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Letter: Respect for funeral procession is a much-appreciated gesture
06132018 FUNERAL PROCESSION
Joe Walker watches as the funeral procession for Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker passes through Dickson, Tenn., Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

There is a country song that makes me smile when I hear it on the radio. I think the title is, “I Believe Most People Are Good.” After events I witnessed last Saturday, I can truly say, I believe most people in Gainesville and East Hall County are good.

I was part of a funeral procession escorting the body of a lifelong friend from my early childhood, from Memorial Park Funeral Home to the church cemetery in Lula. As we passed though Gainesville and along Old Cornelia Highway, with the exception of only two vehicles, people in cars and trucks, even 18-wheelers and commercial dump trucks, stopped their busy lives until the funeral procession passed.

This was a stark contrast to the time some years ago when the procession carrying my son to the cemetery through parts of DeKalb and Fulton County, met many cars and trucks that not only didn’t stop but tried to cut through the funeral procession to make a left turn. In Gainesville, even the people playing cornhole and talking on the sidewalks stopped what they were doing and stood at attention with their caps or hands over their hearts as a sign of kindness and respect for my friend and his grieving family.

If you were one of those people who paused in your busy life last Saturday, I want you to know your kind actions were noticed and greatly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Jim Grier

Lula

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