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Basketball collision claims life of Texas children’s home director


A tragedy has claimed the life of the executive director of the Cherokee Home for Children, which is associated with Churches of Christ:
The home’s website noted Tuesday:

We regretfully share the loss today of Danny Duggan, Executive Director of Cherokee Home for Children since 1998. Danny had also served the home as its Director of Development for ten years prior to his return in 1998. He went to his great reward Tuesday afternoon.  Funeral services are scheduled at the San Saba Church of Christ, San Saba, Texas, on Saturday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m. Please pray for his family, the children, and the staff at the home.

An earlier prayer request from the home gave details of the tragic circumstances:

Danny Duggan, Executive Director of Cherokee Home for Children since 1998, was injured on Wednesday, January 12, while playing basketball with the staff and the Aggies for Christ.  He suffered trauma to his head and was taken by helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.  Currently he is in critical condition and doctors are assessing his injuries.  We plead with all of our supporters, donors, friends, and extended families to pray for Danny and his wife Janiece.  Danny’s son-in-law, Tommy Morrison, is our campus director and lives on campus with his wife, Kaci and their daughters, Talli and Tori.  Please pray for them, our staff, and the children in our care during this troubling time.

On its website, Aggies for Christ noted:

A collision between several players, caused him to fall hard, slamming his head on the floor. Danny’s skull was fractured, causing severe brain trauma. He never fully regained consciousness.

KWTX in Waco, Texas, has a report.
Look for more coverage in the next print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

  • Feedback
    Danny was an awesome person and truly cared for the children at the home and was an inspiration to so many.
    Donna Gray
    January, 19 2011

    I agree. Danny was an amazing person.
    Beverly Chambliss Killebrew
    January, 19 2011

    So sad.
    Joyce Patrick
    January, 19 2011

    I remember Danny as a teenager in Waco. He was a really nice kid and grew into a really great man. I am certain that Cherokee will miss him tremendously. Our prayers are with his family.
    Hubert Whittington
    January, 19 2011

    Danny was an inspiration to all of us with Aggies For Christ. He was the epitome of a servant of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even though I only knew him for a few short days while we were at Cherokee, I am deeply saddened by his passing. The only comfort I can offer is that we know he is rejoicing with our Lord in the most beautiful paradise we can even imagine.
    Jordan Waldron
    January, 19 2011

    Danny and Janiece have blessed me over these many years.
    I loved Danny in that he was ultra-humble while being aggressively compassionate!
    Terry Rush
    January, 20 2011

    My heart is saddened today for the Duggan family. God’s plans are so hard to understand but that is why we walk by faith. I know that Danny not only believed this but also lived it. I know that Danny will be truly missed by all because of the way he loving touched everyone’s heart.
    Jessica Dennington (Epperson)
    January, 20 2011

    I did not know brother Dugan but I do know his aunt Laverne Watkins in Maple Valley Wa. She is a precious sister in Christ. I will pray that the God of all comfort will give peace to the family left behind.
    Carrell Dennis
    Carrell Dennis
    January, 21 2011

    Our hearts and love are with this good mans family. He was truly one of God’s warriors.
    Tom Pauley Elder Western Hills Church of Christ Ft Worth Texas
    January, 21 2011

    Our hearts and prayers go out to Danny’s family and to all at Cherokee Children’s Home. We have supported Cherokee since the 1970’s and have
    deep respect, admiration, and confidence for Danny and his work with the home. His reward will be great. Ed and Betty Pfalzgraf, Parkersburg, WV – Belpre Church of Christ, Belpre, OH
    Ed and Betty Pfalzgraf
    January, 31 2011

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