Recently, my mama and I attended the funeral of a dear friend, Mrs. Ruby Byrd, who lived in Jacksboro, Tennessee. She was a member of the church where my daddy pastored until his death in 1971, and often babysat my sister and me back in the day. She could tell a story and capture your attention like few preachers or trial lawyers could match. She fixed pinto beans and cornbread that would make you weep for joy. Mrs. Ruby was a great friend to me, my parents, and my sister.
On the way from the mortuary to the graveyard (there are no cemeteries in Tennessee, only graveyards), I noticed something that I haven’t seen in quite a while and instantly knew I dearly missed. Though the funeral procession was traveling on a busy four lane highway, every vehicle we met stopped in their tracks until we passed.
Mrs. Ruby led a quiet life until her passing at the age of 80; she was not a celebrity or a politician; she never appeared on TV; she was just a citizen of Campbell County, Tennessee. So I’m satisfied that few of the oncoming drivers had any idea who was riding in the back of that Cadillac station wagon. But it simply did not matter to these folk who was in the hearse; they were stopping as a condolence to the family of whoever it happened to be that had crossed the river.
Take a look at the video here:
This behavior is spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Sadly, respect is missing from our busy modern lives. It is missing from our personal encounters with our fellow citizens at the grocery store, in restaurants, and on the roadway. It is certainly missing from our political discourse.
And we are worse off for it. Way worse off.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.