He was only 54.
Motorists driving by our office on Viking Drive have noticed our American Flag hanging at half staff. I realize it is not a national day of mourning, but we are mourning. It will remain there through the week in memory of our friend, Rick, and the entire Jones Family.
Rick — the youngest of seven kids — was the reserved one. He let his work ethic speak volumes.
He was a staunch Auburn fan surrounded by Alabama supporters here at the DME. Even in the midst of down years on the football gridiron, Rick supported his beloved Tigers. His pro-Crimson & White co-workers respected him for that.
Rick’s wife, Elane, is also at the forefront of our prayers as a member of the Daily Mountain Eagle family. She is a longtime reporter.
Less then two years ago Elane and Rick suffered the terrible loss of their only daughter, Jerusha, to breast cancer at the tender age of 28.
Many in the community know Elane, especially those folks who work as first responders in Walker County. Elane is boisterous. You know when she is in the room.
Don’t let that trait fade in these gloomy days, Elane. Be strong for your boys, Jason and Cory, and grandson, Caden.
You said it best at the hospital Thursday when longtime friend Lona Courington of the Salvation Army commented about how difficult your losses have been in recent years.
“God doesn’t give you a mountain too high to climb,” you responded.
And War Eagle!
Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.