Family and friends attended a visitation service on Thursday to remember and honor baseball legend Paul Eames. The event was held at Kimbrell-Stern funeral home on Dawson Road.
Eames is a member of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame and he also has a sports complex named in his honor.
Friends say he was a man known and loved by many.
"A fine man and a wonderful father and just a good friend, a great friend," says Al Fazekas.
He remembers Eames as the coach of his sons' baseball team and like so many other parents, he saw the passion the legend held for the sport.
"Paul always was a winner and he loved the kids and he treated them with respect and they always treated him with respect," says Fazekas.
Former athletes say their mentor had a drive to push each athlete to achieve their best.
"1983 was the year that we won the state championship and the man knew about baseball more than anyone that I've ever met in my life," says former athlete Danny Williamson.
Eames was not only an influence on the lives of children, but he also touched those who worked alongside him.
"I Worked with Paul back in the mid to late 50s and have been a very close friend of his all these years. He's one of the most remarkable person that I've ever met as far as willingness to help people. He will be sorely missed," says Attorney Jerry Brimberry.
He says although Eames is no longer with the community, his footprint lingers on the Albany area.