Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent
Ripley senior Ravye Williams looks downcourt during the Blue Jays' 78-37 defeat of West Union in Ripley, Ohio, in this Dec. 10, 2010 file photo. Williams scored 15 points in the game.
When 19th-century Scottish poet Thomas Campbell wrote those words, context suggests he was referring to the intangible impact some people make, ensuring they are remembered and cherished after their death.
The late Ravye Williams certainly falls into that category -- just look at what's going on at the Ripley city courts and talk to some of Williams' many acquaintances.
But it doesn't stop there, as Williams is still tangibly making a difference, too. If all goes as planned, he will have literally left his own heart and other organs behind to keep some organ donation recipients alive.
Williams, 19, died Sunday at University Hospital in Cincinnati after a car accident on U.S. 52 in Clermont County on Saturday. When the U.S. Army Reserves member and former three-sport Ripley Blue Jays athlete is laid to rest Friday, his body will be without its heart, lungs, kidneys and more, as those organs are slated for donation.
That's just the way he would have wanted it, family, friends and coaches said.