By: Seliger S.C.R. No. 66
       WHEREAS, The Legislature of the State of Texas honors and
commemorates the life of Corporal Ray Michael Bevel, who died April
21, 2007, at the age of 22 while serving his country in Iraq; and
       WHEREAS, Corporal Bevel was a 2003 graduate of Andrews High
School in Andrews, Texas; he enjoyed outdoor activities, such as
playing golf, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Andrews; and
       WHEREAS, In the spirit of the American patriot, Corporal
Bevel confronted the dangers, privations, and discomforts of war
with steadfast resolve, making us as a nation truly proud; he was a
member of Charlie Company of the 10th Mountain Division, based at
Fort Drum; and
       WHEREAS, Corporal Bevel was committed to our nation's
security, and he intended to make the United States Army his career;
he was killed in Baghdad by an improvised explosive device while on
patrol; and
       WHEREAS, Corporal Bevel was fulfilling his duties in Iraq
with fortitude and unwavering determination; he was a brave man and
a true American hero who took pride in his service on behalf of his
country; and
       WHEREAS, He was a man of courage, strength, and quiet
determination who was known for his ready sense of humor, his deep
faith, and his compassion and ability to comfort others; and
       WHEREAS, Ray was devoted to his family, and he will long be
remembered with affection and admiration for his generous spirit
and his many accomplishments; now, therefore, be it
       RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Ray
Michael Bevel: his wife, Brooke Bevel; his mother, Christy Hobbs;
his father and stepmother, Jerry and Lonna Bevel; his sister, Keisa
Sparks; his brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry Don Bevel and Rusty
and Brittany Smith; his grandmothers, Ruth Willis and Betty Hobbs;
and his stepgrandparents, Jerry and Susan Hallmark; and, be it
       RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be prepared for the
members of his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the
Texas Legislature, and that when the Texas Senate and House of
Representatives adjourn this day, they do so in memory of Ray
Michael Bevel.