A prophet wanders Marion's streets

Sep 5, 2012 Full story: Clinch Valley News 76

He paces the streets all day. Rail thin, with long dirty hair, this man always wears the same clothing.

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omg

Moneta, VA

#21 Sep 6, 2012
Idk wrote:
As a citizen EVERYTHING U IDIOTS DO IN PUBLIC IS MY BUSINESS!! thanks tho
ur sooooooooo dumb! are you serious?
Anonymous

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Sep 6, 2012
Idk wrote:
You must live on pearl ave with the rest of the filthy white trash that thinks its acceptable! That is all! Have a "blessed day" ;)
If I were in his shoes should one ask for a hand out on Pearl Avenue or the likes of Wassona Park and the other rich neighborhoods. I am sure that one would fare better there if they were in need of a helping hand. I for one, don't let the outside looks of a person speak for their inner soul. What if Jesus showed up in your neighborhood with his coat of camel hair and worn out sandals upon his feet? Would you turn him away because of his looks? Many people did, I would really watch the way that I judged people no matter what walk of life that they come from. Be compassionate to each other; it pays off in the end.
Hmmm

Clintwood, VA

#23 Sep 6, 2012
Idk wrote:
As a citizen EVERYTHING U IDIOTS DO IN PUBLIC IS MY BUSINESS!! thanks tho
Correct - everything you do in public is YOUR business, not anyone elses, unless you're breaking the law. I, for one, would hate to live in a community that locks people up because they choose to walk instead of ride, or that wears dirty clothes instead of a suit and tie. People keep saying they "know" he has a 'mental illness'-- HOW DO YOU KNOW??? Just because he doesn't bathe as often as you'd like, his clothes aren't as nice as yours, he walks around instead of riding the roads, and he doesn't like to be bothered? He's not panhandling, not asking anybody for anything but to be left the heck alone. Why do some people think it has to be their business to see that this man is harassed, locked up, run out of town? LEAVE HIM TO LIVE HIS LIFE AS HE CHOOSES.
Hmmm

Clintwood, VA

#24 Sep 6, 2012
Marion wrote:
This man definitely wants to be left alone! But my issue here is this, in the article this man is called a prophet! In no way is this man a prophet! This is a man who walks around town, filthy, and then cusses at people trying to offer assistance. A prophet by no means would do that! A prophet speaks of love and of Jesus! A prophet doesn't go around in filthy clothes and cussing people out! It's disgraceful to use that term so loosely!
The point of the article was that, while a couple of "good citizens" are fighting to close down mental health care facilities, this guy is walking right down the very streets they are paying a private investigator to film to harass those needing the professional services. Hence, he is a "prophet" because his purpose here transcends his actions - he is a living representative of what they hate and fear the most, to the point that they are actively working to rid the town of the very services so many people are certain this guy needs. And by doing so, they aren't eliminate the problems of mental health, but making them worse by not allowing those needing the help to get it. It's called an "allegory".
Caring People

Chilhowie, VA

#25 Sep 6, 2012
Did anyone think he may be here for a reason? He may be here to test us to see how we react as Christians....and fellow citizens. He might be acting strange by our thinking, but we are those who are stressing out about him. He does not seem to care how we live our lives. We have no way knowing just what this man has gone through...pray for him. Count your BLESSINGS, we could be in his place if not for the grace of God. Mental Illness is a sickness just like cancer or heart disease. What are people so afraid of? It is nothing to be ashamed of, if you or a family member has it face it and get help.
beer and wine

Radford, VA

#26 Sep 6, 2012
OBAMA RULES!!!!!! Anyone can be homeless. Not because of Obama. Find out what it means to be homeless and the reasons why people become homeless then point fingers and make up reasons that do not include a man in the big white house who can do almost nothing unless it passes the senate and the house.
dddr

Ruckersville, VA

#27 Sep 6, 2012
I have talked to this man & offered him food & clothes. He did not rail or curse at me. He spoke kindly. He said he felt someone else needed it worse then him. He spoke as if he had not always been this way. I had a feeling that he is the way he is, because of something in his past that happened. I do not know his background or his story but I feel that he does need our prayers, and also I feel he needs a friend. Maybe someone should take the time to just talk to him, tell him they would like to be his friend. Not offer him anything in the beginning but friendship. Then maybe slowly, he would warm up and accept help, maybe tell what has happened in his past to make him the way he is.
Caring People

Chilhowie, VA

#28 Sep 6, 2012
I agree, we need to take more time listening and less talking. Finding fault and casting stones is not pleasing to God. Sometimes a kind word goes a long way in winning a person's trust. We spend to much time thinking about ourselves and not others. A wise Doctor told me not long ago, we should spend less time praising God verbally and more time serving him. It is what that is in our heart's that counts.
jklmbr

Charlottesville, VA

#29 Sep 6, 2012
Well, I for one feel horrible for the men but, I do not think he should curse or yell the way he does simply from someone offering, actually my experience I hadn't even offered yet I got close to him and he began screaming as if I had been trying to stab him. However, the whole get them out of town, that's pretty harsh. You know its rough enough to live that way, but to be kicked out of something you don't have? Maybe I have too much of a tender heart for these situations but, its my opinion..everyone should leave them alone and most importantly don't come on here bashing him for having dirty feet or wearing the same dirty clothes I mean could you imagine living that way? Plus underneath all that (aside from the yelling) he could be a good man
Caring

Marion, VA

#30 Sep 7, 2012
I think it is wonderful that the people of Marion has seen this and has tried to help. It just shows what a great and caring place we live in. I know he has turned down any offers of help but just know in your heart that you havent turned away or looked away. It is his choice but as a town it shows that we have caring people around us.
Really

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Sep 7, 2012
Sorry for your ignorance wrote:
Then I think, Dear IDK that you should save this man's poor soul and all others like him. Obviously you have the answer to all of Marion's problems. Good luck on that endeavor. Meanwhile, the rest of us, who although feel very sad that the whole country (not just Marion) have folks who suffer from various mental illnesses, are homeless, etc., will go on with our lives and instead of pontificating about these folks,(who are evidently just "eyesores" for you) will go about our lives, doing the best we can to make our contribution to society. I do suggest that along with "ignorance", grab a Webster's and look up "tolerance".
You know, no one sees that this could be an illness, due to lack of healthcare he's probably refused...I've seen people act this same way that has had Syphilis for to long and untreated that it causes people to act like that. Its when it starts eating at the brain so much that it starts turning one side of it into a cottage cheese like substance. They make them behave this way, and certainly calling someone a devil for offering him money for food, is a great ex. Maybe the health dept. showed be called in, in a way he couldn't refuse to be checked or even treated if need be.
All I'm saying is that this could be a lot worse then what it already seems. With what some of y'all have said about him, It really sounds like something of this nature! There has to be some kind of law that would make him be checked out just for the safety of others where he is homeless. In case this is something like that so he don't wake up one morning thinking everyone's the devil and out to get him, and just kills everyone off he thought was wrong for ever offering him anything!
the good wife

Glade Spring, VA

#32 Sep 7, 2012
We stopped and gave him some drinks and food one day and he accepted it no problem. I don't understand what the big deal is...
Shirley Not

Clintwood, VA

#33 Sep 7, 2012
His family stated he has been checked out by mental health, they have no grounds to keep him. They have guidelines they have to follow and apparently he doesn't meet the criteria. He hasn’t lived here his entire life from what I understand so maybe he has sought help before elsewhere. I feel sorry for the people that are freaking out over this one man, they need to get out more!! This all goes for those that are against Mt. Rogers coming to Culbert Dr. as well. The numbers of drug abusers/dealers, child molesters, thieves, or others that come within a stone’s throw of us each day would make your jaw drop. This guy isn't hurting anyone, he doesn't lay drunk, he doesn't deal drugs, he doesn’t steal, he has no ulterior motives, he has no weapons...I actually see him as a breath of fresh air compared to what goes on in this world today. He is happy with his own simple life which is something not many of us can brag about. Someone said in a post that this man told them that someone needed the handouts more than he did. This is true. So many families are being torn apart by mental illness, abuse and drug addictions. Help those folks that need it and quit worrying about the man that walks.

Well, butter my biscuit. The Cash Advance on North Main St. was just “held up” and the guy told the clerk he had a gun. Now he is on the loose and could possibly be in the Wassona area. And some people are afraid of having a building in that neighborhood where people actually seek help. REALLY FOLKS?
dddr

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Sep 7, 2012
I have talked to this gentleman and he was very nice. He did turn down the food & clothes I offered him, but he said it was because he thought someone else needed it worse. Before people judge him, they should think about what might have happened in his past to possibly have made him this way. People are always putting down the ones that don't work and are getting food stamps. This gentleman asks for nothing, takes nothing. Try offering him friendship first. Pray for him but don't put him down until you have "walked a mile in his shoes." There could be any number of reasons he is the way he is. The times I spoke to him he neither cursed or ranted. He needs friendship and prayers first. Then maybe later he will accept something from his "friends."
smart

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Sep 7, 2012
THE MAN WHO WALKS UP AND DOWN THE STREETS OF MARION IS A SMART FELLOW. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY THESE RIDICULOS PERSONALLY PROPERTY TAXES NO OUTRAGEOUS ELECTRIC BILLS HE WALKS TO WHERE HE WANTS TO GO SO HE DOSEN'T HAVE TO BUY THE HIGH PRICED GAS ALL IN ALL HE IS SMARTER THEN ANY OF US
Sad

Marion, VA

#36 Sep 8, 2012
I, too, offered him some money, and he turned me down. He waved me off and kept walking. I think it is a very sad situation.

You mentioned two walkers. One is Jerry Norman and he has always walked the streets. He is harmless. I give him money on occasion. Actually i will take him into a restaurant and pay for his meal or buy him cigarettes, because i know he is an alcoholic and I do not want to be responsible for him going to jail.

So what you are saying is that "The Prophet" is only here because of Jerry? Not true. I don't know how the man ended up here, but do know it wasn't because of Jerry.

I feel very badly for the man who walks and walks and walks. the the way some of you posters are talking about him makes me even sadder. Just remember that our economy is in bad shape and you (or I) could be in his shoes, and if you end up there, I think you would think that you deserve more respect that you are showing this man.

We need to be more compassionate. God hears every snicker, hears every comment, and instead of being so mean about these people, why don't you pray for them. God knows, they need it.
my life

Chilhowie, VA

#37 Sep 8, 2012
skunk holler bill wrote:
<quoted text> Don't agree and think it nuts and don't have a clue, but tell the man where he is wrong. I would like to know, because I saw the same thing. The only thing I can see where he was wrong was it was, the hell off topic.
you make no sense at all and you sound mean
compassionate

Chilhowie, VA

#38 Sep 8, 2012
Sad wrote:
I, too, offered him some money, and he turned me down. He waved me off and kept walking. I think it is a very sad situation.
You mentioned two walkers. One is Jerry Norman and he has always walked the streets. He is harmless. I give him money on occasion. Actually i will take him into a restaurant and pay for his meal or buy him cigarettes, because i know he is an alcoholic and I do not want to be responsible for him going to jail.
So what you are saying is that "The Prophet" is only here because of Jerry? Not true. I don't know how the man ended up here, but do know it wasn't because of Jerry.
I feel very badly for the man who walks and walks and walks. the the way some of you posters are talking about him makes me even sadder. Just remember that our economy is in bad shape and you (or I) could be in his shoes, and if you end up there, I think you would think that you deserve more respect that you are showing this man.
We need to be more compassionate. God hears every snicker, hears every comment, and instead of being so mean about these people, why don't you pray for them. God knows, they need it.
I know Jerry, he is a nice man and my friend. He does not know my name but I have compassion for him. He needs care and love like everyone else.Who doesn't have a problem? Who doesn't need prayer?
We all need to care for others, especially those truly in need. Many will turn their heads but if we cannot do anything but offer up prayers, then at least do that, Let's change the world with kindness. Sad's comments are so true, until we walk in someone else's shoes, we have no right to jump to conclusions.
One More Thing

Marion, VA

#39 Sep 8, 2012
I did see the man sitting on a curb talking to a guy who had pulled his truck over. There was distance between them, but I thought God bless this man who took a minute to try to talk to him.
The walker always looks so tired by the end of the day. I see him morning, noon and in the evening. So tired.
I remember Rev.Mark Ross wrote a column about a man who walk walk walked. Just walked walked walked. I wish I could remember now, what he said in that column. I see this man and it truly breaks my heart....I think...walk, walk walk.

God has put him here for a reason. Jesus clearly stated, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40. WOW! Does that include the insults and the snide remarks as well as the kindnesses that have been extended by some? Some people will be blessed and some?
It looks to me that this quiet man asks for nothing, lives in his own world and desires to be left alone.
To the man who took the time and was able to gain his trust? GOD BLESS YOU. God saw what you did and you will be blessed by it. Thank you for caring. If there were only more caring people like you.
Folks, his story is his story, just as your is yours and mine is mine.
wally

Marion, VA

#40 Sep 9, 2012
if i were the police i would pick him up and take him to the smyth,co. line and tell him not to come back until he took a bath it is sick to let somebody walk around town like that and live nowere

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