Very sad news. He was a friend to all and he never forgot where he came from. After making it in the pros, he did what he could to help others have a chance. He never forgot those that helped him-how many do that these days. All of the countless shoes that he donated to the high school basketball program (yes, he played basketball too), golf fundraisers, the list goes on. He gave with no strings attached.
He was a bit of a prankster back in the day. The two of us shared a class together in a mobile unit.
When it would rain, we would race to get there first and lock the other one out to get soaked. It was funny then and still funny thinking about it. There are many and I do mean many funny stories that most everyone from Whiteville can share with you if you went to school with him. He was the POSITIVE INFLUENCE on the circle that he ran with back in the day.
On the field he was called "a Man Among Boys". He effortlessly moved players to the side, literally single handedly clearing the field. It was a privilege to be your friend. Rest in peace.
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