Ballpark sign memorial for young life lost
By Roxanne McKnight
A Mexia family was devastated last summer – Aug. 26, 2012 – when a car accident on a rain-slicked highway near Wortham took the life of 8-year-old T’Aveon “T.T.” Johnson. Last weekend, friends and loved ones took a step to make sure T.T. is not forgotten.
T.T. had been an active member of the Mexia Baseball-Softball Association, playing baseball with his pals, one of his favorite activities. The Association had a metal sign made featuring a picture of T.T., the words “T’Aveon ‘T.T.’ Johnson, Our Hometown Hero,” the dates of his birth and death, and a phrase of encouragement, “Always Dream Big.” On Saturday, they dedicated it to be hung on the concession stand at Mexia’s Hughes City Park.
Family and friends of T.T. were on hand for the dedication and clustered around the pitcher’s mound as Association President Bryan Hullum gave a brief speech to those in the stands.
Some of those present included T.T.’s mother, Cammecia Strain, her special friend, Cedric Hannah, who was driving the car and was seriously injured in the accident, T.T.’s aunt Kristol Strain, who acts as spokesperson for the family, and many others.
The Association was having games that morning, and he stopped the game in the main field for the dedication.
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