Friday, April 27, 2012

Uncle John

My favorite pics of John....

 John holding Lucy and the flower she made for his birthday.  She didn't really want to say cheese...she just wanted to listen to him tell her how great her flower was.

  Holding the infamously messy Clyde...while they ate Lucy's birthday cake.

  Painting Lucy's nails.

 John and Lucy both beaming.

 John with Dad, Janet (his Mom) and Bobby.  Somewhere there is a picture I LOVE of both brothers together, but I can't find it :(

 John teaching Clyde how to do a particularly tricky puzzle.

 John and Iris half-heartedly wrestling :)

 John helping Clyde build a motorized car.

 Group shot. 

Though we're very filled with grief right now
 and we weren't ready to give him up at 33 years old
and we'll miss the way he starts the fun
and brings games...and puzzles into the gatherings
and is so very selfless with his time, talents, smiles, and possessions
and thinks of those less fortunate than himself
and introduces us to new things
and makes sure the kids don't miss The Neverending Story
                                        wear their batman costumes the right way
                                        earn a bear hug for their handmade gifts
                                        and properly experience hotwheels, tea sets and legos....
though we keep thinking we'll see him tomorrow
scurrying around the kitchen
cooking for a gazillion people  (and, boy, will it be good!)
though he didn't become our brother/uncle until 12 years ago

 WE ARE SO GRATEFUL to OUR GOD to have known him & loved him....for a time.
till we meet again

Everytime one of my loved ones goes on before makes me more HOMEsick.
...and I think right now....we're just going to cry for awhile.


  1. love to you sweetie!

  2. Dyan (John's Sis, and proud of it!)April 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Thank you, Mindy, for capturing John.....

  3. You couldn't have said it any better! He was a very warm hearted person and would give you the shirt off of his back even if it was the last one he had. He will be so missed!

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss, Miranda. SLS

  5. Johnny was my cousin. I am the oldest of the Murray grandchildren and I remember so many of them being born. I want to say some amazing words about john but you said so much in your blog. I am so happy that he meant so much to your family!!! He and His family and especially my Aunt Janet needed that so much.
    My kids, 20 and 19 said dad isn't that the cousin that mom connected with so well?
    how could you not connect with Johnny?
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Peace and so many prayers to you and your family. Squeeze my Aunt Janet and her kids, if you can!
    Love to all
    Jo Anderson

  6. AWESOME memories.......thanks for sharing. He will be missed so very much by many...<3

  7. I met John through my husband (Brian McWhorter) many years ago.John was so much more than a friend to him and many others he was more like a brother.So many hearts are breaking over the loss of such an amazing man.Our thoughts and prayer are with you all.Rest in peace John you will be missed.

  8. This is a great tribute, so sorry for your loss!

  9. Most of my memories of John were made when we were little. We grew up together. My mom took care of the Morris kids when they were little. They also lived up the street from us. I remember all the good times and bad times that we shared together. Although we lost touch when they moved from Chickamuga, the memories we all made together when we were little remain in my mind,and in my heart forever. John was an amazing friend, and was very loving. Growing up we were like family. I am praying for you and your family in the time of your loss. Thanks for such a wonderful blog about John.

  10. Thank you for such a wonderful blog about John. We will sadly miss him. We have not seen him in the last couple of years but we can remember all the time we spent with him and our family. Thank you for becoming his family. Please give my Sister, Dyan andr Bobby a big hug for me and my family.

    Aunt Kate, Uncle John, Michael and Brian

  11. So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family!

  12. Beautiful collection of memories of a beautiful heart of a brother! Praying for God's comfort for you all. It is obvious he loved you all well and was very well loved!