Linder passed away.
Linder had been honored last august at tupelo high school's preseason football banquet.
But his legacy lives on.
On thursday night, on what would have been coach linder's 73rd birthday, his longtime friend, travis beard, was awarded with the mickey linder spirit award at the golden wave's preseason banquet at tupelo's first baptist church.
Beard is a former coach at milam and carver schools in tupelo.
These days, beard is president of the tupelo city council.
Beard spoke with us about his lifelong friendship with coach linder.
"according to the bible, there's friends closer than a brother, and that's the way he and i were, we were friends, and we were closer than our brothers."