My sweet, loving, wonderful Granddaddy, Marion, has passed away.
To say that my whole family is heartbroken, is an understatement.
On Thanksgiving, he was celebrating 2 years since his heart attack. I wrote a post about him then.
He has completely recovered and was getting around better than any other 83 year old I know.
And a heart attack is the very thing that sent him to heaven.
On Thursday, he wasn't feeling well. He was having pains in his left elbow. He visited his doctor who said he was fine, but gave him a prescription just in case. And told him that if he started to feel bad, to give him a call.
On Sunday morning, he woke up and said he was feeling 200% better... and then he basically collapsed immediately after that.
My mom just happened to be on the phone with my grandmother at that exact moment. 911 was called, my uncle and my dad performed CPR until EMS got there. And CPR was performed until his pulse was found.
He was rushed to the emergency room and a stent was inserted during surgery. But heaven was calling him home... and his blood pressure only decreased until it no longer registered.
My Granddaddy wouldn't want it any other way, though. "I feel 200% better," and then just like that... he entered heaven. Now he really does feel 200% better.
He has left a lasting legacy on everyone he ever met... and was part of the village that helped raise me. His fingerprints are all over my entire life, and the town that he grew up in.
Here are a few things about my Granddaddy.
1. He wrote a weekly article in the city newspaper called, "That's the truth with my hand up." And everyone in the town read it.
2. He called my Grandmother the "Joy of his life" because her name is Joy.
3. He had 5 kids, 9 grandkids, and 11 great grands (6 of them are mine). He loved his family very much.
4. He was born in 1930.
5. He LOVED Southern Gospel music and sang bass in "The Golden Chords" with his family, along with many other quartets he formed throughout the years. They traveled all over singing. And he is quite famous in the Southern Gospel community.
6. He served in the Korean War and also started a Gospel Quartet over there.
7. He was an avid golf player... and was pretty good!
8. He was a sign painter; and still painted everything by hand... and still WORKED! Many of the signs around our small town were painted by him.
9. He was the music minister at his church, that he and his family started in 1975.
10. He was ALWAYS happy, joyful, and had a smile on his face.
11. He had the BEST outlook on life.
12. He really loved Jesus and it showed.
13. The first time he ever met TJ, was at one of my brother's football games. He bet TJ that he could beat him in a foot race around the football field, and even though Granddaddy was over 75, it would have been close.
14. He would ask everyone at church on Sunday mornings if they wanted to do the "special music" that morning. He always said, "you'll never know if you don't ask."
15. He made the loudest spit noise EVER when brushing his teeth. And we always made fun of him for it.
16. He loved to rub lotion all over our faces. And we all hated it. And always wanted his hands in our hair, or on our face. And he always stuck his fingers in our mouths when we yawned.
17. He liked to check vending machines for loose change. And would use that money to buy our family Christmas presents every year.
18. I get my coffee drinking from him. He drinks it while walking through town, during summer... and I do too. He always said, "if you're hot, drink coffee. It will cool you off."
19. Anytime anyone ended their sentence with the word at, he would respond, "it's behind the at." It didn't matter if he didn't even know you. He was big on grammar.
Famous quote from him, "The worst invention ever is: air conditioning; if we didn't have it, we wouldn't know we were hot."
This is at his 82nd birthday last year... he said it was the first birthday party he's ever had.
Please pray for my Grandmother. Pray for peace and comfort for her. They have been married for over 60 years; and she has never spent a night alone.
She is no stranger to death, as most of her siblings have passed away. She even had a son that passed away when he was 12. But a huge piece of her heart... and ours is now missing. And it's going to take long time to start healing.
So please, please, please keep her in your prayers. She is such a precious lady.
And that's the truth with my hand up!