Friends for a lifetime

Bill Horner, Chatham, N.C., left, and Darrell Spain, Waterville, made many memories over the years.

Editor’s note: Former Advocate intern and Valley Heights 1981 graduate Bill Horner III — now the publisher and editor of the Chatham News + Record in North Carolina — has written this reflection about his friendship with Waterville attorney Darrell Spain, who died unexpectedly on Christmas Day at the age of 56.

I was fortunate to be a part of Darrell Spain’s orbit for the last 40 years. We were close enough friends that the gravitational slingshot of our relationship propelled me to some of the liveliest times, the most memorable moments — not to mention the biggest laughs — of my life.