Ac­ci­dent vic­tim re­mem­bered

Truck driver was a fa­ther of 4 sons

The Covington News - - Front page - By Michelle Kim

They say you should live your life so there’s stand­ing room only at your fu­neral, and that was cer­tainly the case for one Cov­ing­ton man.

More than 600 peo­ple turned out for Mil­ford Dale Hefton’s visi­ta­tion on Fri­day evening, and be­tween 200 to 300 peo­ple showed up for his fu­neral the fol­low­ing day.

Hefton, 47, died Dec. 16 af­ter the dump truck he was driv­ing tipped over and struck a tree on But­ler Bridge Road, spilling diesel fuel which ig­nited.

“I was over­whelmed,” said Hefton’s wife, Tracy, of all the peo­ple that came to the ser­vices. “My hus­band never met a stranger. If he ever stopped to talk to you, you had a friend for life.”

The el­dest of four sib­lings in a mil­i­tary fam­ily, Hefton was born in Ore­gon but grew up in Ok­la­homa.

“He said he moved to Ge­or­gia to find his peach,” said Tracy, who grew up in the south­ern half of the state. She laughed as she re­called how she first met Mil­ford at a tent re­vival. The two were in­tro­duced by Tracy’s un­cle, and she told a friend as they left that night, “That’s who I’m go­ing to marry.”

Lit­tle did she know, Mil­ford had said the same ex­act thing to Tracy’s un­cle and aunt. They met again and started dat­ing, and a few months later were mar­ried. This com­ing Fe­bru­ary would have been their 19th an­niver­sary.

Nolan Hefton re­mem­bered that his older brother Mil­ford loved go­ing into the woods to trap rac­coons and foxes and rid­ing his fa­vorite horse, Teak.

“He was a hard work­ing man,” Nolan said. “There wasn’t a lazy bone in his body. He was a man’s man of God, and he never was ashamed of telling peo­ple about this faith.”

Hefton’s em­ployer, Scott Harper, agreed.

In mem­ory:

Sub­mit­ted photo

Mil­ford Hefton was killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on But­ler Bridge Road on Dec. 16

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