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‘One more time’ – Boro Snook Pack enjoys Erk Russell’s last ‘Damm’ beer

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Posted: May 15, 2008 8:39 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
‘One more time’ – Boro Snook Pack enjoys Erk Russell’s last ‘Damm’ beer

Snook Pack members are about to taste Erk's last beer.


    Apparently, Erk Russell wasn't quite done with his pals in the Snook Pack.
    The Statesboro and Georgia Southern football legend passed away in 2006, leaving behind many wonderful memories for his friends and family. Recently, his widow Jean discovered in the back of her refrigerator one more item Russell left behind – a beer. A "Damm" beer to be precise. (That's the brand name.)
    Jean Russell gave the beer to some of Russell's oldest friends in the Snook Pack. Erk used to meet for coffee every morning at Snooky's Restaurant with a group of friends that became known as the Snook Pack. The group continues its daily coffee club meetings.
    "She knew we would dispose of it properly," said Tal Callaway, a Snook Pack regular.
    So, at a 10:30 meeting earlier this week, Callaway and the Snook Pack disposed of the Damm beer – they drank it.
    The lone brew was brought out in a mini-bucket, draped with a formal green napkin and 12 "champagne" glasses. Callaway offered a few words before opening the bottle.
    "Erk was the most famous man to come through these doors and that includes governors, senators and lots of other famous folk," Callaway said. "If he met you, he never forgot who you were. He was great man."
    With that, Callaway popped open the beer and poured a tiny bit in each glass.
    "Let's raise our glasses to Erk – one more time," Callaway said.
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