Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2009

Grand jury petitioners praise supporters


On behalf of a valiant legal effort to find a measure of justice in our community, the petitioners for the grand jury express our deepest thanks to Garvin County and her citizens for their trust and support throughout these proceedings. We would also like to thank the following individual persons who so greatly assisted us in the cause:

First and foremost we would like to thank Mr. Tom Horton himself, our father, colleague, teacher and friend for instilling in us, by his example, the way things ought to be. We would also like to thank our attorney, Mr. Larry Balcerak for his patient counsel and unerring legal insight in the face of overwhelming odds. Not a finer lawyer exists in all of Garvin County. Many thanks to Brenda Petty of Duncan for her expertise, professionalism and good cheer amid trying circumstances.

Great thanks go to the energetic and unforgettable Mrs. Geraldine Lister whose really awesome homemade beef jerky sustained us through those long hot summer days of petitioning. Thanks also to Charmane Wallace for her endless humor and legwork, which was indispensable through the roughest moments of the petition drive. Thanks to Debbie Freeman for her hard work and sunburn, as well.

Special thanks to Mr. L.D. Smith, a ramrod straight man of the land in the mold of Mr. Horton, who tirelessly sought out the farmers and ranchers in the farthest corners of Garvin County to spread the word about the petition.

Heartfelt thanks to Mr. Jeff Davis for the kind extended use of his real estate, the site of the legendary Sinclair station at the corner of Ash and Grant in Pauls Valley. Special thanks to all the merchants across Garvin County who brought petition books to their businesses and met us with concern and a kind word each and every day. Thank you to those persons who came out of nowhere in the 104 degree heat and brought us ice cream from McDonald’s and drinks from Sonic, fresh ice, good conversation, insight, prayers and support.

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