Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 11, 2014

For a community that’s hurting

Corsicana — I think all would agree that our community is hurting right now.

It seems like some weeks, our quota of tragedy and loss just goes through the roof. This is one of those weeks.

First, please let me say if I forget someone, I appreciate your forgiveness. Sadly my thoughts gel well at home when I’m alone, but not always so much in our busy newsroom when I’m trying to write this column.

On July 4, we lost a kind man in Terry Holt. I didn’t really know Terry except through Facebook, but there he was an encourager. I appreciated that about him. To take time to encourage a stranger, someone you never met in person, is a true sign of a compassionate heart. We’ve prayed for his family during this time of loss.

That same day, our friend Verna Bonner went to be with our Lord after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. I first met Verna when I had the chance to write a story about her Valentine’s tradition with her precious husband, Preston. A more dear man you could never meet. Preston had hustled around back in January of 2007 to round up Valentine cards for his dear Verna and all the grandchildren, so he could send them all to Valentine, Texas and have them arrive with that special postmark.

At the time I recall thinking, “Wow. That’s the kind of marriage I want someday.” To me, they were friends, as well as role models of Christian marriage.

When Verna’s cancer came back in 2011, Preston became such a wonderful, sensitive caregiver. On the rare occasions I saw him out somewhere without her, she was all he talked about. Verna was a neat lady who loved history, geneaology, organization, and Preston. She loved her family, too. She and Preston had gone off to Alpine where they lived for 14 years “having adventures.” How cool is that?

I know where Verna is now, and she is no longer suffering. Her dear husband and family are in our prayers too, as they cope with how to forge ahead without her physical presence.

Then there was the tragic loss of a Corsicana firefighter/paramedic. We may never know the full scope of all the lives Lt. Lou Lachney touched through his work, or through baseball with his four sons, but we are starting to get a little bit of an idea about the brotherhood, the family that is the Corsicana Fire Department. If you read the story about Lachney in this edition, you will see that the outpouring of love, offers of help, and honor is coming from fire departments all across Texas and beyond.

There is something so incredibly moving about the way these men bond together while doing a job that’s so critical, and can also be so dangerous.

We have lost others recently, as well. J.D. Burleson of Pursley passed on this week after a long battle with cancer. Though I did not know him personally, his daughter-in-law was once part of our Daily Sun family.

To help the small community of Dawson/Pursley process these losses, there will be a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Dawson City Park. The public is invited to come out and show support and honor for the Blair, Burleson, Ham, Hill and Lachney families.

Our community will heal. It will not be immediate. But if you feel led to reach out, make any kind of gesture of kindness toward these who are hurting, please follow that leading. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to one another.


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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