is with regret and much sadness that we tell you that
SSgt.Jimy Malone, WPHS Graduating Class of 2002, was killed
on June 22 while serving in Taji, Iraq. He suffered fatal
wounds from an improvised explosive device detonated near
has vehicle, the Pentagon said Tuesday. He was assigned
to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Malone lived in Wills Point all of his life and was husband
to Leslie Tisdale, the daughter of Robert Tisdale, and
the granddaughter of Donald Tisdale, a former pastor
at the First Baptist Church in Wills Point. He was the
grandson of Ramona Malone. Jimy and Leslie recently became
the parents to a baby girl. Before going into the military
he worked for the WP Fire Department and had planned to
resume his career when he got home.
was also the nephew of Mike Madden, WPHS Class of 1986,
and those of you who do not know this, Mike was the nephew
of Thomas Ferguson, WPHS Class of 1965, killed in Viet
Nam. His uncle by marriage, Mike said, "He had made his
mind up that that's what he wanted to do. I mean, he was
hard core Army."
advice, Jimy turned to his principal and retired Army
veteran Jim Lamb. "I knew he was going to be a success
in the military, because he was always highly motivated
in whatever he did," said Mr. Lamb.
Army took Sergeant Malone on two tours to the Middle East,
where he saw first hand the costs of war. He shared those
experiences with students at his alma mater who were considering
a military career. Now, his picture will be added to the
school's wall of honor so his sacrifice will not be forgotten.*
sympathy and sincere respect go out to the family of Jimy
Visitation will be on
Monday, July 2nd, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral service will
be on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 2pm at WP High
*Excerpts from KLTV, Tyler