(RedState) -- The late, great Lewis Grizzard attended the University of Georgia with a man named “Joe,” where they developed a lifelong friendship. Joe grew up poor in rural Southwest Georgia. He was only a boy when he found the body of his dead father who had taken his own life with the family shotgun. Joe became the man of the house to his mother and two sisters. Despite a learning disability and poverty, Joe made his way to the University of Georgia. Afterwards, as Grizzard wrote, “[Joe] finished school and went to Vietnam. He was even shot at a couple of times, but they missed.”
When Joe arrived stateside from the war he was literally spat on by a protester at the airport. But, Joe loved his country, and he loved his hometown. He returned to UGA to study pharmacy and then, without a second thought, moved back to rural Southwest Georgia to be a part of the town that was so much a part of him.
Grizzard summed up his friend this way:
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