soon as we do, the criminals have won. We keep moving on and we keep doing our job because that is what he would have wanted.

    Godspeed AJ. C352, 10-42

  • just my2cents Sep 12, 2008

    May God bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Caring Sep 12, 2008

    My prayers will be with the family today.