By SAM HATCHER
John Bryan said his good-byes as publisher of The Wilson Post in a column Wednesday and now I’ll take this opportunity to respond.
John and I have been friends for more than 25 years. But we have never been friends like we have been for the past seven years. I think he addressed that well in his column.
We’ve shared both good times and struggles. We’ve exchanged stories about our families, our children and been with each other as relatives have struggled with illness.
I will, I do, miss John at our office already.
We’ve had inquiries about possible replacement possibilities for him but truthfully I’m not sure what the qualifications or requirements for his job should entail.
He did some writing, uncovered news stories on a regular basis, was great with a camera, had a substantial group of advertisers who relied on his ideas, coordinated the logistics in our press room and was a master with computers.
John will sorely be missed by us all.
Derby Jones, who is the publisher of our newspaper in Franklin and is a partner in the company, had perhaps the best idea. He said before replacing John we should wait awhile and see where his absence hurts the most.
In any event I can say that John’s leaving is not a good thing. But I can also say we understand his enthusiasm to embark on a new career outside the 26-year career he has spent in newspaper publishing.
John is still a partner in our company with a significant investment. He has pledged his continued support and believe it or not he says he’ll keep the same cell phone number just in case we need him in an emergency.
Trust me, at some point in the future his phone will ring, there will be an issue or a problem at the newspaper, and John Bryan will answer saying “sure, if I can help, I’ll be there in a minute.”
He’s just that kind of guy.
We wish him the very best in his new career as a community banker.