The Final Call / by Rugile Kaladyte

John Wesley Hendry was the fire chief of the Lolita Fire Department and died at the age of 46 of cancer to the brain, lungs, and bones. This is the first fireman's funeral in Jackson County. "I have this hole in my heart that I don't think I will ever be able to fill. His name will go on with his children and grandson," said Betty Conn Hendry, the mother of John Wesley Hendry.

Mourners touch the casket of John Wesley Hendry on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Mourners touch the casket of John Wesley Hendry on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Henry's casket is loaded onto a firetruck outside the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel in Edna, TX.

Henry's casket is loaded onto a firetruck outside the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel in Edna, TX.

Henry's casket is unloaded from a firetruck at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Henry's casket is unloaded from a firetruck at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Harry Conn Hendry, left, and Betty Conn Hendry, right, the parents of John Wesley Hendry, are hugged by mourners.

Harry Conn Hendry, left, and Betty Conn Hendry, right, the parents of John Wesley Hendry, are hugged by mourners.

Mourners touch the uniform of Hendry.

Mourners touch the uniform of Hendry.