It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood. These were the first words spoken to me every morning when I came to work.
Just like clockwork.
I would sit down, and ask Bill Johnson how he was doing. His desk was right next to mine.
“Well, David. It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
As many of you know, Bill, the longtime photographer of the Delta Democrat-Times, passed away last Monday.
Like many of you, I feel like I have lost a good friend. That is what made Bill so special. He made all of us feel like we were his good friends. And we were.
While I did not know Bill as long as most of you did, I feel like he touched my life and he helped make me a better person. For Bill, it is not just a cliche. The world was a better place with him in it. And I miss him.
I never heard Bill say a bad word about anybody.
While I would sometimes complain to Bill about certain things about my life or my job, I never heard Bill once complain about anything to me.
Even when I knew he was a lot sicker than he was letting on, I never heard him complain once.
Bill Johnson’s memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Schelben Park-City Lake Front (west of Trop Casino), 199 North Lakefront Road, Greenville.
I hope you can come out Saturday.
It will be another beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Indianola Academy (5-3) at Greenville Christian (6-1) Friday, 7 p.m.: This Saints team is playing incredible. I am not sure they will lose again. Greenville Christian 38, Indianola Academy 24.
Ethel (2-2) at Simmons (0-0) Friday, 7 p.m.: New Simmons Coach Jeremy Packer is going to have the Blue Devils back a lot sooner than you might think. The road back to glory begins Friday night. Simmons 44, Ethel 20.
St. Joseph (5-1) at Bayou Academy (3-5) Friday, 7 p.m.: The Irish are just itching to get another shot at the Saints from GCS. Me thinks these two heavyweights will meet again in the state playoffs. St. Joseph 28, Bayou Academy 24.
Riverside (1-1) at Coffeeville (4-1) Friday, 7 p.m.: The Bulldogs may not get the win, but I am sure they will get a nice cup of Joe as a consolation. Coffeville 27, Riverside 13.
Deer Creek (1-6) at North Sunflower (4-3) Friday, 7 p.m.: I am almost tempted to pick the Warriors here, but I would rather they prove me wrong. North Sunflower 28, Deer Creek 22.
St. Aloysius (3-5) at Washington School (1-6) Friday, 7 p.m.: Washington School is due for another victory. Washington School 25, St. Aloysius 18.
Ole Miss (1-2) at Arkansas(1-2) Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Before the season this looked like an easy W for Kiffin’s boys. These Hogs are better than we thought. Ole Miss 40, Arkansas 38.
No. 11 Texas A&M (2-1) at Mississippi State (1-2), Saturday, 3 p.m. SECN: What’s the difference between a cool eccentric coach and a weirdo coach no one wants? Just look at the scoreboard. Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 24.
No. 3 Georgia (3-0) at No. 2 Alabama (3-0), Saturday, 7 p.m.: I know I should not pick against the Tide, but sometimes you have to live and learn. They did give up 48 points last week. Georgia 42, Alabama 38.
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3), Monday, 7:15 p.m., ESPN: At least Dallas has a pretty good backup QB in Andy Dalton. Dallas 21, Arizona 20.,
Last week’s record: 8-2.
Overall record: 12-6.
David W. Healy is the sports editor of the Delta Democrat-Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org