Never too late to pay tribute, veteransPublished 6:20pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Partnering with The Selma Times-Journal on Veterans Day for the last few years, we have paid tribute to our deceased veterans by publishing a list of their names.
In doing so, the deaths reported were mainly from Dallas County as best could be obtained. A friend of mine from Perry County thought it appropriate and suggested we include those in Perry County as well. Since The Selma Times-Journal serves our next door neighbor Perry County, it only seems fitting we do so.
I realize Veterans Day 2012 has already come and gone, but a list of deceased Perry County veterans has just come into my possession. Therefore, I have always thought everyday should be Veterans Day so far as thanking and paying respect to those who gave of themselves for the safety and well being of all.
As Americans, we are blessed with those who have been willing to write a blank check payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including their life.” That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
It is important that we treat our veteran deaths with reverence and respect. That is the main reason for beginning this project of remembrance each year for those who departed our presence during the past year.
Family, friends and service organizations continue to remember these patriots by placing American flags on their graves as a symbol of our remembrance and a token of our respect and appreciation for their service to our country.
With that in mind, we submit the names of Perry County veterans who died during 2012, compliments of Kirk Funeral Homes. An attempt will be made to include the 2013 list in the regular roll call on Veterans Day 2013.
Gerald Osborne Hughey, January 14, 2012
Loren Fay Taylor, January 6, 2012
Alva A. Bates January 19, 2012
William Thomas Turley, January 29, 2012
Edward Lewis Aultman, Sr., February 24, 2012
James Leland Hartley, March 8, 2012
Dr. Joe Edward Davis, Jr., June, 20 2012
Billy Ray Sanders, July 23, 2012
Clyde Allen Jones, September 8, 2012
Robert O. Stevens, October 15, 2012
Hoyt Pierce Hayes, November 1, 2012
Louis Wesley Hoggle, November 3, 2012
Ronald Earl Palmer, November 13, 2012
William Wyatt Hammond, November 15, 2012
James Leake Scruggs, Jr., November 17, 2012
It is with a deep sense of loss and of sympathy for the family and friends we bid a belated farewell to our fellow comrades in arms. May you rest in peace. We salute you and your service to our great nation.