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G - Billy & Joy Sullivan Family Recipe

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Added: Saturday, February 7, 2009

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In Picture: Front - McCoy, Lorne, Asher & Avery - 2nd Row - Eric, Brian, Vicki, Paw Paw Billy, Lexi, Maw Maw Billy, Shepherd, Susan, Lanier & Andy - 3rd Row - Lindsay, Leigh, Connie, Jeni, Katherine & Brooke - Back Row - Corey, Casey, Jody, Gib, Brandon & Zac.

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Easter April 2004 - The last group family picture made before daddy (Billy) died 7/17/2004. Daddy died on my (Vicki's) birthday. He was 73 years old and I was 47. This picture is on daddy's monument at Chandler Cemetery in Calhoun.

Susan and me grew up in a day where if you got in trouble at school, you'd get in trouble at home. We were taught to behave. We went to Red Bud and every morning all the classes would go to the auditorium and open with prayer, say the Pledge of Allegiance , sing church songs and close with prayer before starting the school day. We had teachers that were great examples to us and really cared about us and I'm so thankful for that.

Daddy & mama loved getting the family all together for a meal and playing ball. When me & Susan were growing up he was always outside with us playing basketball and throwing us fly balls, he would throw them so high we would almost loose sight of the ball. I remember thinking I'm going to catch this ball or it will break my nose. He'd also hit us hard ground balls, not sissy ground balls. He made us tough ball players to be girls, he wasn't hard on us, he made it fun and exciting and he wanted us to be the best we could be. He knew it was important to practice at home, not just at ball practice. Some parents would leave it all up to the coach to make their child good but not daddy, he wanted us to be prepared.

Anytime we were around water daddy would skip rocks across the water. He would barely flip his wrist and the rock would skip forever. It was amazing to watch. To this day I hear people talking about what a good ball player daddy was. It was amazing when he passed away how many came to the funeral home and said they use to play ball with daddy years ago or they would say they loved to watch him play and talk about what a good ball player he was. They also would talk about how much he loved to talk about his grandchildren and watch them play ball. He was so proud of them, he didn't talk about them in a bragging way, just a proud grandfather way. Even though Jody and the grandkids were not old enough to remember daddy playing ball, we have noticed they have some of daddy's movements playing ball or just the way they sit or walk and its so strange and amazing to see, its like watching daddy all over again.

One day Casey was at school (it was his 1st year at Ashworth teaching 8th grade social studies, he was new and having to learn everybody's names) standing out in the hall and 2 teachers were talking about who he reminded them of. He asked them "Who" and they said "Oh you don't know him." He asked them who again and they said "Zac." They said they went to church with him. He said "What church did they go to?" They said "Antioch." He asked "Zac who?" They said "Oh you don't know him, Zac Roland." He said "Thats my 1st cousin." They said Zac and Casey reminded them so much of each other. The way they walked and carried theirselves, always being so nice to everyone, being quite but saying something when they meant it. Connie was telling me this story and she said its seeing Paw Paw Billy in them. We never know who might be watching us, its neat how strangers picked up on Zac and Casey's actions saying they reminded them of each other not having any idea they were family.

Paw Paw was very special to his family and friends and everybody loved him. He always had a smile, never met a stranger and was a friend to all making everyone feel so special and loved. (Bic Bic)

 

 

 

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