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Mindful memorial

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bob Lybarger stands next to markers for his parents, Herschel and Marjory Lybarger, Friday as part of an annual ceremony the family has in honor of their parents, who were killed by a drunk driver Nov. 29, 1989. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Service remembers drunk driving double fatality

Since 1989, Bob and Jerry Lybarger have conducted a memorial service for their parents.

On Nov. 29, 1989, Herschel and Marjory Lybarger were killed by a drunk driver on the west edge of Brazil off United States 40.

With the exception of 2008, the family has gathered at the site, in front of Grace Chapel Ministries, in remembrance.

The event is sponsored in part through Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

On Friday, Bob Lybarger and others gathered at the site to remember Herschel and Marjory.

"We really wish we didn't have to do this," Bob said. "But (drunk driving) is an ongoing thing. It's a terrible thing."

Bob currently lives in Lizton and traveled to Brazil Friday morning for the annual ceremony. His brother was not able to attend Friday's event.

Bob told a small group of people, who also gathered, family members came to the area a few months ago to paint the crosses that are placed in front of the church in honor of his parents.

The crosses, he said, were not in great shape and needed replacing. He said the original crosses still stood until a few months ago when he received a phone call.

The call he received informed him Grace Chapel Ministries members Jodi and Tony Travis placed new crosses at the site.

"There are still a lot of good people out there," Bob said Friday.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Brazil City Police Department also attended Friday's ceremony.

"It's a campaign with MADD for the holiday season,' Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

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I remember this accident.

My mom and her husband at the time were a part of Search & Rescue. We were on our way home (to Cory) when they were called to the scene. I sat in the car with my siblings (away from the main accident of course) while they helped with the accident.

I can remember how upset my mom was for awhile afterwards.

There are far too many accidents due to driving under the influence. I pray that one day soon that it will no longer be an issue.

Prayers still go out to the family who lost their loved ones and Thanks go out to the couple of provided the new crosses. I live just a jog down the road from the site and I pass by them all of the time. I actually noticed that the markers were newer looking.

-- Posted by JQuick on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 12:19 AM

I, too, remember this accident. My husband was one of the police officers who had to work the accident. It was horrible.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 8:01 PM

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