From: Buddy Buie
Subject: Ronnie’s funeral
Your words were read at Ronnie’s goodbye. Arnie Geller, record executive and my former partner, gave an elegant and moving reading of your tribute.
Barry Bailey, J.R. Cobb, and Dean Daughtry were there. Robert Nix and Paul Goddard were not there because of health issues. The Atlanta Rhythm Section and I APPRECIATE your respect and enjoyment of our music.
Growing up in the suburbs, going to college in Vermont, I never dreamed I could reach my heroes.
It’s a sad day when they leave us. But their music lives on.
Ronnie, wherever you are, I’m still so into your music (and the rest of the band!)
By taking an alternative path, these musicians make our lives worth living.
I never really knew you.
Then again, we did. Millions of us.