January 8, 2009
January 3 was a date circled on the Burlesons’ calendar.
That’s when the Memphis Tigers were hosting the Lamar Cardinals. While Memphis is just up the road and we have enjoyed the Tigers’ success on the basketball court under coach John Calipari, this time we were more interested in the visitors. Or better yet, make that one visitor.
Close to Nowhere
I promised Mr. Fred many times, that when he passed away, I was going to write a really mushy column about him. We also promised him that we’d run one of those mushy, remembrance ads.
He always promised to come back and haunt us if we did!
Fred DeBardeleben passed away Sunday night, January 4, 2009. He would have been 77 on February 21.
Now that the time has come to write Mr. Fred’s “mushy” column, I’m having lots of problems. Mainly, it’s hard to write without crying. And man, he would have hated any of us to cry!
The Preacher’s Corner
Centering holidays around food ensures dieting
Americans are great observers of times and seasons. Beginning with Labor Day, there is quite a progression of them. You can see the grand sweep as the displays change in the “seasonal aisle” in stores such as Fred’s, Wal-Mart, or Target. Most have candy or other food that is featured. Halloween, of course, is the first. There are both candy and costumes for Halloween. Then comes Thanksgiving. The delicacies associated with this day need not be recounted.
Letters To The Editor
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Fred Debardeleben. Freddie D was a friend and a great asset to The South Reporter.
When he approached me with the proposition to work in advertising, I saw it as an opportunity to benefit our advertisers with his wealth of experience from the retail side. Freddie believed in advertising and knew how to use it and when to use it. When I called on him at the Ben Franklin store, he was always organized and prepared his advertising campaign in detail.
He was one of the most organized and detail-oriented people I have known and he brought that to his job at The South Reporter.
Our condolences to Rick, Julie and Suzanne. Your father was a great man in the eyes of many.
I will miss Freddie D as I have missed Bert Bonds, Ed Rather and Claiborne Thompson.
Happy New Year!:
Thanks to your staff for help with my questions about the rate change on the phone. My check for two years is enclosed.
I love the paper, it’s my way of keeping up with my friends.
Happy New Year to you and all who work at the greatest newspaper The South Reporter!
Ella Sanders Percy
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Welcome Home: Lynwood TurnerCharles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Timothy Hardaway, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
John Snow, Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
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