Texas House, Senate honor memory of Star Nuckolls
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

May 27, 2005 - The memory and legacy of Star Knuckolls took on an even brighter glow this past week in Austin when the 79th Legislature of the State of Texas approved a concurrent resolution paying tribute to her life.

Star Knuckolls, the daughter of Steven and Kari Nuckolls, died on Feb. 7 after a lengthy battle with cancer. It was said that throughout her illness, Star’s smile and magnetic personality became a catalyst that crossed any and all boundaries and lines in bringing a community together.

The spirit of Star Knuckolls prompted State Rep. Mark Homer to introduce the following resolution in the House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.

In his introduction, Rep. Homer said:

“And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them ...

“Mr. Speaker, Members as I considered what I would say today to honor the life of Star Nuckolls, this passage from the book of Isaiah stood out in my mind because Star — this precious baby girl — led her community past the obstacles that so often divide us and turn us against each other.

“Through her bravery and determination she united people of all races, all religions, all economic levels and yes, fellow members, even all political philosophies in a unity of spirit; a universal outpouring of caring and concern seldom seen in today’s world.

“Although our shining Star passed across the horizon all too fast she gave off a brilliant light that lit up the hearts and souls of those she touched and leaves a lingering illumination showing us all the way to a brighter future.

“And so Mr. Speaker, members, I ask you all to join with me today in paying tribute to the sacrifices of this family and honoring the heroic courage of Star Nuckolls who lived so briefly, yet so well.”

Following the introduction in the House, the resolution was then presented to the Senate and the 79th Legislature joined in approving the concurrent resolution.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Words cannot soften the sorrow of a young life cut short, and we join the family and many friends of Star Nuckolls of Como in Hopkins County, Texas, in mourning her passing on February 7, 2005, at the age of four; and

WHEREAS, Born November 13, 2000, Star was possessed of a winning personality that enlivened the days of all who knew her, as was made clear by the outpouring of love and support from her community when she was stricken with cancer at the age of three; and

WHEREAS, Star confronted this fearsome disease with her characteristic uncomplaining smiles, setting a positive example that comforted others and benefited friends many years her senior; and

WHEREAS, Through her valiant battle, Star served to unify Hopkins County across ethnic, economic, religious, and political lines, creating a community of spirit that survives as her legacy; and

WHEREAS, Though Star’s time here was all too brief, her smile will continue to shine on brightly in the hearts of all those lucky enough to have known her; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 79th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby pay tribute to the life of Star Nuckolls of Como and extend sincere sympathy to the members of her family: to her parents, Steven and Kari Nuckolls; to her sister, Saylor Nuckolls; to her grandparents, Roy and Yvonne King and Ron and Elaine Nuckolls; to her great-grandparents, Lucille King, Delores Miller, and Amelia Bourne; to her special grandparents, Lyn and Sandra Williams; to her best friend, Denton Lawson; and to her other family members and many friends; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the members of her family and that when the Texas House of Representatives and Senate adjourn this day, they do so in memory of Star Nuckolls.

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