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.