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‘She missed everything’: Hubert Davis lost his best friend. Her memory fuels him
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‘She missed everything’: Hubert Davis lost his best friend. Her memory fuels him

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tell me about your mom.Whoosh. Back to 1985. To the perfect family — Mom, Dad, older brother, younger sister — and their suburban Virginia home. Narrow driveway. Basketball hoop out front. That big window on your right when you walk in the front door, with a little ledge to sit on and peer out.And the soundtrack to this memory? Maybe an old soap opera, playing in the living room background; “General Hospital” was always Mom’s favorite. Or maybe a Jackson 5 record on the turntable. Or a ball clanking off the driveway rim, then bounce-bouncing across the street. Or, more likely, the soft snap of the net as the boy’s ball fell through.“Just a loving home,” Hubert Davis says, beaming. “Just … great.”Until it wasn’t. Until Mom — Bobbie Webb Davis — got that canker sore in he...
Grieving her father’s death and battling lung cancer, Southern Miss’ coach pulled off a defining upset
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Grieving her father’s death and battling lung cancer, Southern Miss’ coach pulled off a defining upset

In 2017, Joye Lee-McNelis began writing her obituary.Where she was born. In the southern Mississippi community of Leetown.Preceded in death by. Then a blank space, not knowing if she would die before her parents.A note of thanks to her family, to the players she had coached, to the staffs she had worked with and the administrations she had worked for.McNelis had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. While thinking about her death, she focused on how her life would be remembered. Her husband, Dennis, thought she was crazy. She reassured him she wasn’t concerned about the act of dying. “I just want to plan it all out,” she told him. “There’s no need having you and our children worrying about it.” She wanted it to feel like a celebration.McNelis is now 61 and in her 20th season as Southern...