Deaton family gets quad to themselves for snowball fight

Friday, December 24, 2010 | 12:28 p.m. CST; updated 2:12 p.m. CST, Friday, December 24, 2010
Brady Deaton Jr., left, his wife, Justine Richardson, and their son William Brady Deaton take advantage of the snowball-worthy weather and have a snowball fight on Friday morning. The family is in town for Christmas, and is staying at the chancellor's home on Francis Quadrangle.

 COLUMBIA — William Brady Deaton, 8, woke up at 6 a.m. Friday and was fully dressed for a snowball fight within minutes.

William, the grandson of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, is in town for Christmas and had not seen snow this season. Until today.


Related Media

Related Articles

He came for the holidays from Pennsylvania with his parents, Brady Deaton Jr. and Justine Richardson, and his 6-year-old sister, Anna Sophia. At their house, they have only had dustings of snow so far.

William finally stepped outside around 9:30 a.m. On the base of the MU Columns on Francis Quadrangle, he began scooping and shaping snowballs.

"I'm loading for the snowball fight!" he shouted to his mother, who was watching him from the sidewalk.

"Wow! Look at this snow!" she said. "The kids are convinced it snowed just for them."

William and his mom began arranging snowballs for a skirmish with Dad and Anna.

"You look ammo'd up," his father said walking up to the MU Columns with his daughter.

She climbed to the base of the MU Columns and began packing snowballs with her brother.

"You know, we've got years of snow fight experience," Deaton Jr. said. His children paid no attention, and the battle began.

"What's the worst they can do?" Richardson asked William as they set up a "full flank" of ammunition.

Snowballs began to fly, the adults picking up more speed than their children.

As William's stash ran out, the fight came to a close — but not before he crept up behind his father and smashed a snowball in his face.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.