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On Wednesday, July 9, a road sign was unveiled that honors a local hero; a stretch of U.S. 441 is now designated as the Lt. Colonel Robert T. Heagy Jr. Memorial Highway.
Lt. Col. Robert T. Heagy Jr. resided in Williston before he died in 2005. He was born just outside of Archer in 1930. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. became assistant to the base commander when he entered the Air Force. He soon became an officer. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. served in the military for over 30 years. For 28 of those years he was a fighter pilot. After he retired from the military he dedicated himself to his community, remaining active in the Lion's Club, Masonic Lodge and the VFW.
Sherry Heagy, his wife of 13 years, presented the idea of the road designation to Sen. Oelrich's office. Sen. Oelrich asked his legislative assistant, Jessica Throckmorton to take the project over. The road designation must be approved in various committee meetings in Tallahassee and also be voted on by all Florida Senators. The Senator's office provided a dedication book to Sherry that documents the process of Sherry's idea becoming the dedication road sign. Senator Oelrich and Jessica were very pleased that a local hero would finally be honored.
Sen. Oelrich commented, "Lt. Colonel Heagy Jr. was an asset to the district, the state and also the nation. This dedication sign on Hwy 441 is just a small way for the State of Florida to recognize Lt. Col. Heagy Jr as a local hero."