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R.I.P., Uncle Paul

 My Uncle Paul Hunter passed away yesterday; he had been under treatment for cancer in the hospital at the University of Kentucky, which coincidentally is where he attended college. Prayers would be appreciated for my Aunt Jewell, their kids, and all the family.

My dad beat cancer a few years ago, and my brother this year, and I had a scare myself awhile back; but this time it was the disease that ultimately won. We can only grieve, remember, and work toward a cure.

When I was a kid, Paul and Jewell’s house was next to Mama and Papa’s, so they got a lot of spillover guests during family get-togethers—and with nine brothers and sisters in the family, the get-togethers could get pretty big. It was in a hollow in the area of Mousie, Kentucky; I haven’t visited for some time because I’ve heard the area has changed a great deal, and I’d rather remember it as it was.

I don’t recall now the name of the hollow or what road it’s on, but I remember sitting on my grandparents’ big front porch, looking down toward Paul and Jewell’s house and past it to the big mountain that rose in the distance—well, big to me, an Indiana boy.  It was uphill on either side, too, and to visit relatives you’d walk up the narrow road, past houses built in single file. Just about everybody had a big porch, and the adults would sit there, sometimes snipping green beans, while they got caught up. The kids would play in the yards, climb the hills, and watch for ticks.

It’s funny what you remember from your kid-hood. Even back then, I thought Paul and Jewell had infinite patience, for putting up with all the kids running in and out with what was no doubt not their indoor voices. There were probably a lot of balls and Frisbees stranded on their roof.

We all seemed so very alive back then.

If I have this right--and it is 4:30 in the morning, after all--that's my Aunt Ruby, Aunt Dorothy, my father Delbert, and Uncle Paul.

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petzipellepingo
Nov. 27th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:26 am (UTC)
Seems like 2016's been all about obituaries, hasn't it? Can't say I'm going to miss Castro, but I miss Uncle Paul already.
kazzy_cee
Nov. 27th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
RIP Uncle Paul. Sorry to hear of your loss.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks so much ... he had such a rough time of it this year, I have to say that at least his pain is over.
deborahw37
Nov. 27th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, it's really appreciated.
curiouswombat
Nov. 27th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss - but thank you for sharing your memories with us.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
Memories are really important, I think.
gillo
Nov. 27th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss, Mark.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
Thank you, much appreciated.
enigmaticblues
Nov. 27th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it ... we were supposed to be prepared for this, but ...
angelus2hot
Nov. 28th, 2016 12:12 am (UTC)
My deepest sympathies. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:29 am (UTC)
Much thanks ... it's always rough, these things, even when you know it's coming.
droxy
Nov. 28th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Hugs. I'm sorry for your loss. =(
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:29 am (UTC)
Hugs back, and thanks.
cornerofmadness
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss.
ozma914
Nov. 28th, 2016 06:30 am (UTC)
Much appreciated ... it was a rough holiday weekend.
spikereader
Nov. 28th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Sympathies and condolences to you all. RIP Paul Hunter.
ozma914
Nov. 30th, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, much appreciated.
cbtreks
Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
ozma914
Dec. 3rd, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
thanks. He was a really great guy.
lifefailsme
Dec. 3rd, 2016 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear this. Good memories keep us going.
ozma914
Dec. 4th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
that they do, thanks.
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