TOP PHOTO:  Maci Dupuy (left) with cousins Adley, often called Sissy, and Alex Bullman.


LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Being born at the same hospital, on the same day, just hours apart from your cousin would have to be considered a little unique and certainly special.  Such is the case for cousins Alex Bullman and Maci Dupuy.

Moms, sisters Chesni Bullman and Kodi Dupuy, gave birth to their children on April 21, 2011, at Parkwest Medical Center at Knoxville.  Alex came into the world at 6:48 pm at 7 pounds and 9 ounces while Maci followed at 10:13 pm at 8 pounds and 4 ounces.  As a result, the pair is called special “twin” cousins.

Celebrating birthdays together was a family tradition for Maci and her cousin Ax as she called him before she was able to say Alex.  Sixteen months after the pair was born, Alex’s sister Adley was born.

Alex called his sister Adely, Sissy.

“Alex loved everybody and was just your typical little rotten, mischievous boy,” said his Aunt Kodi Dupuy, often called Ko Ko.  She went on to say that he was a “thinker” recalling the time he was up under his little sister’s walker wondering how to take it apart.  Being called Ryce, his middle name, generally meant, he was in trouble or close to it.  “He was just a precious child,” added Ko Ko.

Fishing was one of the things, among many, he wanted his dad Joe to teach him, and he did.

Sissy would even drag a line with Dad and Alex.

It was well established that Alex had sports heroes, though it was quite evident his real hero was right there at the house; his dad, Joe.  Alex was always raring and ready to go play ball or get his dad to play NBA or Madden games on the Xbox as soon as Joe walked through the door after a long day at work.

Alex had a great love for his grandparents, and he really enjoyed spending time with them.  However, he often doubled as his Poppy’s shadow.  Where ever Poppy Wayne Morris went is where Alex always wanted to go.  “He was Poppy’s right hand man,” said Aunt Kodi.  Whether it was a tractor ride or time on the four-wheeler, where Poppy Wayne was you’d likely find Alex.  The family farm at Sugar Hollow is where Poppy raises cattle, and the place where many fun times were had by the inseparable pair.

(Left to right) Maci Dupuy, Adley and Alex Bullman

Sadly, last week, Maci lost her special “twin” cousin.  Alex died from injuries sustained in an accident.  Private services for the nine-year old will be held this week.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/19/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ALEX BULLMAN FAMILY)