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The last ride of Bear and Billy

Legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant's former driver, Billy Varner, now struggles to remember the man behind the myth. He's not alone.

Updated: May 24, 2012, 6:19 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

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USCALOOSA, Ala. -- Something important is being lost. Each rising sun takes a little more from the couple who live in the small brick home southwest of downtown. Billy Varner has been married to Susie for 57 years, and as her life was once spent waiting on him to get home from a job that didn't know hours or days off, now it's spent managing his dementia. Each day brings its own reality. On the worst, Billy, who is 76, doesn't recognize Susie. He'll dress in the middle of the night and try ...

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