Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 5, 2014

Updates on some friends

— So, lots of folks have asked me about the Bartons and the Arnetts.

The Bartons had an amazing benefit last Sunday. There was great barbecue, all the sides, plentiful desserts, a raffle, a 50/50, an auction (where I made a haul, thank you Mr. Kirk!) and great music by The Sloane McCain Band (who was that drummer, anyway?), Mickey Montemayor and the Petty Boys.

Sure, it was hot, which made those huge water fans a great commodity, but in the shade it was pleasant and a good time was had by all, I believe. Tammie McWhorter and her band of volunteers did a great job pulling that off... and raised over $10,000 to help RaeCene and Lane!

In case you missed the story last week in the Daily Sun, Lane Barton was diagnosed recently with Level Four glioblastoma, and has undergone some surgery, and very expensive treatments. For a time he had no health insurance. The family is so grateful for all the ways people have blessed them — with meals brought, yard mowed, some volunteers even came over and took out the bathtub and put in a walk-in shower, to make things easier for Lane.

He is taking daily radiation treatments, since his tumor is in a place that makes it inoperable. There is an account set up for them at Bank of America, under Rae Cene Barton. If you wish to donate to this family, or the spirit moves you, please do.

Brad and Leecia Arnett are a precious couple as well who have been through one medical drama after another. Leecia has battled multiple sclerosis and breast cancer; Brad has been a few rounds with kidney disease and transplant, and most recently cancer in his ear which required an in-depth surgery. Brad now needs a new kidney, as his transplanted one is 19 years in his body. He’s been on the list for two years, and once his number is called, will have surgery, and have to miss some time from work.

A garage sale last weekend did not do as well as planned, as the air conditioning in the old Stewart Motor Company building went kaput prior to the sale. But Jim Stewart graciously offered the venue to them another weekend, July 26, so if you have items you wish to donate to this garage sale, please plan for that day.

Also, a benefit is in the works for September. Rest assured the Daily Sun will keep you posted on new developments for that, or check out the page on Facebook: Brad and Leecia Arnett Benefit.

I go way back with both Rae Cene and the Arnetts, and they are all fine, Christian folks who just happen to find themselves in the midst of life’s storms. The Bible says we are to help our felllow man, be the hands and feet of Jesus to one another. So I ask you to pray about how God would have you help, or someone else you know who may be in need.

Not-so-random acts of kindness ... that’s why we’re here.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at

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