Archive - 2011
Dean Lampkin, 75, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24.Â He was born October 9, 1936 in Danville.Â Mr. Lampkin was in sales and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Eula Lampkin; two brothers, Lavon â€śVonâ€ť Lampkin and T. C. Lampkin and a sister, Levoy Lampkin.
Not many servicemen or women have the distinction of serving in two branches of the armed services within a 48-hour period.
The late Jack Seabloom had such an opportunity.
One morning in 1946, Seabloom was called in for a special mission. His superiors dismissed him from the Army with an honorable discharge and, minutes later, inducted him into the U.S. Coast Guard.
"There was a ship that was just moving in circles. Apparently, the crew had fallen asleep. It had gotten turned around and almost collided. They wanted him to go wake (the crew) up, " said his wife, Michelle Seabloom.
LaDonna McCormack had hoped to have a new heart by Christmas.
She didn't get it, but she got the next best thing: a tiny heart pump that is literally saving her life every day.
The Heart Mate II LVAD, or left ventricle assist device, was implanted just beneath her heart a few months ago. Though McCormack's lifestyle has been modified as a result, she faces the future with optimism and gratitude for the additional years this modern medical miracle is giving her.