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Roy Southard stands in the window of the Cork and Bottle Shop, a liquor store he owned for 34 years before it closed in summer 2006. Southard died Sunday in his home after battling illness for almost four years.

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Former Cork and Bottle owner Roy Southard dies at 70

For 34 years, the only fixture more permanent in the Cork and Bottle liquor store than owner Roy Southard was a chair next to the counter. Anyone who sat in that chair, whether it was one of Southard’s many nieces and nephews or a regular customer, was likely to be treated to a piece of life advice or an old fishing tale.

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