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Jack Folsom not famous, just a likeable, nice person

Traveling in the shadows of his legendary governor father and governor brother, Jack Folsom seemed to negotiate life on his terms without regret. It never bothered him to be known as Gov. Big Jim Folsom's son or as the younger brother of Little Jim Folsom, who followed Guy Hunt as governor of Alabama.

Mr. Folsom died Sunday in a Birmingham hospital from pneumonia at age 54.

He grew up in politics and ran unsuccessfully for the Alabama Public Service Commission. Some people remember him most as driver for his nearly-blind father who continued to feed off his own place in state history as he aged.

Jack Folsom probably heard his father's tales a million times, but always managed to enjoy hearing them one more time during their visits when he drove for the colorful Big Jim.

His brother, the former governor, captured who Jack Folsom was with one sentence:

"One thing I can say about Jack Folsom: He is the only person I ever knew in my life who never had an enemy."

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