It’s not unusual for a governmental body to recognize someone by naming a street in their honor.
But Frances Aguilar-Redding wasn’t your average citizen.
Most people who’ve lived any length of time in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County need no introduction to Frances. For those who don’t, suffice it to say that if there was a project or effort to make the world a better place to live, she was either involved in it or wanted to be.
But there was a special place in her heart for disabled children, and understandably so — she and her husband, Jeff Redding, had a daughter, Kandie, who has had to face such obstacles.
And that’s why the Sulphur Springs City Council chose to honor Frances, who died after a brave fight against cancer, by naming a street after her daughter.
The council’s unanimous decision to pass Resolution 977, renaming the street now known as Jerry Street to Kandie Lane, drew a standing ovation Tuesday night.
“We talked about this for a lot of years,” said her husband, Jeff, as a street sign for “KANDIE Ln” was handed to him.
“The dream came true!” shouted one of the Aguilar children.
Both the Aguilar and Redding families had asked for the name change on Jerry Street, a one block road bound by Houston, Woodlawn, 9th and 7th streets in northwest Sulphur Springs.
Frances Aguilar Redding’s brother, Sulphur Springs Mayor Oscar Aguilar, was understably emotional as he read the resolution honoring one of his sister’s dying wishes, fighting back tears and momentarily choking up.
“Frances Aguilar Redding was an outstanding citizen and contributed a great deal to our community,” Oscar read. “She was actively involved in a variety of civic clubs and was an equal rights advocate for individuals with disabilities.”
Before she died in August of 2007, she had asked that the street name be changed to Kandie Lane to honor her daughter.
“Whereas, the majority of homes on Jerry Street are owned by Jeff Redding and the inhabitants of those homes are Aguilar/Redding family members that support the name change request, now, therefore, be it resolved that the street formerly known as Jerry Street shall be now known as Kandie Lane,” Oscar concluded to applause.
The family was then presented one of the street signs, and Oscar Aguilar thanked the council for approving the change.
“My sister did a lot for this community,” he said. “I thank you all for this very much.”
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