George Smith: Edgar Jones - A quiet man and a hero
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Sunday morning drive time …
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EDGAR JONES was buried in Anniston Memorial Gardens Saturday. He was 87. He was 18 when he went into the Army and wound up in Europe and World War II.

I looked at that and the old thought came that “Old men start wars, young men (often mere boys) fight them.”

Men such as Mr. Jones are going away fast, an estimated 1,000 each day.

Van Newman, Mr. Jones’ Sunday School teacher at First Baptist of Saks, has been a close friend since the 1960s …

“One day his brother-in-law told me about Edgar’s medals, one of them being the Silver Star. Up until then, I never even knew he had been in service. I asked him about it, but he never told me his story. That’s the way it was with that generation.

“He told me several times that he survived the war only through the prayers of his mother. He said that she and a neighbor lady would meet every day on a little hill between the two houses and pray that the Lord would keep him safe and bring him home.

“Edgar’s brother said his actions involved knocking out a German machine gun nest and rescuing several members of his unit.

“It’s ironic that a quiet man who just wanted to remain inconspicuous was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity.”

A quiet moment is in order.

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QUOTABLE: “One of the many things no one tells you about getting old is that it is such a nice change from being young.”Will Rogers
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HE HAD on a black semi-cowboy hat, a beard, a big grin, and was offering a handshake.

“Remember me?”

It took a few seconds, but despite the 37 years “since,” the name came … Randy Jackson, a really good football player for Jack Stewart at Saks back in the early 1970s, a solid career at Jax State after that.

Somewhere along the way “since,” Randy picked up a wife, moved to Houston, Texas, is now the daddy of two, and again lives here.

But it was his son Justin he wanted to tell me about.

Pretty good story, too.

Justin graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy back in 2004 and became a Marine pilot with a current rank of captain. He put in two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq at the controls of a Cobra helicopter.

Oh, one other note on son Justin.

“He was born in Texas, but conceived in Alabama,” says Randy. “That makes him an Alabama boy.”

I do love nice little stories like that ....

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THE CALENDER says spring got here Wednesday, but there is some doubt about that.

In fact, a prosecutor in Ohio is seeking the death penalty for the ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, who did NOT see his shadow back on Feb. 2. Supposedly that meant a short winter.

From a news report, this:

“Let’s face it, Punxsutawney Phil has let us down. I awoke this morning to a snowstorm, low temperatures and a howling wind.”
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CLASSIFIED ADS: “FOR SALE by owner: Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $1,000 or best offer. No longer needed. Got married last month, wife knows everything.”

One more:

“WEDDING DRESS for sale. Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie.”

Those have been “hanging out” in my notebook for a couple of years and I have no idea where they came from.

Thanks for visiting …


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