There was only one Corky Briggs. He was just an exceptional man with a uniquely wonderful personality. I had the privilege of attending school with Corky in grade school, junior high, and high school.
We played baseball together in grade school and football together in junior high and high schools. This closeness produced a bond that could never be broken.
In the past few years I have had the privilege of seeing Corky quite often at the local Prattville watering hole.
I remember two incidents that happened there very vividly. In the first one, I was telling Corky about an incident that happened in grade school where the class was walking back from the lunch room to the main building classrooms. I told him that I and another guy hand been talking about playing hooky and what it would be like, so; we decided to take a detour and climb a big Chinaberry Tree just behind the auditorium. We sat up there for a while and finally we saw people on the ground calling our names and trying to find us. We decided to climb down and needless to say they were not to happy with us when we hit the ground. At that point, Corky started laughing and said; "Hey Boggs, I was the other guy and I could never remember that the other guy was you."
In the second incident I recently went into the Pub and saw Corky at the bar. I walked around to him, threw my arm around his neck; pulled him close to me and whispered into his ear "Corky, I love you and always will." He responded "Boggs I love you too and feel just like you do."
I would not swap all the money owed on the NATIONAL DEBT for being able to know "CORKY" and all the others we had the honor, privilege and just plain good fortune of going to school with. Not to mention, we were so blessed to grow up in the 1940's, 50,s and 60,s. They had to be the best times there ever were.
Corky is physically gone, but; HE WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR MEMORY. God bless you Corky. We all love you.
May God bless and comfort all the family Corky leaves behind.
Your lifelong friend,