"Parents aren't supposed to bury their child," says Cara Ownsby.
Ownsby is the mother of Michael Ryan Baker, 18, who drowned Tuesday in the Saline River.
"He was such a fine young man," she said. "Parents don't think of their children as grown up, but he was.
He'd give you the shirt off his back. He made friends with everyone, and within 10 minutes he'd be the guy people would want to hang out with."
Ownsby said she learned of her son's death in a phone call from her former husband, Michael Baker.
Michael Ryan Baker, 18, passed away June 17, 2014. He was born Aug. 22, 1995, in Little Rock.
Ryan is survived by his father, Michael Eugene Baker of Haskell; his mother, Cara Deanna Ownsby of Knoxville, Tenn.; his stepfather, Jason Allen Ownsby of Knoxville, Tenn.; his stepmother, Breanna Lynne Baker of Haskell; his sisters, Emale Deanna Torres and husband Brandon of Alexander,