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East Texas Business Community Surprises One Of Their Own

It's been a tough year for an East Texas woman after losing her son during a basketball game. Larry Prentice, 17 of Bullard died of cardiac arrest in Lufkin in December of 2005.   A year later and the community continues to remember Larry.  Wednesday night, KLTV asked Larry's mother Dyeann Prentice to meet us at the Bullard High School gym for a follow up interview.

"Just recently I just started you know coming back to the games and stuff and it's getting there," said Dyeann Prentice, who lost her son during a basketball game. Little did Dyeann know, a room full of people stood by to present her with a gift package worth almost $3,000.00.  One by one members of the business community walked up and presented her with gift certificates for things like dental care and cosmetic services.

"To see her face when she saw what it was really about, words can't describe what it felt like," said Dr. Tad Morgan, DDS who donated free dental work. "It felt really really good."   It was
Larry's basketball coach, Ryan Tomlin who nominated Dyeann to receive the gift package.

"There's no way to get her over this, but this much help so much for her," said Ryan Tomlin, Larry's coach.   Still in shock, all Dyeann could say was thank you.

"Thank you so much and you didn't forget him, and I know he's forever in your hearts," said Prentice.  The Bullard business community says it plans on choosing another resident to help next year.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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