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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh gosh...

I just lost my closest Uncle today to a probable infection that came on suddenly and escalated overnight. Suddenly, he had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance...then before getting out of he ER, had to be intubated and placed on a respirator. He passed away before we could even realize the extent of his problem (although we knew it was extremely severe). We are all in shock...not even fully able to realize what has happened...or has it really??? Yes...it really has happened and I am so sad. He was such a fine gentleman, a Christian man, who would give you the shirt off his back. A deacon in his church (the same one he raised his children in...for more than 30 years). He sold Christmas trees every year on the church lot. Travelled up north to buy and transport them, and and returned to sell them. He was always there for everyone. He loved football...especially college football. He always built things with my Dad...rooms on houses, TV's, organs, you name it. Our families always got together at Grandma and Grandpas farm nearly every other weekend as I was growing up...and my cousins and we were VERY CLOSE. My Uncle and his wife were like second parents to us. So many good and happy memories. My gosh, Uncle Clay, I will miss you so much!

We will be packing up and leaving to cross the state on Thursday, for his funeral on Friday...and will spend a few days there before heading back home. Talk to you all when I return.

xoxo- Julie

18 comments:

Tootsie said...

oh girl...I am so sorry to hear of your loss...I do hope you travel safe and keep strong.
My heart goes out to you!

Evelyn Howard said...

Julie
I am so sorry for your loss.
Evelyn

Darla said...

So sorry to hear/read of your lose. Prayers for peace to all of you. You have my interest about a probable infection that spread so rapidly..

Lisa at Greenbow said...

How awful Julie. I will keep you in my prayers. Travel safely.

Claude said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear about your loss... At least there was no prolonged illness. He sounds like he was a great and good man, and the earth will be the less for him.

Cindy said...

So sorry for your loss, Julie. Have a safe trip. Take care.

Mashuta Designs said...

So sorry for your loss. Stay strong.

Arasu said...

I am sorry for the great loss. My condolence to you and your family.

marianne said...

OMG Julie how fragile life can be.....To be taken away so quickly.
My condolances! Wish you strenght for your trip and funeral.
Sorry for your loss

Hugs
♥♥♥
>M<

carla said...

My dad is gone now, but I too grew up with an uncle (dad's brother) who lived only about a mile away. He and dad did about everything together, and he too was like a second dad to me. He is still with us but i understand how you feel.
So sorry for your loss.

Serena said...

OH NO, Julie! What a shock it must be for all the family with your Uncle's passing being so sudden and unexpected. I am so very, very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers. (((Hugs)))

yoon see said...

Sorry to hear about this and I am with you Julie.
Take care:)

Judi said...

Julie..*tight hugs*
I am SO sorry to hear about your uncle! What a horrible shock that would be for everyone...how do these things happen? Do you know whether it was the "flu" they are talking about? Oh my goodness...I hope you and your family can be together and give each other strength. You have wonderful memories that will live forever....very sad Julie.

It was nice to have you visit me. I have missed you! I have taken some pictures of the soy candles/tealights but they just hve not made it to the site. They will though....

I will be thinking about you and your family...
Judi

soulbrush said...

oh julie, i am so sorry to read this, am sending you my heartfelt sympathy and love at this time.

Bethany said...

What a shock. So so sorry. He sounds wonderful, amazing and very well loved. Comfort to you all.

walk2write said...

I know you have some comfort that he's home with the Lord, but it's still so hard to lose someone close to you. Our prayers are with you, Julie.

Aiyana said...

Julie,
I'm sorry to read about the loss of your uncle.
Aiyana

messyfish said...

I just read about your uncle. I am so sorry for your loss. I imagine you may be still in shock. I am glad the funeral was beautiful, and I am sure he is watching you still and looking after you all from heaven.