(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves) [Order this photo]
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
"She was a very special little girl. We were very blessed to have Korley here," said Andrea McCullough, who coached Korley. "The last year she was able to play, she went to fast pitch."
It is Field 3, where fast pitch softball is played, that now bears a sign over the backstop. "In Loving Memory of Korley Davis" is lettered in the bright green she loved. In the stands, family and friends applauded as the sign was unveiled, many of them wearing the signature color, or T-shirts bearing her likeness on the front, and an urge to become an organ donor on the back.
At the admission gate, one friend of the family made memorial pins out of bottle caps. All of the proceeds -- like those collected in admission fees Friday night -- were passed along to the Davises to help with the medical costs they still face.
State Sen, Jim Tracy and Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray were also present. Tracy led a prayer before the game, and then both he and Ray threw out the first balls.
Despite her ongoing battle, Korley played as long as she could, said McCullough, even when she had to bring her oxygen tank with her.
"She gave it her all," she said through tears. "And she united our entire community."