Camellia Grill employee and fist-bumping waiter Marvin "Word" Day died Feb. 10. He was 50.
Day worked at the iconic Riverbend diner for more than 25 years and was loved for his jovial presence and familial nature, often fist-bumping friends and customers and greeting them with "Word," which earned him his nickname.
After news of Day's death spread, fans flocked to social media websites, posting messages and their own personal memories of Day.
Camellia Grill owner Hicham Khodr released the following statement:
"Marvin was essential to Camellia Grill's reopening following Hurricane Katrina, and ... will always be remembered as one of the finest 'Camellia Grill guys' our restaurant has ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."