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December 20, 2017
Linda and family, I knew of Doodle thru Mary June. She was proud any talked of him with love and respect. I still miss. Her. May God bless you and the family and friends.
December 15, 2017
Dear Linda, Laurie, Bobbi and family,

Your Arizona family sends our condolences and deepest sympathy at the sad news of Uncle Doodle's passing from this world to the next. Lord knows he loved to travel and did as long as I knew him. He is in some of my earliest memories growing up there at Grandpa and Grandma's house prior to our moving to our house at the end of the road. I remember when Grandpa would tell us to go up to the red hill (now up by Uncle Sam's house) and race to the mailbox in front of his house. Doodle never liked to run that much and I was proud when I beat him. We didn't race much after that...

I remember when he used to take me to town in the old Falcon. It didn't run too fast, but it was fun going off by ourselves to Warrenton to the Snack Shop on Saturday night and the Knox Theatre on Sunday. Still remember the smell of the popcorn, and also remember the Falcon didn't have air conditioning. Sometimes we were a sweaty mess, that made the white Malibu with the red interior that much better because that air conditioner worked really well; too well sometimes.

We hunted together some, he showed me how to drive the tractor, we planted a garden out by the barn. We used to play in the hayloft, drive the cows from one place to another, and showed me how to clean the feeder pig barn. I don't think I really needed to know all that. He would buy me Cokes and peanuts, and give me a cigarette once in a while so I wouldn't tell on him. We had a time.

After I grew up every once in a while he would call and make sure I was doing ok. When we would visit North Carolina we would see he and Aunt Linda. That was always fun. He liked hearing my stories but not as much as telling his own. He wasn't very good at fishing but he was very good at eating them and hush puppies as well. I remember when once in South Carolina when he met and friend of mine and my dad at a place called the Shrimper. It was an all you can eat place. When we walked in with him and my friend Randy Bennett, the cook broke into a sweat and hung his head as it walked back to the kitchen. I remember that as a great night...

Uncle Doodle was a legend with my kids and they have passed down Uncle Doodle stories to their kids as well. The stories get bigger and better as time goes by. He will be missed but we are all ready to make friends with memories. His Doodle spirit lives on and so does all the love for Arizona...

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