'Simple lives' make an impact, too
The death of Clayborn "Slim" Waits earlier this month didn't garner much media attention. But among his friends and many who knew the tall, lanky man from his years in Hartselle, it marked a poignant time.
Slim was well-known around the Hartselle community, as much for his overalls and fitting nickname as the work he did around people's houses.
He wasn't a politician or a "prominent" citizen. He was a hard worker, a dedicated church goer and a favorite at Debby Ann's Main Street Diner downtown, where he ate breakfast each morning for 20-plus years. A dedicated reader of the obituaries in the newspaper, Slim would volunteer his services with Peck Funeral Home if he knew the person being buried.
Everyone who knew Slim described him as a good, reliable and honest man. When he died earlier this month at age 81, the people who knew and loved Slim mourned his passing. His life is the perfect example of how even the "simplest" life can make an impact.