Christmas light display honors man's mother

Christmas light display honors man's mother

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The display is  in memory of Elizabeth Edmunds, who passed away at 68 in January, 2013. The display is in memory of Elizabeth Edmunds, who passed away at 68 in January, 2013.
Edmunds son, Cace Daniels, strung over 11,000 lights to remember his mother. Edmunds son, Cace Daniels, strung over 11,000 lights to remember his mother.
The home on East Burwell Avenue has become an attraction. The home on East Burwell Avenue has become an attraction.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man honored his mother in lights this Christmas season. 

It's a display in memory of Elizabeth Edmunds, who passed away at 68 in January, 2013.

"She was a true Southern gospel woman that would pray for you before she went to bed, but would cuss you out during the day if she needed to," said Edmunds son, Cace Daniels.

He says, more than any other time of the year, his mom loved Christmas.  When she died, Cace was too depressed to make an effort around the holidays.

"I wasn't going to do anything. I was going to be all bah humbug about it. Then I decided that's not what she'd want me to do. So if I made it big enough, and bright enough, she'd see it," Daniels explained.

That's how he got to work in his yard on East Burwell Avenue, stringing together 11,000 lights and other decorations, in memory of his mom.

"We've had people come by, we've seen some taking pictures and stuff like that," said neighbor Shane Lowery.

Neighbors say it's certainly made their street an attraction, uplifting the spirits of those who drive by.

"It just makes it a joyful Christmas, this is what Christmas is all about," Lowery said.

It's lights that brighten up the sadness he's dealing with this season, honoring the brightest light in his life.

"I'm hoping my mom sees this. If not, at least it makes me feel better inside and spreads cheer and hope for other people," Daniels said.

He hopes to have the lights on until after the new year, and would like as many people as possible to stop by and look at them, in memory of his mom.

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