Honoring Friends Now Gone!

“A true friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved them.” ~ Unknown.

Dedication to Dr. Earl Stephen Hunt

“Friends of Copey” are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Stephen Hunt. Steve experienced a serious brain hemorrhage and passed away on October 17th.                           

His life was filled with significant educational and professional achievements both nationally and internationally.

He was also well known for his philanthropy and concern for social issues throughout his life.

My personal relationship with Steve began in college in the late 1960’s. Our relationship was re-established when both Steve and I became Board members for Emory & Henry College, located in southwest Virginia almost nine years ago.

Soon, this renewed friendship resulted in Steve’s involvement with “Friends of Copey”. Both he and his wife Edeltraut became significant supporters and advocates. They were honored with the recognition of “Key Friends” in 2019.

The full description of their recognition can be seen under “Key Friends” located on this Blog’s Menu.

I will miss his friendship, his wise counsel, and his unwavering support. I call on “Friends of Copey” to remember Edeltraut during this time of loss and transition.

Honoring Another Friend!

On October 30, 2019, one of my closest friends, fraternity brother, fellow football team member, fellow U.S. Air Force veteran, and much more, passed away. I eulogized him in my Post dated November 6, 2019. Lou Peery

It does not seem too long ago when Lou and I were trading stories, laughing, and recalling many of those great old times.

As college roommates, we were essentially inseparable for about three years. And, we continued to be close friends for the next 50 years.

This time is special as I reflect on my memories of a friend I dearly miss. Lou Peery is one who truly “made a difference”.

This weekend, Lou’s home town, Tazewell, Virginia, honored him and other Afro-Americans who made remarkable contributions to their community, dating back to the Civil War.  Lou’s wife Sandy, his family and friends along with the families of several others were present for the celebration.

I am proud of the Tazewell community for keeping Lou’s memory alive and for honoring one of their own local heroes.

“There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they are gone, the light remains.” 









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