By no means do I intend disrespect, not attending the memorial.
I want to remember the people I like, as they were, when I knew them.
Years ago, a hurricane came on land.
I escaped to Jackson, Mississippi until the coastal weather was clear.
I did admit: "Sir, I was running for my life!" He smiled, relieved that I had avoided harm. Then said "Well as long as you're here, take the payroll back for Baird Steel"
I will remember him, as never too busy to spare a moment. Phone pressed to his shoulder, a wave of the hand goodbye, saying: "You be careful driving back down to Mobile"
Battina and I offer our condolences and prayers.