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White County resident and Army veteran donates their life insurance policy to St. Jude Children’s Hospital



Searcy, Arkansas – After his passing, a White County Army veteran is making a lasting contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by donating a $20,000 life insurance policy.

On March 28, Mathew “Logan” Plummer passed away at his own house. It happened soon after Kenneth Charles “K.C.” Plummer and Kristina Swiney, the 21-year-old’s parents, found out that Plummer chose to have a life insurance policy paid for by deducting wages from his paycheck when he enlisted in the Army at the age of 18.

Plummer listed St. Jude instead of writing out his name.

Although K.C. was unsure of the reason for his son’s choice of St. Jude, he did recall that Plummer’s high school classmate had received care from the Memphis hospital.

“What teenager thinks of kids with cancer in high school? Not many. I didn’t think that,” Swiney said.

She claimed that despite her son’s stubborn nature and early diagnosis of high-functioning autism, he was always happy and frequently made others smile as well.

At home, Logan’s father discovered him unconscious. Beyond an erratic pulse, an autopsy was unable to determine what killed Logan Plummer. There was no illness, drug, or alcohol in his body.

Plummer’s parents now know what he did in his spare time, even though his death is still a mystery. Co-owner of Fried Rice N’ More Errol Kumendong said Plummer was a regular but treated him like a brother.

“He was like an angel,” Kumendong described.

Twice during dinner, according to Kumendong, Plummer stopped eating and started helping out by washing the floor and cleaning the dishes—anything to lessen the workload.

“I was just like, ‘Logan, please you’re a customer.’ He said, ‘No, I’m your family,” Kumendong said. “Who does that nowadays? Only Logan.”

These days, Fried Rice N’ More celebrates Logan Thursdays every Thursday, when he offers a discount on his favorite items, including a roll he created and named after himself.

“You just don’t realize how much of an impact your children have on this entire world, and sometimes it’s until they’re gone,” Swiney said.

When Plummer’s father questioned him where he went so frequently, he discovered that Plummer would brush up and plant roses on veterans’ graves. For this reason, Plummer is interred at Shady Grove Cemetery in Bald Knob. K.C. stated that he is inspired by selflessness.

“Just try and help out who you can help out, and don’t look for anything in return. Just try and help because it’s the right thing to do,” K.C. encouraged.

Upon completion of all tests to determine Plummer’s cause of death, a medical examiner will submit the $20,000 check to St. Jude.

Anyone interested in participating in his kind can sign up for the Jonesboro 9-11 Memorial Run on September 8th. Logan was selected as this year’s honoree by a military friend, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive all donations.


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