Special plans for special needs children

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | May 28, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo Jessica Messer takes her daughter Deslyn Sherrill on a wagon ride — one of her favorite things to do.

In celebration of the life of Deslyn Tay Sherrill, her family has planned a special day for special needs children and adults so they too can enjoy the things that made Sherrill happy.

Special Needs Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Haywood County Fairgrounds. The event will include wagon and pony rides, horses, goats, sheep, music, face painting, balloon animals, pizza and more.

Deslyn Sherrill was born with cerebral palsy and passed away in July of last year. To honor her memory, her family wanted to provide a day for people with special needs.

Terri Messer, Sherrill's grandmother, said nothing made her granddaughter happier more than animals and anything outdoors, whether it was riding a horse, or being out on the lake in a boat.

"She loved to ride horses and wagons and loved being outside," she said. "We wanted other special needs people to get to enjoy those things too."

Sherrill attended Clyde Elementary School and made a lasting impression on her classmates and teachers. To many, she will be remembered as the "Princess of Clyde Elementary."

"She touches a lot of people's lives and hearts without saying a word," Messer said.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Jessica Messer at 550-1588 or Terri Messer at 550-0395.