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|Friend, brother would be asset|
I have a picture of my older brother Devone attached to my desk. I see it every time I sit down to use my computer. I miss him and I want to be reminded as often as possible of how lucky I was to have him in my life for 66 years. Devone passed away on March 8 of this year.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs that a true friend is closer than a brother. Consider yourself extremely fortunate if you have a friend that you consider as close as a brother. I am privileged to have such a friend. Yes, even as the Bible states – like a brother. In my case, even like a big brother. Judge Bill Norris and I have been close friends for over 30 years. I coached his two sons. His wife taught two of my children.
We walked every morning in Kiroli Park for many years. We started walking together the year that Carolyn taught Beck my second oldest son. I learned so much from our talks as we hiked the trails at Kiroli. His advice and guidance through the years has been as the ad says: priceless. We walked in freezing weather, snow, light rain, hot weather, in the dark, you name it. Not much stopped our daily walks. We even had contests to see who could lose the most weight. I usually lost. The judge could lose weight quicker than anyone I have ever known.
You learn a lot about someone when you spend so many hours talking about so many different subjects. I learned how dedicated that he was to every detail of his judgeship. I learned how hard it was to have to make decisions that affected a family's life. We were there for each other as both of us confronted the challenge of cancer.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing email@example.com.