Benefit slated Saturday for Jerry Daugherty

Friends 'give back' to community helper

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 26, 2008 - When Jerry Daugherty got sick, his friends felt compelled to do more for the cattleman and ranch foreman than just wish him a full and speedy recovery. They truly wanted to do something that would help their friend. That's how this weekend's benefit got started.

Kenny Young is spearheading the "B-B-Q Benefit for Jerry Daugherty" benefit to help raise funds for his friend, who recently became sick as a result of cancer. Daugherty's brother, Jimmy, is assisting with the fundraiser.

"Kenny is the main starter, the one who came up with the idea to do one," Jerry Daugherty's brother Jimmy said of the Saturday benefit.

"We're trying to help out a little bit," Young said. "He's a great friend and done a lot in the community. Everybody's been great so far. Him and his family have done and done for the community... It's time to give back, to pay it forward."

Daugherty has already been through chemotherapy for the cancer which attacked his bladder, bones and liver. He is slated to begin radiation therapy to help with the discomfort caused by tumors in his back, according to Jimmy Daugherty.

The benefit will begin at 6 p.m. this Saturday, June 28, on the Rains County Fairgrounds. There's no cost -- donations only are accepted. The menu for the dinner includes barbecue brisket, potato salad, beans, chicken and sausage, as well as desserts and baked goods provided by ladies of the Rains County community. Any leftover food will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the end of the evening.

The event will be held under the pavilion of the fairgrounds in Emory, where overhead fans will help keep the air circulating. Jerry Daugherty hopes to be on hand to visit with his friends at the benefit, health allowing.

Also, 42 players are encouraged to bring their dominoes to enjoy a few rounds of play, according to Young.

For more information about the benefit or to make donations, contact Kenny Young at 903-598-6040 or Jimmy Daugherty at 903-439-8882.

Jerry and Sabra Daugherty and their daughters Christin and Dustee, who recently graduated from college, attend Cross Country Cowboy Church. Jerry also has an older daughter, Christy, a former rodeo queen, who now lives in Dallas. Jerry also has a sister, Dell, who lives in Oklahoma.

He lives in the Daugherty community, located near Miller Grove. He worked at Rockwell International in Sulphur Springs at one time, and was in the dairy business for a number of years before he sold the operation. He currently raises beef cattle on his own property and has also been overseeing a ranch in Rains County, although his work has been limited recently for obvious reasons.

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