Good (meaning nicely done) news-obituary today in the Democrat-Gazette by political editor Bill Simmons on Justice Jim Johnson, the legendary segregationist who took his life Saturday at age 85.
Striking quote, given the factual context of the obituary, from politically active real estate developer Jim Lindsey:
“He was a true American patriot, there’s no question about it.”
DEPT. OF AMPLIFICATION: Some readers understood, others didn’t, my original phrase “good news obituary.” The word good referred to the “news obituary” written by Bill Simmons not the news of Jim Johnson’s death, which, after all, I’d first reported yesterday morning. I’m sorry that my sloppiness created confusion.
UPDATE: Justice Jim Johnson’s sons tell me that funeral for their father will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Conway with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery next to his wife, Virginia, whose death in 2007 his sons say he never got over.
There will be a visitation with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Valley Country Club.
Danny Johnson, who’d been staying with his father, wanted to explain a little more of the circumstances that led to his father’s death sometime Friday night by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. For one thing, he said, correcting official reports, the shot came from a .44 Magnum Marlin deer hunting carbine.