Funeral Services Set For Victims of Double Homicide

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday for a Deep Gap couple who were victims of a double homicide last week.

Services for Tanya Trandum Borlase and Jeffrey “Jeff” David Borlase will be held Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2019, at 2:00 o'clock, at Alliance Bible Fellowship, according to Hampton Funeral Home.

One of the Borlase eight children, Tristan Borlase, has been charged in the double homicide which occurred on Wednesday, April 10th. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said on Friday that the investigation is continuing.    

The couple's obituary includes a tribute from their children which reads: “Our parents never got the chance to live for themselves because they were always living for us. We can find comfort in the fact that they were each other’s true loves and that they are still together, looking down on us and grieving with and for us, but not in pain. Dad dedicated himself to working hard to provide for our family, but never missed a chance to hug us, tell us he loved us, leave a cute note on our windshield, come to a sporting event, or tell us he was proud of us. Dad led by example when he loved with whole heart, unconditionally, encouraging us to chase after God’s calling while supporting us in every aspiration. From the first day of his high school summer job, Dad knew he had met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. And he did. He fell in love with good reason as Mom had to grow up way too fast, but allowed us to grow up slow. She was the most patient, forgiving, selfless person who would give too much of herself to make sure not only her children and family were okay, but also friends, strangers, and animals. Her life was devoted to praying, advocating for, and unconditionally loving her children. Jeff and Tanya were always an incredible joy to their parents, and always a source of pride. Every life who encountered our parents was left impacted, inspired, and changed. Our parents made the world better and we hope to continue that legacy, loving people, fiercely and reaching hearts for Jesus.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the family, established by Blowing Rock Parks & Rec, in care of Autumn, PO Box 47, Blowing Rock North Carolina, 28605 (Please make checks payable to Alexis Borlase), or to the MSC Education Fund, in care of Manhatten Supply Company, 525 Harbour Place, Davidson, North Carolina, 28036. 

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