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Remembering Clarion-Ledger Columnist Orley Hood

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

WLBT had the privilege of talking with Orley Hood back in 2008, soon after he was laid off from the Clarion-Ledger, as newspapers here and around the country tried to cut costs. Even then,  Hood never lost the spark and the optimism that won him so many friends and fans.

"As a columnist, he knew everybody in Mississippi," says Editorial Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who worked with Hood for more than a decade. He says Hood was always a family man first.

"You would see his family sneak in, he would talk about MA, his wife, he would always talk about his dogs and his boys, he loved his boys so much," Ramsey tells us.

Hood has two sons; Hunter, a med student at UMMC, and Tucker, a teacher in Brandon.

After retiring, Hood did some volunteer writing for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

"We're going to talk about having some kind of memorial here at the Hall of Fame," says Con Maloney, who is on the Hall of Fame Board. "He was way too young to have been taken away from us, but he was one of those guys where a lot has been taken from us."

Hood was born in Vicksburg and wrote for the Meridian Star and Memphis Commercial Appeal in the past. Recently, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame launched an Orley Hood Award for Outstanding Mississippi Sports Journalists. 

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