Tommy Mercer put the passion in compassionate.
He and I didn’t always agree. But there’s no one I’d rather have on the other side of an argument.
No matter what your position, with Tommy you knew exactly where you stood, and you damn sure knew where he stood.
“It was all black or white. There were no gray areas,” says Jim Whitehead, a boyhood friend and former county commission colleague. The two grew up together, and Whitehead, like a great many other people in our community, is heartbroken at Mercer’s death Wednesday at age 70.