Everett "Nicky" Kerby has shown signs of improvement over the weekend, according to his father Warren "Bud" Kerby of Barnes Run. After being in a coma since a January 4 auto accident, the 18-year-old youth has opened his eyes and has been taken off some of the life-support equipment. He is a patient in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Kerby was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Millboro, Virginia youth, who was killed instantly when the auto crashed with another car and a concrete wall.

A frequent Hur Herald reader, Claudette Bender Wilcher, who once lived in Calhoun with her parents Rev. and Mrs. Harley Bender, says "It is a small world indeed. The accident where the Kerby boy was injured, the young man who was killed is from my community where I am postmaster, Millboro, Virginia."

She said the youth, a 19-year-old, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bowyer.

"The boy was a precious member of our community," said Wilcher. "Keep his parents in your prayers. They are devastated."

Claudette's family, the Benders, were once assigned to the Mt. Zion Charge of the United Methodist Church, including Mt. Olive UM Church at Hur, where the Kerby family has always been connected.

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