We lost a hero today.

Thirty four years ago, Mayor Max Heller led me, as a shy 16 year old journalism student at Greenville High, on a tour of the yet-to-be revitalized Downtown Greenville.  As we walked down Main Street, he shared his vision and his dreams for what is now one of the best downtowns in the country.  On that day, I found a new great friend, an new mentor, and a new hero.  On that day, I was honored to start a friendship with one of the Southeast’s greatest statesmen and gentleman.

Today, Greenville lost one of her greatest heros.

He had a deep, deep love for the Greenville that embraced him.  He loved his family and grandchildren.  He loved Trude.  He loved all people regardless of what they looked like, or where they lived, or where they worshipped.  He believed in Greenville and was able to help Greenville believe in herself.   Most of all, Max was a man of honor, high principles, and integrity.

Max, we love you.   There is a big hole in our hearts today.  You will be greatly missed, but never, never forgotten.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerry Richmond on June 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I never had the opportunity to meet this man of vision, however, I have the pleasure of enjoying his dream everytime I’m downtown.


  2. A thoughtful tribute for an individual we should all be thankful for regarding the legacy he left.


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