Today, January 13, 2008 has been one year since my grandfather went home to be with the Lord. In October, 2006 he underwent surgery for mouth cancer. He stayed for a while in the VA in Memphis and was later transferred to a nursing facility in Starkville, MS. Early Saturday morning, January 13, 2007, I got a call to say he had passed away. I did get to see for Christmas 2006 and knew his days were become fewer. He never was able to really speak again and was still being fed through a feeding tube. I am grateful that before after his surgery I was able to spend a day with him in the hospital.
At his funeral on January 15, 2007, I shared a tribute I wrote about him. Only the Lord gave me the courage and the words to say. I wanted to offer a memorial to him. My childhood was greatly enriched having him as a "Grandpa". I am thankful he is now in heaven, free from pain, but miss his voice and face.