Monday, September 21, 2009

A Tribute to David (1939-2006)

David would have been 70 years old today so I thought I would do a blog tribute to him for his birthday. Married to my sister, David was more like a brother than a brother-in-law. He was always helping us out of tough situations such as towing back my poor wrecked car across three states after my daughter (yes, that would be Kim) nearly totaled it while away at college.

I have wonderful memories of David. For example, when he was dating my sister I used to charge my friends a quarter to watch them kiss in the living room. I know, I was a naughty sister, but hey, money was hard to come by when I was 13.

David, who was dedicated to this country, joined the U.S. Army shortly before he married my sister. I used to make him brownies when he came home on leave and he loved them! He remained in the military, served in the reserves and eventually retired from it. Here he is with my sister and his dad.

David loved many things. He loved his family most of all and when I looked through my pictures, it was hard to find one of him without my sister also in the picture. She was the love of his life and they were married nearly 46 years.

Here he is at a family picnic on Mother’s Day in 1968 and yes, he loved to eat too.

David and my sister at their daughter's wedding

David and my sister both loved the snow and were avid skiers. On the few occasions that it snowed in Atlanta, he and my sister would come over to our house and we would go sledding or just play in the snow and then walk to the Waffle House for something to eat. Back in 1969, I called my sister to tell her that we had snow, and David drove his entire family from Florida to Atlanta over some perilous roads to enjoy it with us.

David spent a lot of time at the beach. I guess that's what happens when you are born and raised in Florida. He loved Jacksonville, FL especially and I believe moved there about three different times!

David left behind his wife, a daughter and son, five grandchildren, a sister and sister-in-law (me) and since his death, a beautiful great-granddaughter!

Happy Birthday David! We love you and miss you.


Queenmothermamaw said...

Happy birthday to a special blessing in your life. It is so hard to lose someone you love any time. My daughter has divorced a (what was a wonderful guy, we thought) after only 2 1/2 years. There was reason. It is almost like a death. Condolences to your sister too.

The Victorian Parlor said...

A beautiful tribute to a gracious and wonderful man.