WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Mr. Norman Beaty Jr. will be laid to rest at Nocona Cemetery tomorrow. It was organized by the Montague County Veteran Services Office, who only know his name and that he served in the army during the Vietnam War.
“In this case, there was no family members. So, we pretty much passed the hat around and people didn't even ask questions they just say ‘Ok veteran, no family? Yeah, we will definitely step up,” Veteran Services Officer Colm Murphy said.
Step up they did, and it all started when Montague County Justice of the Peace Kevin Benton brought Norman Beaty Jr. to the attention of the county's veterans services office.
Benton said, “The sheriff’s office contacted me for an unattended death case, and I traveled to the home looking for items that would identify him. “I first saw numerous items on a shelf that had to do with military memorabilia and Vietnam, and then ultimately found a VA card.”
Without any next of kin in the state people in the Veteran’s Service Office felt it was their duty to put together a proper burial. The lived out by the lake so we're going to bury him close to home.
They’re not alone in making sure Beaty had a homegoing service.
“The VFW has paid for the plot. We have a pastor that has volunteered to do a service there so everybody is stepping up from the community. We’re so grateful. We didn’t want him or any veteran to go without being recognized,” Murphy said.
They have also organized a flag presentation to take place during the ceremony which will be held Friday at Nocona Cemetery at 2 pm.