Families remember drowned men on Father's Day

Families remember fathers who drowned

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - They were trying to celebrate Sunday, like other families at the Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark honoring their fathers, Otis Brown Jr. and Joshua Fenley, but they can't.

"[My niece] said, 'yeah, I miss my daddy,' and we said, 'we miss him too,' and she said, 'I miss him worse,'" said Tiffanie Fenley-Brown, Joshua's sister.

The bodies of the two men were found inside a submerged vehicle in the Toogoodoo Creek in early June, just a few days after they were reported missing. The lives of the families haven't been the same since.

"I just wish they were still here," said Otis's mother, Rhonda.

Questions about how they ended up in the water that day still haunt them, "What happened? Where they alive when they hit the water? That's the only thing that really bothers me, and I think about it all the time."

They are trying to create happiness and new memories, but it is hard while grieving so deeply for their loved ones. "In the house, all you do is think about them."

They say Joshua and Otis would be right there with them at the waterpark, "His father would have been right here with us if he was here. My brother would have been her with us too if he was here."

The children the two men left behind are a constant reminder of the two people seemingly yanked out of their lives.

"He acts just like his father wanting to crack jokes and do things that make people laugh."

Though they could not be there in body, Rhonda Brown left a message for both men, "Happy Father's Day OJ and Josh, we love and miss you all."

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