By Cliff Stoddard on December 17, 2002
Our son, Christopher Ian Stoddard, Citadel Class of 2000, Bravo Company, Palmetto Battery, tragically drowned on December 8, 2002 while swimming laps at the Jacksonville, Arkansas Community Center near Little Rock Air Force Base.
He had achieved all his dreams by becoming an Air Force officer and C-130 pilot. The Class 0f 2000 spread the word rapidly and were there to support us in out time of need. The next many days/weeks/months and even years will be very difficult.
Because he loved The Citadel so much, we are working on establishing a scholarship in his name there.
Please take this time to call, write, hug and kiss your children, as we find that we are not invincible after all. He was is great shape and we still don't understand how he could possibly have drowned in a lap pool with a lifeguard present. We realized that we already missed him after he graduated and started his own adult life, but now will not see him continue on his path to greatness. I am very sorry to have to post this but I knew many of you parents would want to know and would understand. God bless Christopher and The Citadel Class of 2000.
Cliff, Chirstina Alex and Michael Stoddard
STODDARD, CHRISTOPHER IAN, 1st LT. USAF
On Sunday, December 8, 2002, the beloved son of Christina P. and Clifford C. Stoddard Jr.; brother of Alexander and Michael Stoddard; grandson of James Blakley Jr., Osvaldo and Marlene Alvarado, Anna Mae and Clifford C. Stoddard Sr.
He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of whom loved him dearly. Friends may call at THE GEORGE P. KALAS FUNERAL HOME, 6160 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD on Friday, December 13 from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 14 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 5400 Henderson Way, Camp Springs, MD from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors on Thursday, January 9 at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
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