They're In It For The Long Haul
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Feb. 27, 2005 -- Being at the junction of Interstate 30 and State Highway 19, Crossroads Restaurant and Travel Center sees a lot of 18-wheelers come and go, but they will be seeing a lot more of one trucker who frequents the establishment.
Long-haul driver David Ennis of Hondo became more of a regular at the cafe about eight months ago after he became fond of one of the Crossroads waitresses, Roxanne Hathcoat, an employee of the restaurant since 1997. The couple wed at the truck stop on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. in the presence of family, friends, co-workers and patrons.
"It was a beautiful wedding," said Brenda Tosh, manager of the cafe. "After the ceremony, a few of the rigs circled the place honking their horns."
"This was a first for us," said Monty Harry, the owner of Crossroads Restaurant and Travel Center, who paid for all the flowers. "There's really nothing I could have done to ever pay her [Roxanne} back for her loyalty and dedication to the truck stop for the past eight years."
According to Debra McGary, sister of the bride, Roxanne is a laugh a minute, and if she isn't joking around, something is wrong.
"But this is no joke," said McGary, who wasn't a bit surprised her sister would want to be married in the truck stop. "After she said it, everyone at the cafe was determined she was gonna go through with it."
Patrons and employees made sure the truck stop wedding became a reality. Tosh, who created a three-tiered wedding cake for the occasion, said everyone pitched in to decorate the cafe with spring floral arrangements, greenery and wedding bells hanging from the ceiling.
Oral Anders, one of the local patrons, made an eight-foot rebar heart that was decorated with flowers, and the couple wed in Western attire before leaving for a two-day honeymoon at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
According to Ennis, he will be the one re-locating, and Harry said that is good news to him.
"We would have to have called the whole thing off if she was the one leaving," he said, laughing. "Lots of people have come to know her over the years, and lots of them were there for the wedding."
Roxanne's daughter Renae' gave her mother in marriage, and local pastor Frank Kuhl officiated the double-ring ceremony, that was anything but traditional.
"One thing I wanted incorporate into the vows was that no matter how mad I get at him, I still have to wait on him the next day," said Roxanne. " And no matter how mad he gets at me, he still has to leave me a tip."