A Memorial to Dennis James Scales


D.J., as he was known by all his friends from the early days at Reconciliation Outreach went to be with his Lord after eleven years as a paraplegic cared for by his mother.

Dee Wright and her son D.J. lived at the Refuge during his grade school and high school years before moving into their own home on Fitzhugh provided by Habitat for Humanity and Dallas Baptist University.

Personal tragedy and loss has been felt by us all but few of us have suffered as Dee Wright has. She watched her son lose the use of his body during his sophomore year in college at East Central University in Oklahoma.

D.J. was celebrating with other members of the college football team when a white racist armed with a shot gun chased the boys and shot the tire of their pick-up truck. The truck flipped, one of the boys was killed, and D.J. was paralyzed from the neck down.

Dee became the personal care taker for her son during the past 11 years.    In all that time D.J. never blamed anyone and continued to show kindness to all who came to see him.

It makes me very proud to have been part of their lives and my hope is that D.J.’s example will inspire all of us.

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-Dorothy Moore