Patty has a nice post on the Tribune blog about former mayor and friend to many, Phil Parker. Yesterday would have been his birthday. I remember Phil with his bushy beard and ready smile, taking in the world from his perch on stool by the widow at Don's Market. He loved this town deeply.
There are so many, many people who have contributed to who we are today ~ Phil, Mary Joyce, Owen Gallagher, Pete and Edie Tallman, Dockery, Bob Pudlo, Ruth and Leonard Campbell, Sherri Forch, Del Brewer, Myrtle Johnson, Charlene Hagen, Loretta Prettyman, Kim Wheeler, Michael Transue, Karen Hoover, Dan Wombacher, Don and Beth Torbet, Lyle and Patti Hardin... I'm sure I missed many, the list could on forever. Agree or disagree with their views on issues, they each gave years of their lives to make Ruston better ~ and we appreciate their service.
So Happy Birthday up there, Phil. We do miss you indeed!