Plot Monster Break

Many of you may have wondered why Plot Monster was “on hold.”  I thought about this blog post many times trying to figure out just the right way to word it.  However, in the end there is no perfect way to word this.

On November 23, 2016, the day before Thanksgiving, my 20 year-old nephew committed suicide.

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I got the call as I was sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws.  My sister could barely speak and had to give the phone to someone else to tell me.  I flew in the next day to be with her and my niece.

He was a loving, funny young man.  He had so much potential and his future held such promise.  For whatever reason, he couldn’t see it.  I describe him as our family’s Robin Williams.  He was always laughing and smiling.  But, he was fighting demons the rest of us could never understand.

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Thankfully, my sister does not have to live with the regret that so many family members of suicide victims have.  She knows in her heart that she did everything she could to help him.  She tried bailing him out of his problems, she tried tough love, she tried getting him professional help, other family members tried to help. Ultimately, this was his decision and while we may ask ourselves why we do not have the guilt of wishing we could do more.  There was nothing more to do.

Obituary for Benjamin Luke Davis

Gone much sooner than we ever wanted, Ben Davis, age 20 of Breckenridge, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 26th, at Bethany Baptist Church with Mark Wilcox officiating. Interment will follow in Hart Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be held Saturday, November 25th, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Morehart Mortuary.

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Born March 14, 1997, in Decatur, Texas, Benjamin Luke Davis was welcomed into this world by his parents, sister and a big and boisterous Davis Family. He grew up in Breckenridge where he loved to do all things that involved outdoors and sports. From fishing the Brazos River, camping at Possum Kingdom Lake, hunting bird and deer across Stephens County to playing Little Bucks Football, Ben defined the phrase “all boy.” The football bug bit Ben hard in childhood and quickly became his passion up through his high school years. He was the truest of friends to his pack and devoted to the bond of family. A proud Buckaroo he was a 2016 graduate of Breckenridge High School. 

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Ben was dearly loved and supported by his mother, Sherry. For every football practice and game, she sat in the stands proudly cheering on her son and his teammates. He adored his big sister, Samantha, and she could do no wrong in his eyes. His great grandmother, Lorene, was especially impressed by “Little Ben.”

He left behind a mother.

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He left behind a sister.

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He left behind a girlfriend.

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Sadly, one week to the day, she also took her life.  Her name was Ashton.  She was being bullied by people (not the family) saying that she caused Ben’s death.  She didn’t.  She was just a heartbroken 17 year-old that couldn’t see past the pain.  She had so much to live for and she will be forever missed.

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This same small community has suffered 4 suicides by young people in less than a year.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of harming themselves, please know that there is help.

Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24/7.

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Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on God’s celestial shore
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
When the shadows of this life have gone
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I’ll fly
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
Oh, how glad and happy when we meet
I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away

28 thoughts on “Plot Monster Break

  1. GM Stephenson says:

    This is such a gut-wrenching thing to go through. I pray you’ll find comfort in your friends and family and find a way to celebrate his precious life, cut too short. There are no words to magically make things better, all I can offer is support and sympathy.

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