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TELL CITY - Tears mingled with gently falling raindrops July 31 as family, friends and co-workers dedicated a courthouse memorial to two public servants.
Doris Davis and Kenny Blinzinger lost battles to cancer in 2009. Davis was serving as county clerk while Blinzinger worked for more than 30 years as a sheriff's deputy.
"Everyone here loved them and misses them terribly," said Richard Myers, who led efforts to create a landscaped memorial adjacent to the courthouse parking lot. The memorial consists of a concrete pad that supports a picnic table and brick pillars that hold laser-etched memorial stones that feature images of Davis and Blinzinger. Each contains words of remembrance and seals of their respective offices.
Myers fought tears as he recalled the two public servants and said he hopes everyone who uses the area as a peaceful place to eat lunch or spend a few minutes of reflection will remember their lives.
"Both were great people," Myers said. "Doris worked at the courthouse and Kenny spent a lot of time there. The courthouse really doesn't have a breakroom, so this gives everyone a place to go," he said.
Along with contributions made in their memory, the memorial to Davis and Blinzinger was helped by several local businesses, Myers said, including Marty Snyder Construction, Mulzer Crushed Stone and The Greenhouse, which contributed plants and labor, Charlotte Arnold of Arnold Masonry and local mason Jim Fulkerson, who did the brickwork. Eric Shearn and Brent East of EB Laser Design created the images of Blinzinger and Davis.