HOMETOWN HERO: Patsy and Sherri Kirby

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LEWISBURG, Ky. (WBKO) -- After getting diagnosed with terminal cancer in July, Darrell McPherson's last wish was to spend his final months at his home in Butler County. However, with his daughter living in Nashville and his son working construction, figuring out the logistics of in-home care added additional stress to the situation, until two of Darrell's neighbors stepped up to help.

"This is where my dad raised me and my brothers and sisters and he grew up on the farm down the road," said Kathi Johnson, Darrell's daughter. She said her dad was adamant about staying in his home.

"When I brought him back home to his house, he just lit up. So I knew that we had to make this work and Patsy and Sherri just stepped in," she said.

Long time friends and neighbors of Darrell's, Patsy Kirby and her daughter-in-law Sherri, were more than happy to help out.

"Darrell's always been a great neighbor. Friendly, and a very good person," said Patsy.

"If I could help her (Kathi) in any way, by just being here for support or to help him, I would do it in a heartbeat," said Sherri.

"I didn't know how you not help someone when they needed it," added Patsy.

Kathi said, "They really went above and beyond. When it says to love your neighbor, they definitely demonstrated that."

But for Patsy and Sherri, they just thought it was the right thing to do.

"I would do it every day of my life if I could, to be a blessing to somebody," said Sherri.

Darrell passed away in late October, but because of his neighbors -- who are more like family -- there was a peace.

"I mean they really went the extra mile to make sure my dad had his last wish of dying at his home," said Kathi.

For their selfless love and their example of showing kindness to others through difficult situations, we honor Patsy and Sherri Kirby and the entire Kirby family, as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Heroes.



 
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