It is so comforting to read and hear the kind words of those who knew my brother. He was truly a good guy. His family knew it and it will forever touch my heart as I remember the kind and loving care that Connie and the boys gave him during his illness. Please give them extra big hugs when you see them. They stayed strong for him through it all. It was not easy.
I was very blessed to have a brother who came along 7 yrs before me. As a little girl I thought he was so "cool". I will cherish my memories of listening to American Bandstand and learning to jitterbug with the best of them when I was only 10. He taught me how to play a mean game of solitaire. I learned that talking him into letting me stay up to watch Fright Night Theater when he was babysitting would give me forever memories of Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Egor in chains and nightmares...LOL. It was awesome to see the bond between him and our bulldog Jiggs. It was truly a "boy and his dog" story as they we on adventures together. As a lifeguard at Alloway lake he watched over me. As a young teenager I cherished his letters from Vietnam. As life got more complicated he was he was a calm and steady voice. How blessed I have been to grow up with him. Please think of him if you ever hear one of his favorite songs: the 1961 version by The Tokens called "The Lion sleeps tonight (Wimoweh). You can find it on youtube.
I will miss my brother for now but I know we will meet again in heaven one day where he will probably have on his string of (10)yrs. of perfect attendance pins from Alloway Baptist Church Sunday School. I'm sure that is where we learned life's most important lessons.