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Simple Tastes For Neighborhood Friend

Simple Tastes For Neighborhood Friend:

A Farewell I wrote to Franklin Headen in 2003, kindly reposted by

Lord Baltimore Gin was his balm and pork his passion.

Virtually every evening after work, Franklin Headen would hold court from a plastic chair on the front yard of his home in the Fairmont neighborhood of North Birmingham.

Friends would join him—just a couple some nights, and half dozen on others. He drank his Lord Baltimore straight, no water, no ice.

He’d share his cigarettes and gin, (though, if he’d bought a big bottle, he’d pour some in a smaller bottle and hide his big one, so his guests wouldn’t take it all).

He was quiet around strangers but friendly, humorous and passionate with friends and family. He was a mediator and a sentinel in the neighborhood with a sharp sense of justice.

Franklin Headen and his simple tastes

FRANKLIN HEADEN LIKED PORK, GIN AND TO SHARE WITH OTHERS. SIMPLE TASTES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD FRIEND
THOMAS SPENCER News staff writer
Publication Date: October 26, 2003  Page: 20-A  Section: News  Edition: Volume 116 Issue 194 
LordBaltimoreGin was his balm and pork his passion.
Virtually every evening after work, Franklin Headen would hold court from a plastic chair on the front yard of his home in the Fairmont neighborhood of North Birmingham.
Friends would join him - just a couple some nights, and half dozen on others. He drank his LordBaltimore straight, no water, no ice.
He'd share his cigarettes and gin, (though, if he'd bought a big bottle, he'd pour some in a smaller bottle and hide his big one, so his guests wouldn't take it all).
Headen, who was 49 when he was shot and killed last month, worked hard, never had much, but shared what he had.
He was quiet around strangers but friendly, humorous and passionate with friends and family. He was a mediator and a sentinel in the n…