Many area residents remember the Baggett family when they lived in Stephenville for four years in the 1990s when Bobby Baggett was the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church.

Today, those who remember the Baggett family do so with a hint of sadness. The family’s only son, Jonathan, now a 17-year-old senior at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, is in hospice care battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

But on Friday, the Baggett family received some happy news when they learned that Jonathan’s peers had named him Homecoming King. One of his sisters and a friend stood in for him at the halftime ceremony.

Birdville High School Principal Jason Wells said it was a special night for the entire school.

“When the homecoming court entered the field, each of their bios were read,” Wells said. “When Jonny’s (bio) was read, everyone in the stands stood up to give the family a standing ovation. It was a very special moment.”

Last year, Jonathan was a starter for the varsity soccer team that made it to the Regional Quarter Finals. Shortly after they were eliminated in April, he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Two years ago, the family suffered another blow when Jonathan’s father Bobby died after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April 2007.

“His father passed away a few years ago and Jonathan has been moved to the same hospice as his dad,” Wells said.