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By Willis Johnson

I’ve recently lost three friends to death. John Kelly of the Black Contractors Association, former Dallas City Councilman Leo Chaney and pharmacist, Kenny “Yogi” Patterson. All three have been a part of my journey in Dallas for the last 40 years. Yogi was Texas Southern grad that ran a local pharmacy for years and was a good golfing buddy of mine. He had a bout with cancer before I did and it just appeared to me, he never overcame the difficulties of post cancer status. We never played golf again after his bout with cancer and he was missed on Saturday mornings and I always inquired about his well being with his very close friends and now his time is up.

John Kelly ran the North Central Texas Certification Agency for years before handing the baton off to his daughter Sheena Morgan. But John was more than that, he cared about his friends, the vendors who needed him, his family and his community . He constantly was trying to make a difference. In fact, I called upon him at the beginning of this year and he and I and a few others had been working together on a project to make Dallas/Ft.Worth a better place for minority owned businesses, so we had monthly meetings that started in January. How would we know know it would be the beginning of the end for John Kelly. In June of this year, I got this text from John , “Greetings Willis, no apologies necessary , as I am still functioning . I sent it to Sheena to research. Did she get back to you with an answer ?”. This text is in response to my request of John Kelly earlier to ask his daughter to check on the status of the certification of a client of mine and I did not know that he was in the hospital dealing with an illness . But as you can see, in his response to me, he was working on behalf of his community to the very end. I will miss our meetings, our lunches, our conversations and friendship. Time is up for John Kelly.

Finally, the passing of councilman Leon Chaney, just devastated me. Just 62 years old and always the kindest man you could ever meet. Even when Leo was mad, he was stern and yet he smiled. He had a wonderful smile and personality and worked in this community for years, whether at DISD or city of Dallas. He left a legacy and you can see his work, but bigger than that, he was just good to hang out with. He was always willing to learn and listen to different ideas and thoughts and he was never “my way or the highway”. He would help anybody that he could. His commitment to his family and friends was evident but he always went out of his way to help others. I use to see councilman Chaney in South Dallas at various restaurants and he would always come over to my table and sit, no matter what. He always had that smile and I will miss his friendship as well. Time is up for Councilman Leo Chaney.

The clock is ticking on all of us and time is too precious to not use it properly.
Just my thoughts…..

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    [...] Time is Too Precious August 14, 2013 by maggie7299 Tweet Time is Too Precious I use to see councilman Chaney in South Dallas at various restaurants and he would always come over to my table and sit, no matter what. He always had that smile and I will miss his friendship as well. Time is up for Councilman Leo Chaney. The clock is … Read more on Dallas South News [...]

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