Ronald D. Jolliff Sr., 81, Metamora

first_imgRonald D. Jolliff Sr., age 81, of Metamora, Indiana died Friday, March 27, 2020 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.Born September 15, 1938 in Brookville, Indiana he was one of six children born to the late Howard & Anna (Snapp) Jolliff.  He was a United States Army Veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis.On September 7, 1958 he was united in marriage to the former Judy Ison, and she survives.Ron was retired from the former Ford/Visteon in Connersville where he worked for over 42 years, he also drove a School Bus for the Franklin County Community School Corporation for over 16 years, in addition to helping his son at Jolliff’s Garage and Towing.He was a member of the Metamora Church of God.  In his leisure time he cherished time spent with his grandchildren & great-grandchildren; he enjoyed racing and was Owner/Crew Chief of Jolliff Racing, and loved working in the garage and junking.Survivors include his loving wife of over 61 years, Judy Jolliff of Metamora; his son & daughter-in-law, Ronald Jr. & Jenny Jolliff of Metamora; three grandchildren, Tiffany (Joey) Britton, Brandi Jolliff, Austin Jolliff; two great-grandchildren, Kohlton & Mackenzie Britton; two sisters, Mary (Ron) Riddle of Cincinnati, Ohio and Betty Wilson of Columbus, Ohio.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Jean Boone, as well as two brothers, Floyd Jolliff and William E. Jolliff.There will be no public services.  Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.In lieu of flowers the family directs memorial contributions to the Metamora Church of God.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Jolliff family, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Alexander: Is Pat Riley in the Lakers’ future? Should he be?

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• A week ago, shortly after Johnson quit, the 74-year-old Riley, president of the Miami Heat for the last 23 years, was asked about it and shot the possibility down.“No doubt, I have a history with that team,” he told reporters in Miami. “I was there 20 years, and I have a lot of friends still in the organization. I had a good conversation with Magic after he stepped down, and I’m sure they’re gonna work it out. But I’m not gonna be a part of that. That’s not what I want to do.”But Stephen A. Smith tossed it back out there Friday morning, and it again had the fan base buzzing. And it would be so Lakers: Bring in a big name, and bring in someone with Lakers ties.• The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Lakers are the NBA’s version of the Raiders. Long after the run of championships has ended, there persists an organizational attitude that stunts growth and impedes progress: “The same old ways worked just fine then, they should work now, and anyway, we’re the Lakers (or Raiders) and you’re not.” The row of Larry O’Brien Trophies in the window overlooking the practice courts is not indicative of future success. A superstar hire, or a superstar signing, might get the fan base energized but does not by itself counterbalance a sharp, savvy collection of basketball minds … like the one the other NBA team in town has assembled. • And for those Lakers fans who hope against hope that Jerry West would bolt his consultant’s role with the Clippers and return to their team? Don’t hold your breath. You might turn purple.• We look at fan interest in L.A. now and we assume that it will always be thus, Lakers No. 1 in the hearts and minds of Angelenos, Clippers a distant No. 2.Do not assume.Keep this in mind: There are a lot of 7- and 8-year-old kids in L.A. who have never seen a Lakers championship, and who might be starting to get interested in sports and basketball and the NBA in a landscape where the Clippers are the superior team. Habits formed now tend to last.Consider the Clippers’ youth initiatives: A growing Jr. Clippers program, and the organization’s ambition of refurbishing indoor and outdoor basketball courts throughout L.A. Add the potential of their own arena and the ability to forge their own distinct identity, and an organization not wed to the past, the way the Lakers seem to be.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years This is a long play for the Clippers, and when all those kids grow up it’s going to be a far fairer fight. (Until then, just imagine dinner table conversations in those households where the parents are Lakers fans and the kids adopt the Clippers.)• There is, by the way, another pecking order that we just assume will continue: Dodgers No. 1, Angels No. 2. And yet we are into the sixth season in which a good chunk of Southern California can’t watch Dodgers games on TV regularly, thanks to the spat between Spectrum, which owns the exclusive rights, and DirecTV, Dish and the non-Spectrum cable services that decline to pay what Spectrum is asking per subscriber.Again, if you’re a kid growing up in SoCal and you can see Mike Trout on TV every night and Cody Bellinger hardly at all until the postseason, who might you pay more attention to?• Of course, this assumes that regional sports networks remain our main vehicle for following our teams. Again, don’t assume. The smart people in various teams and leagues are already paying attention to streaming, pay-per-view, and presumably technologies that we probably can’t even imagine yet.The Dodgers’ $8.35 billion contract with Spectrum runs through 2038. How do you think we’ll be consuming our games by [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img The world according to Jim:• At the moment, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka appears to be permanently ensconced at the top of the team’s basketball operations organizational chart. He seems to have Jeanie Buss’ ear, and her trust – or at least they both have Kobe Bryant in common – and he’s the one handling the search for a new coach.But this is basketball’s preeminent reality show, with apologies to LaVar Ball. Last week’s episode? Earvin Johnson’s stunning and sudden departure as the overall basketball boss (reportedly, just before he was ready to fire Pelinka). This week’s storyline: Pat Riley as Magic’s replacement?ESPN, also known as the Worldwide Leader in Speculation And Filling Dead Air, dropped that one back into the hopper Friday. It would be intriguing, and it checks two boxes with Riles’ history with both the Lakers and with LeBron James. But is it feasible? And would it work? Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more