You might not have known Bill Hetrick, but I can guarantee this — if you had met him, you’d have loved him. And he would be your friend. He was Mississippi’s own George Bailey. He made this a better place just by being in this place. Bill died right before Christmas and while he wasn’t a President or nobility, his life was truly worthy of remembering and honoring. Bill, thank you for being you. Your passing is a huge loss to our community.

P.S. I’m off this week but will return after the first of the year. Happy New Year.


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