A Family's Sacrifice

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Grieving the loss of soldier sons

  • Dena (left) and Jimmy Lloyd listen while Patti Sells (not pictured) reads an evocative poem in Sells’ office at her house in Sulphur Springs. The poem was sent to her from a supporter of the annual Warrior Run that Sells organizes. Staff photo by Jillian Smith
    Dena (left) and Jimmy Lloyd listen while Patti Sells (not pictured) reads an evocative poem in Sells’ office at her house in Sulphur Springs. The poem was sent to her from a supporter of the annual Warrior Run that Sells organizes. Staff photo by Jillian Smith
  • Chad Lloyd (second from left) poses with his unit in Afghanistan in this March 2006 photo. Courtesy/Jimmy and Dena Lloyd
    Chad Lloyd (second from left) poses with his unit in Afghanistan in this March 2006 photo. Courtesy/Jimmy and Dena Lloyd
  • Patti Sells, mother of Tanner Stone Higgins, stands in her home office with Jimmy Lloyd and wife Dena (not pictured) surrounded by keepsakes donated to her after her son was killed in action. Staff photo by Jillian Smith
    Patti Sells, mother of Tanner Stone Higgins, stands in her home office with Jimmy Lloyd and wife Dena (not pictured) surrounded by keepsakes donated to her after her son was killed in action. Staff photo by Jillian Smith
  • State Highway 154 was renamed Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins Memorial Highway from Sulphur Springs to Winnsboro in June 2015 during an unveiling ceremony. Archive
    State Highway 154 was renamed Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins Memorial Highway from Sulphur Springs to Winnsboro in June 2015 during an unveiling ceremony. Archive
If anyone asks, these family members who have lost their sons in service to their country will gladly discuss their grief, to tell their sons’ stories, to talk about how it feels to lose a child in battle. In fact, they encourage questions about their journeys to heal. Jimmy and Dena Lloyd’s son, U.S. Army SSgt. Chad Lloyd, was a member of the 4th Infantry Division stationed out of Fort Hood. He…

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