Walter Maynard, who retired last year as Somervell County judge, was back on the bench last week.

This time it was a green metal bench placed in his honor on the historic Somervell County Courthouse square.

The bench, crafted by Bobby Kerr of Hico, who did the other metal benches around the downtown square, bears a bronze plaque commemorating Maynard's public service. The bench is located in front of the petrified wood gazebo.

Maynard's children and their spouses — daughter Dr. Amy Murphy and her husband, Chad, and son Ken Maynard and his wife, Louann — as well as his wife, Brenda, paid for and placed the bench in recognition of Maynard's 12 years as county judge.

“It's kind of the crowning deal,” Maynard said. “You do the public service because you want to help. But little things like this are kind of nice.”

The county's Hospital Authority Board also donated a chair in Maynard's honor to be placed in the Glen Rose Medical Center's nursing home.