Quite a few of the Blackjack Oak neighbors attended George’s funeral yesterday, and his family was very grateful and appreciative for everyone who came. There were also many people there who attend his church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, and even some of his colleagues from Coca Cola were there. His family had many photographs of George and his wife and children, grandchildren, and of course, a photo of him with Winston. Those pictures of him helped us remember George when he was smiling and healthy. It was a good idea to have those on display.
George’s daughter, Cherie, delivered a very touching speech at the end of the service that George would have loved because she had us laughing and remembering the wonderful guy that we knew and loved. One remark that she made struck a chord with me, and that was the statement that George and his wife, Laura, were true soul-mates, and that George’s passing would have been much sadder for the family if they hadn’t had comfort in the fact that George and Laura were now together again.
One of the neighbors at the funeral mentioned putting out luminaries this Christmas in memory of George. I like that idea a lot. There’s an empty spot in the neighborhood now, and George will be sorely missed. The luminaries will give us all a little comfort, I think, when we think of loved ones whom we’ve lost over the years.