My dad used to say the older he got, the faster the years went by. As a young whippersnapper, I thought that was just another one of those “old people’s” expressions. After all, he was in his 60’s.
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Funerals are generally sad affairs and that of Donald Clark was no different.
A crowd of uncomfortable folks sat in a funeral home chapel and listened to two preachers and watched Clark's family suffer.
Their period of suffering has been more anguished and protracted than most.
Donald was buried January 24 - 66 days after he died a violent death. Donald's ex-wife and her lover allegedly put a plastic bag over his head and bashed him with a metal baseball bat.
They wrapped his body in the sheets and blanket on which he lay and dumped it in a cornfield. Through the long investigation, neither exhibited a shred of remorse.
Donald was found on Christmas Eve - a holiday that will never be the same for his surviving loved ones.
From that point until Saturday afternoon, his body was at the state crime lab for all the testing that goes with a high-profile, murder case autopsy.
No one deserves to die like Donald did.
As Donald's coffin was carried to the grave, a bright sun broke through a dreary, daylong haze and his last rites were conducted in the light. It seemed fitting that his body, which lay shrouded and decomposing for weeks, was laid to rest in the light.
That decomposition process denied his family a last look at him - another painful thorn for the grieving.
Through the entire ordeal, Donald's sister Brenda Maddox has been a rock. Her strength has earned my utmost respect.
When all the preaching and praying were done, Brenda distributed flowers among Donald's parents, children and other family members.
One by one they approached the coffin and laid the blossoms atop it.
Their misery was palpable.
I wish everyone responsible for punishing Donald's killers had been there to see it. Sadly, none were.
This case demands swift and severe punishment. Nothing less is acceptable.
This is not a case for plea bargaining or deal making.
It is a case for making a harsh example of two cold-blooded killers who acted with malice on their minds.
Remember that as the story continues to unfold.
Do what you can - use whatever influence you may have - to make sure justice is served.
By the time you read this, the ‘little bastards’ will likely have arrived at my house.
Mr. Webster of the dictionary fortune defines bastard thusly: a person born of parents not married to each other; a child begotten and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate child.
Nowadays, it seems more children are born out of wedlock than in it so the term bastard is used more often to describe someone who cuts you off in traffic or otherwise adds an additional challenge to your day.
The inauguration of the President of the United States is always an historic occasion, but when Barack Obama is sworn in today as our 44th president and our first African-American president it will be especially so.
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otis was brought to the local pound wednesday with an injury to his foot. usually injured dogs are euthanized immediately but otis is different. he is so sweet he was given a reprieve and sent to barnesville animal clinic.