Funeral home pays tribute to space shuttle victims

From Staff Reports

   As a tribute to the astronauts who lost their lives in the tragic explosion of the Columbia space shuttle earlier this month, Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home set up a memorial in their lobby and left a registry book for local residents to sign and show their condolences.
   "We've taken clippings out of the newspapers and made a couple of boards, and we lit a remembrance candle," said Cecil Eggers, a funeral director at Hathaway-Percy.
   The funeral home set the display up on Feb. 9 and will mail it to NASA today so that the families of those who lost their lives will know that other people are thinking of them. "Think of what it would mean to you to get books like this from all of the states in the Union and to know that they cared," Eggers said.
   The registry book that was left with the memorial had several signatures in it as page after page was filled by local residents wishing to express their sympathies. "We feel that a lot of the local people like to sign the book to be a part of the healing process for these families," Eggers said.
   The Columbia explosion is not the first example of such a memorial initiated by Hathaway-Percy. "Back when Dale Earnhardt got killed, we had a lot of friends and fans who wanted to sign for him. Then we had it personally delivered to his wife," Eggers said. "When 9-11 happened, we had a book for those people who lost their lives as well."