A sweet friend gone

first_img Published 2:00 am Saturday, October 24, 2015 Sponsored Content Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Just how long I have known Mr. Grover Poole, I’m not sure.Maybe our friendship goes back to the long-hot and hard day I spent with him snaking logs out of the deep woods somewhere around the Conecuh River. Maybe, it was even before that. Memory doesn’t serve me that well.But my memory is crystal clear when it comes to sharing stories with him, riding the horse-drawn wagon with him and Miss Molen or sipping cane juice that Donna Gail squeezed just for us. By The Penny Hoarder Skip Email the author You Might Like POW-WOW!: Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe holds event at university MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONTroy University hosted the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Powwow Friday for a school day event…. read more Many times Mr. Grover asked me to tell about the time Mama wore me out at a cane mill over near Texasville. We were on the Greyhound bus bound for Eufaula when the bus driver, Mr. Jack Knight, announced we were going to stop at a cane mill on the way.That was nothing unusual for a Greyhound bus driver to do back then. Mr. Jack would stop the bus and let us, the passengers, pick blackberries or plums along the fencerow or see a newborn calf or for any other things of interest.I was excited to get my first sip of cane juice that Mr. Jack said was the sweetest thing on earth. And, I might have gotten a sip if the passengers had not been passing around the dipper. I knew Mama was not about to drink after all those folks nor was she to let me drink after them. I pulled away from her and went around to the other side of cane mill and around and around. But I was no match for my long, lanky mama. She caught me, dragged me down the little hill and behind the bus where she “handled” me.Mr. Grover liked me to tell that story again and again. He said as long as he had cane juice, I would not go wanting.Every year around this time, Mr. Grover would stop by The Messenger with a gallon of cane juice for me. He never let me pay him. “I want you to have it” and I appreciated that. But the sweetest cane juice in the world was the juice I drank right from the dipper at Mr. Grover’s cane mill and he always had a story to go along with the sipping.He was a wonderful storyteller, a master storyteller. And, as Kari Barley said the other day, every story was told with a twinkle in his eyes. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… A sweet friend gone I’ve heard a lot of storytellers in my life and a lot of good ones and Mr. Grover was right up there at the top. He had the gift of storytelling and he had the life experiences from which to draw from mule skinnin’ to snakin’ logs to “ah, moonshinin,’” he would laugh and say. “Can’t tell it all.”About Christmastime one year, I had the idea for a photo of a Christmas tree being brought home the old fashioned way – on a horse-drawn sled.But, Mr. Grover didn’t know of a tree anywhere on his property that we could cut.“What if I borrow a tree from over at Hendrick’s Homecenter and we pull it?”He started laughing and he laughed some more. But he didn’t say, no.That was a story that we kept to ourselves but we always got a good laugh out of it.Mr. Grover was one of a kind. There will never be another like him. Pike County has lost a part of its heart and soul.From now on, I’ll think of Mr. Grover with every sip of cane juice I take. But it will never be as sweet again. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

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