In past years, he hasn't been able to hand out the scholarships personally during the graduation ceremony, but he hopes to be able to do that this year.
“I haven't had the courage, but I want to try to do that this year,” Warren said of how emotionally challenging it can be.
Warren was one of the first persons on the scene the night of fateful wreck — not knowing at the time that his daughter was one of the three teens killed. A total of six teens were in the vehicle when it crashed.
“At the time I was a volunteer firefighter,” Warren said as he described being at the scene and finding his daughter among the wreckage. “It was tough, but I held her and said my goodbyes.”
His daughter was proud of her dad serving as a volunteer firefighter and enjoyed riding on the fire trucks during parades, Warren said.
“When you are in that line of work, you never think you are going to run across your own child,” Warren said.
Now, through the scholarship fund, he's able to keep her memory and spirit alive.
“We go through the scholarship applications every year and pick graduates who are really focused on going to college and whose families need assistance,” Warren said.
For more information about donating items for the fund-raiser, call Wimberg at 936-222-7946 or Warren at 903-948-0229.
McClendon family reunion held
James Alex and Misty McClendon were in charge of getting another Wayne and Sue McClendon family reunion together. This year the event was held March 29 at their home in the Hickory Hill community. They also celebrated Wayne “Bimps' McClendon's 79th birthday, which was March 30.
Justin Crutcher and Denny McClendon were in charge of the meat. Everyone brought a covered dish.
There was a storm the night before that knocked the electricity out. Those attending filled their plates inside, in the dark, and went outside to eat.