Then there are stories where you have to stop and take a breath and wipe a tear. We had one in Thursday’s paper.
We brought you the story of Harry and Lynn Embry, who opened their son’s Christmas Tree Farm on McElderry Road in Munford for the first time on Thanksgiving day.
They plan to take the money from the sales and put it in a scholarship fund at the University of Montevallo in his memory. Matt Embry, 33, died in an automobile accident earlier this year when he swerved to miss a car that had backed into the roadway.
The Embrys told about how Matt didn’t need the money from the tree farm, he just enjoyed the work, and had helped a friend who had a tree farm in Eastaboga. He planted his first trees five years ago, and was looking forward to his first harvest this year.
Matt had given money to help a co-worker at Honda that he barely knew after their house burned. He cut yards for people in need, at no cost, because they needed help. He was headed to cut someone’s yard when he had his accident. He cared about other people.
So do his surviving family members. They will be remembering Matt as they help the customers who come to his tree farm.
“We’re going to try to make it fun for everyone that comes through,” his mother, Lynn, said. “But there will be some tears.”
Our hearts go out to the family, and we wish them the best with the scholarship project. We think Matt would have liked the idea.