Posts filed under: Why We’re Here

Kara was supposed to have been an October baby.  Her parents, Roy and Millie, had already begun prepping their firstborn, Lori, for what it would mean to be a big sister.  The family was excited about her upcoming arrival when they headed out for...
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A tow-headed blonde with an adorable smile:  Mitchell “Mitch” Pewitt, Jr., was loved by the whole family!  He spent lots of time with his Uncle Roy and Aunt Millie.  He was an energetic 19-month-old and he loved their daughter, Lori,...
Lori Webb was a sweet little 4-year-old with pigtails.  She was supposed to have had a sleepover that late summer night with grandparents, but she told her Nannie that she “better not spend the night because mommy and daddy might...
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Millie Webb never asked for this story.  She didn’t care if she got to shake hands with the President.  She wasn’t looking to inspire thousands of people.  She didn’t care about being on TV or radio and she had no...
Roy Webb married his beautiful bride, Millie, in the 60’s.  Just like many typical Americans, they had big plans and dreams for their future.  By the summer of 1971, they were the ecstatic parents of a beautiful 4-year-old little girl, Lori, with...
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Mark Obert, Jr., dreamed big from a very young age.  He wore a suit for his first grade photo because he believed he would one day be President. But his love of cars changed all that.  He won First Place...
Rebecca Winkler was a Daddy’s girl! A beautiful 16-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee, she was a quiet introvert who worked very hard.  She had just finished her sophomore year of high school and had two summer jobs keeping her busy. She...
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A sweet angel – over and over, those are the words used to describe Rachel Nichole Lynch.  At 17, she had already made an incredible impact on so many as a role model and a good friend.  She had a...
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Sunflowers.  There’s a reason they were perfectly suited to Maddie Kruse’s personality.  It was said that her smile was radiant.   She was a well-rounded young lady with a bubbly personality:  a talented athlete who also had a penchant for writing...
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On Mother’s Day weekend, 1996, Phaedra, age 22, a preschool teacher who had also done some modeling on the side, was enjoying a concert with some friends not far from her hometown.  The two car loads of youth who were...