May 11, 2010 @ 12:00PM

It has been a year already since GOD decided it was time to take our sweet baby brother home.  Jimi, you were an angel walking amongst us and now you are in heaven watching over all of us.  It is truly hard to believe that you are not with us anymore, in human form, but you will always be a big part in my heart.  Jimi you touched anyone you came near.  You were the best son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, co-worker and Christian.  No one will ever be able to fill your shoes.  I really miss your laugh, jokes, singing, understanding, patience and the big hugs you gave me.  I have so many wonderful memories of you the day mom brought you home, the day you climbed the fence to get into Buxton’s yard so you could go down their slide (since ours was taken down due to your hernia surgery), the day you almost bit your tongue off, and the Christmas caroling when you came home with a face full of blood and I had to meet dad at the clinic for you to get stitches.  I didn’t mean for you to get hurt under my watch.  I was so proud of you when you sang at Shannon and Mandi’s weddings.  You made their special day perfect with your wonderful voice.  The memory I will hold fondest is when at 45 years old you were brave enough to take 5 of your sisters on a road trip to Tennessee.  It was the best time the six of us had together in many years.   We had so many laughs, especially you trying to teach us older ones how to sing and had to give up due to the deep voices and of course we couldn’t carry a tune.  I know you are in a better place and are truly at peace singing with all of the other angels, but I am being selfish when I say I wish we could have had more time together.  You were the light and spirit of our family and will be truly missed forever by all.  I hope it gets easier as the years go by with you not being with us but this has been the worst year of my life with losing my baby brother and friend.  We have had new life since you were taken, Camryn Marie is Donnie and Aimee’s new baby girl and in July Shannon and Archie will be blessing us with a new grandson.  I know you can see how well your kids (cats) are being taken care of.  They fit right in with Wilma and her family.  Make sure you give mom and dad a hug for all of us and make sure they are getting along.  The things you do for yourself die with you, the things you do for others live on forever.  I heard this last night and this really describes you perfectly.  Your life will always be remembered for the man you were and the many lives that were blessed to have known you. 

Your loving sisterDebbie

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