On Saturday, I drove out to rural Colleton County for the funeral for Leroy Youmans, one of my company's long-time foremen, who left this earth last week after a long battle with cancer.
Leroy was with my company's team when I came on board almost ten years ago. A guy with a can-do spirit, I never saw a time where he wasn't quick with a smile.
But I wasn't the only one whose life Leroy touched, as St. Paul's CME Church in Ritter was packed to overflowing for the funeral celebration.
In his time with the company, he took his crew across much of the Lowcountry, Midlands and Pee Dee, working on literally dozens of roads from upgrading rural dirt roads to paved one to widening city main roadways. If you needed it done, Leroy was there early, there late, and there until the job was done and it was time to move on to the next project.
In the 59 years that he was on this earth, Leroy built a lot of roads and touched the lives of a lot of people. If you drive around about dozen counties in the area between Columbia, Beaufort and Georgetown, you won't go far without driving on a road Leroy that helped build or improve during his career.
How much of a difference can YOU make in 59 years?