December 6, 2010 I got a phone call on the way home from school that Grandma had died. This was not unexpected she had been going down hill since Thanksgiving. I knew it was just a matter of time and prayed it would be quick since I knew she was having pain. I knew she was now with Granddaddy and most importantly with her Lord and Savior who she loved both very dearly. This was a joyful time really since we knew how much she missed Granddaddy. She had made this very clear over the three and a half years they had been apart. As we talking at the church Daddy and Aunt Rosalie could only name a handful of times that the two of them had ever been separated.
I had only once before seen since such an example of a husband and wife working together and sticking together as I did Grandma and Granddaddy. They had been married 73 years. They also grew up together so they really knew each other. They worked hard at their jobs, Granddaddy at the road department for 30 years and Grandma at home, ironing for extra money, working in the garden, canning and freezing food, taking care of her parents when they lived there and many, many other things. They both knew how to have fun too. Granddaddy each year at Christmas with a silly gift for each of us and many years he would buy us clear toy candy to eat. Grandma went right along with him and laughed the loudest when we opened our gifts.
Grandma and Granddaddy left us with many happy memories: a love of birds and nature, going each year to cut down the Christmas tree, camping, going to the bread store, going to the barber shop with Granddaddy, going to Waynesboro for groceries, picnics in the backyard each summer, roasting corn on the cob on an open fire, freezing and canning food, taking care of Mam Maw and Pap Pap,working in the shop downstairs, learning to sew and trying to knit, learning to spend our money wisely and many other things BUT most of all to love our Lord and Savior and to listen to our parents. We miss both of you already but know we will see you some day soon with our Lord!
This is Dwight (my younger but just as gray as I am) brother with his lovely wife Carrie. Aren't they such a cute couple.
My older brother Tim ( has the least gray of all three of us) and his wife Tania. What a sweet couple. Can you tell they were picking on me about my gray hair?
We got a little snow while we were there. Thankfully we did not get this the day of the funeral. Rachel tried to make a snowball or a snowman but it was way to dry.