Happy New Year and best wishes!   As we move into the New Year, we take with us our theme for the 32nd Annual Reunion: PRESERVING OUR LEGACY! "Thy Noble Sons, Thy Daughters Fair: Celebrating Our Past and Embracing The Future."  It has been said that gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  To that end we all can look back with gratitude to our school years and early years in Tarboro to the ones who inspired us.    I can recall this one gentleman.

“He walked in the classroom cool and slow, who called the English teacher Daddy' O, Charlie Brown …” You may recall that we use to play this song during time-outs of the basketball games at Pattillo when Mr. Brown was refereeing.  He would stand on the sideline with the ball on his hip and smile.   Why, because he knew that we were children and what about the children; where would we be today if it were not for the gentle guidance, mentoring, love and lecturing of Mr. Charlie Brown. 

To really appreciate his worth as a role model and a man I have go back to times when “East Tarboro was East Tarboro.”  When we were limited not by our abilities and intelligence but by the ills of the society.  He was always there with constructed criticism and an encouraging word.  If he refereed your football game on Friday night and you ran into him on Saturday he greeted you with a “now son let’s talk about last night.”  When he finished that session with you, his admonishment was “son, low and humble is the way.”

I remember so well his teachings and conversations in my youth and in young adulthood.  They have served as staples in my life and I am sure in the lives of many others.  Yes, where would we be today if Mr. Charlie Brown, and the like, had not been in our lives?