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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ashes to Ashes

Kudos to Robert Parham for having a site that traffics in Essays as sublime as this one.
And congrats to Joe Phelps, a better than average Baptist Preacher in Louisville, Ky.

Grandmother Mary Alice Helton Fox's Brother Uncle Herman, a Church of God Preacher said it another way about 9 years ago at the Helton Reunion at the Walden's Creek United Methodist Church about 7 miles Southeast of Pigeon Forge Tn.
He said the group gone on, most recently Billy (My Dad) is growing larger every year to the point they outnumber us left behind. And every day I yearn stronger to join them on the Other Shore.
And about 15 years before that I remember hearing his oldest brother Henry, talk about his remembrance back to 1910 when a Rebel Confederate Soldier had them marching out on the lawn.
He pointed out the window to an ever growing cemetery--see Ron Rash's Sunday August 1959.
As Papa Fox used to sing
There's a Grand and Glorious Thought that comes to Me
I'll live On, Yes I'll Live On.

And so we will as even now the great American Novelist that wrote of things foreign--otoh see Cormac McCarthy-- to most of the polite discussion at Walden's Creek, even John Updike has joined the Celestial Chorus.


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