Ballpark sign memorial for young life lost

Error message

  • Notice: Undefined index: taxonomy_term in similarterms_taxonomy_node_get_terms() (line 518 of /home/etypeam2/public_html/mexianews/sites/all/modules/similarterms/similarterms.module).
  • Notice: Undefined offset: 0 in similarterms_list() (line 221 of /home/etypeam2/public_html/mexianews/sites/all/modules/similarterms/similarterms.module).
  • Notice: Undefined offset: 1 in similarterms_list() (line 222 of /home/etypeam2/public_html/mexianews/sites/all/modules/similarterms/similarterms.module).

Brian Hullum, president of the Mexia Baseball-Softball Association and Cammecia Strain show attendees the sign created to honor Strain’s son, T’Aveon ‘T.T. Johnson, who was killed in a car wreck last summer. T.T., who was active in baseball, was only 8 years old when he lost his life. Behind Hullum and Strain are many family members and friends who turned out to honor their loved one. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
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.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.