It’s a labor of love for Charlotte Greathouse.
“We have our memories and our love for our loved ones,” Greathouse said.
She sets a table every at the Panama City Mall, but those with place cards will never get to take their seats. They’re the most recent victims of violent crimes in Northwest Florida.
“From 14 months old to 76 years of age this year, those remembered at the table,” Greathouse said.
Greathouse started the Missing Place at the Table eleven years ago. Her daughter Kelli Bailey who was murdered in 2001 has a permanent place at the head of the table.
This year, she is surrounded by other mothers, daughters, sons, and fathers.
In 2014, Justin Ayers was killed by a stray bullet during his newborn son’s homecoming celebration.
“There is not a boundary for the fallen world we live in, and Justin’s mother made a statement that she helped on the memory board for Kaylee Rice, who was remembered several years ago and is still on our memory board, never dreaming that she’d come to set a place for her son,” Greathouse said.
In all, about 125 people have been remembered in the last eleven years. Their names, pictures, and stories are displayed on poster boards.
The Missing Place at the Table event coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights week every year. The display is located in the Sears wing and will remain up for people to view until Sunday, April 9th.