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Softball league adds memorial for Korley

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Davis family stands before the newly added sign at Musgrave ball field, memorializing Korley, who passed away in early February at the age of 11. Her parents, Donald and Becky Davis, and two of her sisters, Khloe and Kaitlin, were there to see the banner unveiled Friday afternoon.
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There was a sadly familiar shade of green filling the stands at the Daisye Musgrave Hulan ball park late Friday afternoon. It was the same bright, citrus shade of green that beribboned signs and mailboxes around town only months ago, urging everyone first to pray for, and then to remember, Korley Davis.

County Mayor Eugene Ray, left, and State Sen. Jim Tracy wait for the catchers to get into position before they throw out the first pitches of a preseason tournament.
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The Wheel girl who lost her battle with lung disease just shy of her 12th birthday continues to be remembered. At a special ceremony before the opening of a pre-season tournament, the Hillard Gardner Youth Softball League dedicated a field to Korley.

"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."