February 24, 2013

White Roses

In Victorian times, boxwood, bound with black crepe or ribbons, was placed on the door to indicate that someone had died.  In Ripley, a death is indicated by a spray of white flowers.  So, it was with dismay that I noticed the spray affixed to the doors of the Lauderdale County Enterprise offices on Wednesday of this week.

The owner and publisher, William A. Klutts, was rushed to the hospital two Sundays ago. He had been ill for some time but I was surprised to see the ambulance early that Sunday morning. His friend and partner, Terry Ford, was the picture of despair as he walked to his van to follow. 

The reports from the newspaper office were promising.  The last was that they were making plans to bring him home this week.  And, then, the white roses appeared.

William Alonzo Klutts
(Died February 20, 2013)

William Alonzo Klutts, 84 of Ripley died Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Baptist Memphis Hospital. Visitation will be Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 5 until 8 PM at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley. Funeral services will be 2PM Sunday at Ripley First Baptist Church where he was a member with burial to follow in Maplewood cemetery.

Mr. Klutts, the Publisher and Editor of the Lauderdale County Enterprise for over 60 years,was active in numerous civic organizations and was a Korean War Veteran serving the United States Armed Forces in both the Army and the Navy.

He is survived by extended family members. 

I didn't know my neighbor well but have formed a friendship of sorts with the staff of the Enterprise, his extended family.  To them, my condolences.

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)

Be safe. Be Blessed. 

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