2017-09-13 / Editorials

Paddles, prayers needed

Billy Fleming

I never asked Miller County Liberal publisher Terry Toole how he decided on the title of his column — “Up the Creek Without a Paddle.”

Most folks are probably thinking he was referencing a difficult situation when he settled on the title. Me... I’m betting it has more to do with floating down Spring Creek, bream and bass fishing with his longtime friend Walter Hayes.

I say all that to tell you we are all needing paddles about now, and Terry is needing all our prayers!

He has been on a respirator at SAMC since Saturday after having some health issues last week.

For almost 15 years, Terry and I had breakfast together every Wednesday morning in Bainbridge waiting for our papers to be printed at the Post Searchlight.

With the passing of Sam Griffin, Bo McLeod and Carl Rountree, Terry and I are the patriarchs of newspaper publishers in South Georgia.

In fact, it is difficult to think of any older than Terry or who have been publishers longer than myself... scary thought!

One of the greatest honors I’ve had was having the opportunity in 1996 to induct Bo McLeod into GPA’s Golden Club and presenting Terry a plaque from GPA honoring his grandmother Zula Brown Toole as Georgia’s first woman publisher at the same banquet in Athens. Please keep Terry in your prayers!

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