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He made us think

  • Friday, June 27, 2014

To the Editor:

John Brock made his final trip on Wednesday, going to his Father above.

Long-time columnist for the Georgetown Times and its sister papers, John got lots of people stirred up.

Many were stirred up with patriotism, a feeling of being among the blessed of the earth, and those who hankered after a simpler time.

Others got stirred up, stewed, and in a swivet because they didn’t agree with what he had to say and thought he should just shut up.

John started his column in the Times in 1999, under then-editor Jesse Tullos.

Writing was nothing new to John. In his long and varied career he was a writer, editor, publisher, movie producer, college professor and president.

He was also a devoted and loving husband to Barbara for some 60-plus years, a dad and grandpa.

He retired a time or two from various careers, and just last month he ended his columns for this newspaper.

But John Brock never retired from being a man of God, family man, a caring man or a humble man.

He was right proud of his family, his church and of the South. He welcomed his Yankee brothers and sisters, but wasn’t one to avoid serious issues facing the country, the world or his beloved South.

He stirred the pot. He shared his thoughts and ideas, and always added in enough ingredients to make us think.

Despite his laid-back ways, John was sharp. Through all his years, his columns for the Georgetown Times and for his website, he knew some folks would agree, others would not, but all would find something to think about.

Most who disagreed would find a way to share their contrary opinions in a respectable and respectful way. Some wouldn’t, but John knew that by making people think his columns would help people grow.

John started his columns with the newspaper a year before I became a reporter there. He wrote for a couple of months after I retired. Along with thousands of others – at First Baptist Church, in his community, and through his and his wife’s many activities – I’ve been blessed to know John and Barbara Brock. I cherish the memories, the challenges and the life lessons.

Thank you, John Brock, for making us think, and for caring enough to give us your best.

Tommy Howard

Georgetown

Howard recently retired as editor of the Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times and Inlet Outlook after 14 years.

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