One mother discovers the healing power of expression through art after losing her son
When Suzy Shealy’s son, Army Sgt. Andrew J. Derrick of the 411th Military Police Company, came under small arms fire and was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 23, 2005, she wanted to crawl into a corner to grieve the loss of a son who was everything a parent could ask for.
Joseph — as he was called by those who loved him — was a graduate of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., where he starred on the baseball diamond, football feld and basketball court. An Internet search reveals message boards where people from his hometown of Columbia, and places like Torrington, Conn., Carson City, Nev., and Glenwood, Iowa, shared their memories of man who had impressed so many people in his 25 years.