Truck drivers pay respect to victims

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, May 3, 2014

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A trio of out-of-towners lost their lives in a tragic accident in Decatur last Saturday.

This weekend a handful of local truck drivers traveled northwest to pay their respects at the funerals for Juan Rios Jr., Sherry “Terry” Rios and Amy Culwell.

Gone Too Soon

GONE TOO SOON – Amy Culwell of Chillicothe and Juan Jose Rios Jr. of Quanah were killed in a wreck last Saturday in Decatur. Their funeral was to be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Quanah. Submitted photo

The three were killed Saturday when the SUV in which they were traveling was struck head-on by a passenger car driven by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson, who also died.

Service for Juan, Terry and Amy was to be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Quanah, with burial at Goodlett Cemetery.

An entourage of 18-wheelers were to lead the procession the 10 miles from the church to the cemetery.

Among the 60 expected, at least four or five are from Decatur.

“Juan worked for a trucking company,” said Chris Fletcher of Slidell, who planned to take part in the procession. “They did work for truck drivers all over the country, and they all loved Juan. He was such a great man. I’ll bet there will be people there from places as far as Dublin, Ga., and Wauchula, Fla.”

The only survivor of the wreck was Taylee, Juan and Amy’s 4-year-old daughter. She was flown from the scene to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, and released three days later.

Although she sustained several breaks and bruises and is in a full-body cast, she is expected to make a full recovery.

“She’s got a long road ahead of her, but I know she has her grandparents on her mom’s side, and her grandpa, Juan’s dad,” Fletcher said. “She also has the support of the town of Quanah and even Wise County.”

Paying Respect

PAYING RESPECT – Chris Fletcher of Slidell will be one of more than 60 truck drivers expected to take part in the funeral procession for Juan Rios Jr., Amy Culwell and Terry Rios Saturday in Quanah. He’s loaded up the cab of his truck with gifts for Juan and Amy’s daughter, Taylee, and crosses made by Mark Irland of Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After several inquiries, the Fletcher family opened the Rios Family Benefit account at North Texas Bank in Decatur. Monetary donations in any amount can be made in person at the bank, 661 Thompson St., or can be sent to P.O. Box 1238, Decatur, TX 76234.

For information, call the bank at 940-627-8767.

Donations will be used to help cover the family’s funeral expenses and Taylee’s medical bills.

“It makes me proud to live in Wise County, knowing so many want to help this family,” Fletcher said.

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