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Jim Melton - Vietnam Veteran

It’s about 511 miles from Levelland over to Texarkana as the crow flies across Northern Texas. That distance will get you across two or three states in most parts of the US; in Texas it’s only about two-thirds of the way from Orange to El Paso.

Jim Melton likes to joke that his wife Mary, she of Texarkana, was a big traveler by the time they got married 52 years ago, having ventured as far Shreveport, Louisiana (72 miles south) and Fayetteville, Arkansas (235 miles north).

“She married me and said she wanted to travel around the world with me,” says the 75-year-old Melton, a resident of Discovery Village at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas. “I took her around the Northern Hemisphere twice, but the first place I took her was into a war zone.”

After having served four years in the US Navy, the threat of combat was old hat for Melton, not s much for the missus.

He found a much more frustrating form of combat after serving those four years in Vietnam.

“When I got out of the service after Vietnam, a lot of people wouldn’t hire me, wouldn’t even talk to me because they had protested Vietnam,” Melton recalls. “I wound up going back to school at the University of Texas at Arlington.”

A genuine jack-of-all-trades, Melton learned geology, and then engineering. He became an automation engineer, working in plants around the world introducing companies how to use robots to perform fabrication, and teaching employees how repair automated machines and maintain the equipment.

Working with robots was a far cry from the boyhood of a man whose hometown of Levelland had a greater number for its elevation (3,091 feet) than its population (3,053) when he was born. He remembers mostly being a little bit scared of some of his creations.

“There was one we built up, and if you have ever seen the movie ‘Robocop’, it was a lot like the battle droid in that movie that goes crazy, it would make your hair stand up,” Melton said. “We had a hard time getting people to not stand too close to it, because that arm would come swinging out and poke holes in people.”

Melton semi-retired in 1995 and remained an independent contractor through 2009 before retiring for good. He and his wife lived in Plano for a bit before deciding to start looking for a more permanent solution.

“We couldn’t find any place that would put up with me,” Melton says with his deadpan humor.

“We came over here and were some of the first people to sign up, so they haven’t run us off yet.”

Actually after visiting just about every community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, he figured Discovery Village at Castle Hills was the right place to be within the first two minutes of his visit.

“I moved here because my wife dragged me about 400 different places to check them all out,” he says. “We came out to this one and there were a bunch of old vets sitting out here lying to each other about things they’d done. That’s when I knew I was home. There were some of the most marvelous gentlemen I’ve ever drank coffee with.”

For Mary, the choice was also easy.

“It’s the best decision we’ve made,” she says. “There’s no yard to keep up with, nothing that you don’t want to do. It’s absolutely perfect for us.”

Rena McGuaghey - Getting Closer to my Grandson

Rena McGaughey had one reason to move to Lewisville, Texas, from her home in Bullard, just outside of Tyler.

That reason is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and throws a 94-mile-per-hour fastball.

McCaughey’s grandson is Hebron High School star baseball player Zachary DeLoach. A rare talent, he bats from the left side of the plate, throws from the right side, and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Texas A&M University.

That trip to Aggieland is contingent on what happens this June in the annual Major League Baseball draft. There’s plenty of buzz that a team might draft DeLoach, which would have him weighing the option for a full college ride or signing his first professional contract and starting the process of grinding his way towards the majors. He’s already chosen College Station over offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and the University of Texas.

If you’re not familiar with baseball, the average big league pitcher throws a 92 mile per hour fastball. At age 18, DeLoach is already two miles per hour faster than that.

“I spent lots of years in East Texas, but my grandson is one of the top senior baseball players in the US,” McGaughey says. “I live about 10 minutes from his ballfield.”

McGaughey moved to Discovery Village at Castle Hills about a year ago, intent on being close to her family during her grandson’s special senior season. She found serendipity in the quality of care and comfort she’s had since.

“I fell in love with it the first time I came here,” she says of Castle Hills. “I still feel that way.”

McGaughey is a native Dallasite who moved to East Texas as an educator. She had been living in a retirement community in Bullard, a town of about 2,500 which sits 15 miles south of Tyler.

Her new home of Lewisville is substantially larger, with a population around 80,000. Still, it’s spread-out landscaping makes it feel more comfortable and cozy, and McGaughey has the added bonus of plenty of family in the area.

“I have two daughters, one who lives in Flower Mound and the other in Castle Hill. My younger daughter has the two boys (Zachary and a younger brother), and my older daughter has one child, who is a senior at the University of Texas.”

In addition to being a heck of a ballplayer, DeLoach is an excellent student, with a 3.85 grade-point average. Being successful in the classroom is a big deal for McGaughey.

“For 35 years, I went from a high school and elementary teacher to a central office administrator,” McCaughey said. “I feel so blessed that there’s an elementary school directly across the street. I have a pass to go over there anytime I want. We can sign up to substitute teach, and we can go over and eat at the cafeteria and engage the kids. They also send the children over to sing us Christmas carols every year.”

Having seen the college and pro scouts continue to buzz around her grandson, McGaughey tries to give him the best advice she can.

“I tell him to really enjoy this year, it’s tough just trying to be a kid with all this pressure around him,” she says. “I tell him to really enjoy it because this is the last time it’s going to be just a game. No matter if he gets drafted or if he goes to play in college, it becomes a business and a job after that.”

Speaking of business, McGaughey has nothing but compliments for the job being done by the staff at Discovery Village.

“It’s a great staff in every way possible,” McGaughey says. “They really had to do some work to keep people happy as they were building a new part of the facility, and they never stopped. The people, both those who care for us and those who live here, are amazing.”