Dad's Tomato Garden" was called to his Heavenly home today (May 9th).
He fell from his bed after posting his last post Monday and broke his
hip. Surgery was planned Tues, but was later post-poned for health
problems. He was alert and talking earlier this morning, but passed away
as he slept, while family were with him. He was preceded in death by
his beloved wife Lavern. He is survived by his two children, Jim and
Ray, who was known to all of us at the old AOL J-Land as
'DAD', started his journal on August 28, 2003, nearly 9 years ago and
had since written thousands of posts. He wrote a journal for years on
AOL and then went to Blogspot with the rest of us journalist when AOL
closed it's journal program down. Born on September 2nd 1913, He was
recognized as America's oldest blogger in 2006 and continued writing in
his blog right on up to only a couple of days before his death.
once said that his purpose in starting his Journal was, " to help others
all around the world to produce a good home grown tomato." He was
passionate about tomatoes and grew between 50 and 75 plants each year,
riding a golf cart in his later years to check on his beloved plants.
Dad was a true Southern Gentleman. He never sold his tomatoes, but gave
them away to neighbors and friends.
Though he began his journal as a
help to others to grow tomatoes, it evolved into so much more. Dad
enjoyed watching birds and provided them and the little squirrels who
scampered about his yard with food and water. He even shared these
pleasures with all of his readers by setting up web cams in his back
yard! But best of all, his blog drew you in to it. It was a place to go
and feel at home..to feel as if you were actually sitting on the front
porch there in the cool morning air of the Tennessee mountains with Dad,
sipping a cup of his good old coffee, while listening to the birds
chirping. Dad always made you feel at home and at peace.
He wrote a
post to his blog everyday except Sunday, always saving that day for His
church meetings. If you look on his profile , you will see that his
favorite book to read was...The Bible.
He ended one of his last posts this month with this...
"This is going to be all for today, I would like to come back in the
morning, because I love you. Live For Others Every Day, It’s The True
The Better Way"
Rest in peace DAD. You will be greatly missed by all.
With thanks to Carlene Noggle for writing this tribute