We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Graham
Tristan Alexander Qualls died suddenly at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 13, 2022. Tristan was one of a kind. A common saying in our family was “Tristan is Tristan” because they were no other words to describe him. In all things with Tristan, what you saw was what you got. Tristan was Tristan.
Our beautiful boy was born on July 21, 1986 and spent his very early years in Mebane and moved to Greensboro, the town he considered his hometown, at the age of 4. He attended Eastern Guilford Middle and High schools. Tristan earned his GED and was able to give his family the gift of seeing him walk across the stage in cap and gown. He managed the Havoline Express Lube in Burlington for many years. Tristan loved target shooting, video gaming, and was a connoisseur of all things seafood.
Tristan was preceded in death by grandparents Vance and Vina Faulk, the Reverend Rainey Qualls Jr., and Fred and Betty Hamner, aunt Dawn Qualls Benson, and uncle Jerry Faulk.
Tristan was so fortunate to have four parents who loved him dearly. He is survived by his mother and other-father Susan and Steve Hamner, both of Greensboro; father and other-mother Rainey “Bud” and Lisa Qualls.
Also surviving are grandparents Linda and David Kirby, grandmother Barbara Qualls and great-grandmother Irene Qualls. Sisters Crystal Hamner Cox (Michael), Rebecca Hamner Popoli (Kevin), Carol and little Rainey “Ray-Ray” Qualls. Aunts Nancy Litman, Terri Ridgaway, Erin Cafasso and Cindy Fontana. Uncles Bradley Qualls and Jesse Qualls. Nephews Cain Pickard (Lauren) and Andrew Popoli. Nieces Jenna and Emily Merritt, Ashley Cox, Ashley Gleason, and Elena Popoli. Also surviving are Tristan’s chosen brother, Josh Heroux and three special cousins who were more like brothers; Joey and Andy Ashley and Matthew Litman.
Tristan tragically took his own life in a moment of despair. In lieu of flowers, Tristan’s family requests that donations be made in his memory to Hopeline At Hopeline-NC.org, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention.
Services will be held at 2 o’clock on Thursday, May 19th at the McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Graham, NC. The family will receive visitors immediately after the ceremony.