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Cape Girardeau, Mo man pays tribute to late father with Candlestick Lane

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

This holiday season one Cape Girardeau man is paying tribute to his late father.

And now, his whole neighborhood is pitching in.

Jerry Wilson's favorite holiday was Christmas.

Anyone who knew him could tell you that.

This year on Fairlane Drive you'll see a string of lights in his honor.

"When my dad passed away this year I decided to do it in honor of him," explained David Wilson.

It's something his father, Jerry, started doing around 40 years ago.

"He was always like a little boy at Christmas time," his wife, Marylin Wilson, said.

She got a sweet surprise a few weeks ago when her son drove her down the road, and saw the tribute to her late husband.

"He [David] was ready to do it again. I hadn't even thought of such a thing, but I'm really proud of him for doing it," Marylin said.

Even his grandson, Layne Wilson, will tell you Jerry went all out for the holiday.

"He had Christmas ties, and Christmas suspenders, and he was always really happy this time of year," Layne explained.

Marylin and Jerry even put up seven Christmas trees in their home every holiday season.

So, when Jerry's son David decided to light the lights his neighbors were all for it.

"We think it's a great deal," Woody Woodfin said. "We hope next year that we'll even do it a little bit more."

"People don't really talk to their neighbors that much anymore," Ben Yount explained. "So, doing this to kinda get to know your neighbors, everyone coming together, it's really nice."

People even drove miles, from as far as Poplar Bluff, to find the plastic pillars.

Now, David is looking for them online because even more people want to get involved.

"It was a really great way to celebrate Christmas and bring the neighborhood together," David said.

It's something the family is planning to do next year, and maybe years to come.

"It's just a testament to dad," David explained. "I mean, he's bringing people together and he's not even around anymore."

As one neighbor said, the candles are lighting a path to the spirit of Christmas.

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