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October 1, 2012

PREP VOLLEYBALL: West Point sisters find way to honor father, brother serving overseas

WEST POINT — Although their dad and brother are overseas, sisters Jamie and Jeri Beasley found a way to make them feel at home.

The Beasley sisters are members of the West Point High volleyball team, where Jeri, a freshman, plays for the varsity squad, and Jamie, a junior, plays on junior varsity.

Last Wednesday, while facing Hanceville, the sisters had their match filmed and sent to their dad, Chuck, as well as their brother, Justin, who are both stationed in Afghanistan as members of the National Guard. The sisters said they chose that particular matchup because their father is an alumnus of Hanceville High.

They used the game as a platform for a make-shift “military appreciation day.”

“My dad left around mid-June, and my brother followed about a week later,” Jamie Beasley said. “They are both going to be gone another 10 months, so we are also going to try to send them basketball and softball games as well.”

Beasley added it’s her father’s second deployment and her brother’s first.

“My father first went overseas when I was in the sixth grade,” Jamie said. “It’s hard, so we try to stay in contact as much as possible.”

Beasley said her father talks to the family every morning and evening via email, phone or even FaceTime over their iPhones.

She can easily recall a conversation she had with her father not too long before his first deployment back in 2007.

“I asked him why he had decided to join the National Guard and why he wanted to go overseas,” Beasley said. “And I’ll never forget what he said. He told me, ‘I am tired of someone else protecting this family, and it’s time for a change.’”

Warrior coach Regina Jones said the sisters can rely on her and the rest of the team if they ever need support.

“I’m sure it’s tough on the both of them,” Jones said. “I couldn’t imagine what they are going through.”

One thing both sisters attested to is how proud they are of their family members serving overseas.

“I am so proud of both of them,” Jeri Beasley said. “If they could hear me now, I’d want them to know that and how much I love the both of them.”

Beasley added that she plans to wear a camouflage ribbon in her hair for the rest of the season as a token of support and admiration for her father and brother.



‰ Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.

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