It is rodeo time in Houston again and the trail rides slowly come in. One however is especially important to Marsha Edwards who works in Judge Mett’s Office in the East Montgomery County Courthouse on US 59 as a criminal court coordinator since 2003.
The clock clicks close to noon as Marsha Edwards walks out to the US59 feeder to greet the Old Spanish Trail Riders as they pass by heading for their lunch break point just down the road at Community Drive. This year is different though. Holding a sign reading, “ In Loving Memory of Captain Richard Arrington”.
Captain Arrington is Marsha’s father who passed away last April. Prior to this date she would go out every year to meet the ride as it moved the 216 miles to Houston’s Memorial Park to wave to her father as he passed by escorting the riders.
For the past thirty years prior to his death Captain Arrington of the Harris County Precinct 3 Constables Office would start at Cleveland and escort the riders to Houston. Some years he even drove to Louisiana and escorted them back. the entire trip.
Today was different, as she stood there the riders approached her shaking her hand, removing their hats commenting how they missed the Captain.
So many good words about the man they loved and held close to their hearts.