Recently, our community suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Kymball Duffy, a junior at Yellville-Summit High School and member of the Panthers' football team.
Kymball was on his way home with four other boys to share in the pre-game meal his mother had prepared for the team prior to Yellville-Summit hosting the Salem Greyhounds in a non-conference football game.
A horrendous roll-over accident claimed the life of Kymball Duffy and sent the other four boys to the hospital. The whole area echoed with sounds of disbelief and true grief.
An outpouring of love and support seemed to emanate from every corner of our county and it made us very proud to be part of such a caring, giving and loving town.
Hopefully, the family will be comforted by the sheer number of friends who attended the memorial service held for Kymball on the football field, along with the visitation and "last game" service.
It was so heartwarming to have the Salem Greyhounds attend the "last game" service.
What a class act they are.
Having Kymball's cousin as a member of their team gave them added reason to be part of this farewell and having them travel to Yellville and support the Panther football team emphasized the true meaning of what sports should be -- that the opposing teams play hard and aggressively on the ball field and then, when the game is over, the players are friends with common interests, common goals and respect for each other.
Both teams were obviously moved, as they acknowledged Kevin and Kari Duffy (Kymball's parents) and then proceeded to pass by and touch Kymball's helmet and casket.
Several more people from Salem were also at the visitation and "last game" service and their show of support attested to the fact that, when an accident like this happens, everyone is affected and feels the impact.
I know the community deeply appreciates the kindness and support shown by our Salem friends.
We hope the entire Duffy family will be comforted knowing how much their son was loved by this community.
We pray their faith, family and friends will help them heal and give them peace.
Dee and Hasty Williams