After friend’s unexpected death, this man serves others as his friend did – Alabama News

After friend’s unexpected death, this man serves others as his friend did – Alabama News

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Philip Edwards drove from Montgomery to Texas by himself to deliver donated supplies and aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He shares one story from the road.
Brad Harper

He hadn’t planned on any of this — the bartending shifts, the fundraisers, the road trips.

Philip Edwards and his wife own Heady Boutique locations in Montgomery and Wetumpka, selling natural and handmade products. For the most part, they were focused on building the business.

That changed in June after Edwards’ best friend, Levi Ragan, drowned in a fishing accident minutes before someone arrived to meet him.

“His fish were still sitting there on a pile of rocks where he’d been fishing, and he was gone,” Edwards said. He left behind a wife and three children. His youngest celebrated his first birthday about a week after the accident.

Ragan and his wife had spent years taking in friends who were going through bad times, helping them get back on their feet. At his funeral, a lot of them talked about how that changed them.

“I told them that all you can do is try to do what he did,” said his widow, 24-year-old Jess Ragan. “His goal was to make a difference on how people saw other people. He had that effect on me. I was so negative. He changed how I saw things.”

Edwards still has…

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