Weary Traveler

Photo by Russell Kaye for The New York Times. Keith Gragg at a funeral home in Clayton, Ga., on Thursday for services for Sammy Green. Mr. Green lived with the Gragg family. “Only about a dozen people attended [Sammy] Green’s funeral on Thursday afternoon in these fog-wrapped mountains, tucked into the northeast corner of [Georgia]. None were relatives — they are all dead — and most hardly knew Mr. Green, if they knew him at all. The boys who built the coffin never met him. Yet it was the people of the county who made the funeral possible.”

From “A Georgia County Shares a Tale of One Man’s Life and Death,” by Drew Jubera, The New York Times, August 22, 2009.