Folsom's tough love loved by all

I didn't get to know John Folsom until he had retired from his education career. I moved to Brewton in 1984 and moved to Flomaton in 1989. But I heard the stories about Folsom long before I met him.

Folsom died Monday in a healthcare facility in Daphne, Ala., but his legacy as a tough-love educator will be remembered forever by those who went to school under his watch.

I've written a lot of stories about people who have died and the impact they left on the lives they touched. I've heard the phrase 'the world would be a lot better place if we had more 'John Smith's' living in it.

That phrase fi...

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