• The Herald is saying good bye to our longtime Community Editor today — Jamie Stamm. I’ve only known Jamie since I’ve been here (about 18 months), but like everybody who’s worked with her, I’ve not only come to appreciate her work ethic but her sense of humor and friendly attitude as well.
She’ll be missed, but she won’t be completely out of the picture. You can continue following Jamie online at her blog — jamiestamm.wordpress.com — and it hasn’t been confirmed, but we are planning on continuing her weekly food column (which she writes with her husband Jerry) each Wednesday.
Good luck, Jamie.

• Many people know Barry Butzer as a former football coach or Army buddy, but I knew Barry from meeting him at the Jonesboro Rotary Club, and his spirit was contagious.
Butzer, 67, was killed in a car accident in Boston Thursday, leaving behind a wife, children and grandchildren. I didn’t know him like most, but I appreciated his always-happy persona, his wit and his smile. He always had great things to say about the paper, even though he was probably just saying it to make me feel good.
My sympathies go out to his family and friends. Sanford lost a good one.


2 thoughts on “Missed

  1. I am heartsick today after hearing the news of Barry Butzer’s death. I met Barry and Nancy years ago and sold them their home in Carolina Trace. Barry was one of a kind and lit up a room when he entered it. It is indeed a sad, sad day for Sanford and for all that knew this great man.

  2. I’m certain that I wasn’t the only one in Trace today standing by his/her mailbox with the news of his passing in hand and sobbing.
    Barry was truly a remarkable person- with his contagious smile, down-to-earth advice and bright outlook on just about every subject, you couldn’t help but walk away from a conversation with him hoping to see him again soon. What a dear man and how kind he always was to our whole family and the entire community! May God bless his family and friends at this sad time.

    Paula & Al Mategrano
    (USMA ’91)

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