By Rick Mansfield
The High School Service Scholarship established by the McSpadden Funeral Home recently grew by more than four thousand dollars this past week from donations and sales of shirts and drink tumblers. Established to honor the life of young Lane Roderman, known for his infectious smile, constant defense of the Gospel and catchphrase “Love Ya Later!”, it will be awarded for the first time in the Ellington school this coming spring.
Lane, taken from our community tragically at only twenty-one years of age, was apprenticing at the local funeral home and was already known for his devout ministry. Along with symbols for his love of hunting, fishing and music; the shirt cites the scripture Galatians 6:10, for Lane was known for enthusiastically seizing opportunities to serve family, community and our Lord.
The shirts, designed and produced by Ellington’s own Rachel Hampton and Print & Stitch, also feature the slogan—“Live Like Lane.” As do the insulated drink tumblers available at Opy’s in Ellington. There, you can still order the tumblers and shirts in short or long-sleeved ($20 for short; $25 for long) through this coming Friday, November 11. Shirts orders are also being taken at Double A Restaurant in Ellington. The local eatery even has a new sandwich named in Lane’s honor. Both venues have a limited offering of sizes at their establishments, ready for sale now.
As of this writing, these sales have raised over $4,070. This is in part to several businesses that each paid for production of twenty-five shirts so that ALL those proceeds went to the scholarship fund. The Roderman family wishes to thank ALL for their support, donations and especially their prayers.