My mother (her maiden name was Mary Jane Shore) went to school with your dad and his sister when they were in elementary school. I wish I had more details about it, I mainly recall my mama telling us, after your dad was elected as governor, that she'd gone to school with him. I remember her talking about them all walking to school together. It really made me proud that MY mama went to school with and knew our governor! Sadly, my mama passed away 8 years ago this June 28th.
I happened to be home at lunch today and was able to watch most of your dad's service. What a wonderful, godly man of integrity - loved and respected by so many people. I teared up at your story about his promise that you'd move back to Boone after his term as governor was up, and at the singing of "It Is Well With My Soul" (this was a hymn that my mama requested at her own funeral), and at the folding/presentation of the flag (which brought back memories of my daddy's funeral and the American flag being folded/presented to my mama in April 1983 - he was a Navy veteran).
I'm sure you and your family will miss your dad tremendously - and how precious that he was reunited with his wife on their 52 Anniversary - but you know where he now resides, and praise God, we all have the promise of moving there too one day because of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and comfort you as only He can.
Marjorie Murphy Goble