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'Mr. Liberty' kneels for passing funeral; photo goes viral

A good deed sometimes goes unnoticed, but a photo of a simple act of respect has now gone viral on the internet.

Thursday morning, 10News received a photo of a Liberty Tax Service mascot, kneeling for a passing funeral procession Wednesday morning on the Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.

"Mr. Liberty" has a name: Jesse Howerton.

"I seen a funeral coming down the hill here. And it comes natural to pay respects you know?" Howerton said.

The funeral was for Brent Bennett, 27, a youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church of Morristown. He was one of two peopled killed in a Friday car accident.

"That's how I was raised. My father passed away and I thought of that, and just hit (my) knee," Howerton added.

The Photo & the Family

The Bennett family sent the photo to 10News of this good act of kindness. On the WBIR Facebook page, more than 200,000 people saw it, leaving Jesse speechless when he heard the news.

"I can't believe it," said Howerton, "I didn't think much of it. Any funeral that goes by, just pay my respect. Obviously, they're not going to do their taxes," he smiled.

Online comments are now posted in the Liberty Tax Service's office, but one person wanted to say thank you in person -- Bennett's widow, Megan.

"It is perfectly in line with Brent's life. If Brent were in this young man's position, he would've done the exact same thing," she said.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, over 13,000 likes. For these two strangers, it means much more.

"Every moment can impact more than you realize," Bennett said.

"They deserve the moment. At least a moment," Howerton smiled.


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