We have another Sticker Story for you that comes from Southern Virginia. One family remembers their former Danville Police officer Lee McCubbins. He was shot and killed in Afghanistan while working as a private security contractor. While the back of their car helps keep his memory alive, there is still much this family won't ever know.
When a loved one dies, what does the word closure really mean?
"I have a whole lot of unanswered questions between he and I," Julie Ferguson says, "I wanted him to be at my wedding and he wasn't there."
For the McCubbins family from outside Axton in Pittsylvania County, closure isn't as important as learning to move on.
"You always wish that he would stay home and not go back," says Ferguson, who's Lee's sister.
Lee McCubbins loved two things; being a police officer and dogs. He had a coveted job being a K9 officer for the city of Danville, but went overseas to work private security in Afghanistan. In December, as he was jogging on break outside the power plant he was protecting, an Afghan guard shot him in the back. They still don't know exactly why.
To help pay for grave site upkeep, Lee's sister Julie and father Ralph created and sold this decal in his honor. Kanon, his dog and partner, was property of the company he worked for and is still working over there. The paw print outlined with purple, Lee's favorite color.
"It's terrible. You don't wish it on anyone," says Lee's father Ralph McCubbins. "It represents what he believed in. He loved dogs; he was doing what he loved. That's the good part about his death I reckon, he was doing what he loved to do."
Aside from the decal, Julie's license plate used to be Lee's to take him wherever she goes.
"It was something he had put it was part of our last name, my maiden name."
It's part of the "moving on." Julie got married in May but Lee's favorite color, purple, was everywhere. Cups at home have his picture.
"You know I'll always have a decal and so many other people [will too,]" Ralph says. "I never dreamed he knew or made contact with so many people. There were more than 900 people at the funeral."
And of those 900, many still get into their cars just like Julie with that small decal on the back windshield. A sticker with the story of what closure looks like for them.
Correction: This version corrects and earlier version that said the family lives in Henry County. It also clarifies what the funds from the decal sales went toward.