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|The brevity of life|
We lived every day together for over 20 years. We went to school together. We fished and hunted together. We played football together. We went on vacations together. Why did I spend so much time with this person? Well, he was my big brother. And they don't make big brothers any better.
On Feb. 8, he was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. The day before he was to begin chemotherapy, my youngest brother, Andy, and I spent time with him at his home. We talked. We told stories — funny stories. We always enjoyed laughing together. I had shared a story about falling down one day when I was hunting with my youngest son, Beck. We got to laughing so much that Devone started coughing; and he coughed very hard before he was able to recover. I can remember how much it scared me because I knew that this was a sign of how sick he was.
Life is such a brief moment. We lost our father in 1958. We lost our mother in 1992. Devone Jr. was the oldest of us brothers. The leadership role fell to him. And fulfill that role he did. He was always our role model. He favored our daddy and his mannerisms reflected those of Devone Sr., also.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.