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 Monday, April 27, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

Putting the ‘sentimental’ in value
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By CHARLES BOOTHE -

In one way, not having a lot of possessions or money is a blessing when someone kicks the bucket. It may keep peace in the family.

Yeah, I guess it's nice to inherit things with monetary value, especially cash, of course, and I'm sure none of us would turn it down.

But, boy, I've seen families who otherwise were close almost come to blows over inheritances, even before the person died. Feelings were hurt to the point the family would never again be the same.

I don't understand how people can become so greedy so quickly.

I guess that's why it's wise to make an airtight will, specifying who gets what, down to the kitchen sink. Leave no room for doubt, or greed.

Many of us, though, grew up in families that didn't have much, so dividing up worldly belongings was more an exercise in who wants a quilt or other keepsake. Rarely was there much money involved and few things to wrangle over.

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Death of a legend
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON -

I was saddened by the news that Percy Sledge died last Tuesday at his home in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74. His #1 song in 1966, "When a Man Loves a Woman," bolted Percy from a job as a hospital orderly to an overnight singing sensation and later a legend.

He went on to record many more hits, becoming known as a "soul balladeer" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Thanks to Carlton Wilkes, retired FCHS band director, my late wife, Hazel, and I became friends with Percy and Rose, his wife. We got to know them really well after being with the couple before, during and after three performances.

Many of you may recall when Percy performed in the Samuel Hawkins Central Gym. There was a young North Carolina boy there dressed in a white suit and top hat who went on stage and sang several songs with Percy. The child was a huge hit.

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