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 Friday, November 28, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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It’s all in the music
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Most of the people attending the funeral seemed a bit surprised when the preacher asked everyone to stand and sing "Silent Night."

After all, the song is not exactly standard fare for a funeral. And it was in May.

But the song was a favorite of my late grandmother-in-law and she had always insisted it be sang at her funeral.

She was also someone who made her wishes clear in no uncertain terms. Besides, at 95, she was still very much in control of her faculties right up to her death.

So after many looked at each other with a "well, okay" expression, they started singing, and it appeared everyone knew the words.

As it turned out, the song seemed to touch a chord in everyone, and as we sang the familiar lyrics, there were few dry eyes in the funeral home.

The simple words about "heavenly peace," "love's pure light," and "angels sing" were very fitting, and obviously touching.

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Death claims another friend
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It seems death is claiming more of my friends faster than I'm making them these days. Sunday afternoon, I received a call from Kim Wagoner, the managing editor of the News-Post, who had bad news.

She informed me Ken Bradley, my friend and fellow reporter at the newspaper for the better part of 16 years, had lost his brief battle with lung cancer. It was only about three months ago when he was diagnosed with the dreaded disease.

Ken was working at the newspaper when I came back to Ferrum from being promoter/GM at Lonesome Pine International Raceway at Coeburn.

R.B. Hundley, editor and publisher of the N-P, had asked me to come talk with him about an opening on the staff. I made the trip and ended up returning to the newspaper to sell advertising. I hadn't been there a week, when I went out to cover a house fire and then a wreck when all the reporters and the staff photographer were out of the office. Needless to say, I did both selling and reporting after that.

I knew Ken when he edited the Henry County Journal for Malcolm Coe. At that time, I also worked for the same man at Bassett Printing, while working on the Clay Earles book "From Dust to Glory."

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