Billy, the greatest love of my life. I took your hand in marriage and vowed to be with you until death do us part over 50 years ago. Your unconditional love, passion, patience, kindness, and dedication as a husband made 50 years possible. You would always sing Sam Cooke’s song, “You Send Me.” Darling you send me, honest you do. It was not infatuation; it was love and you married me and took me home. Our love was always so strong as we grew together side by side, arms around each other as husband and wife into our golden years. Today, I am missing your love songs and wanting your tender loving arms to hold me tight one more time.
Because you are engrained in my soul, spirit and most of all my heart, I much like Ruth; “Entreated me not to leave you, Or turn back from following after you; For where ever you went, I went; And where ever you lodged, I lodged; Your people were my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will
die and there I shall be buried. The Lord so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth 1:16-17. Billy, I will miss your touch that was so gentle, your smile contagious, your lips warm, sweet and tender, your beautiful brown hazel eyes, your laughter and not to speak of your strong, sturdy, muscular body, especially those legs. I was always your number 1 after God and it is an honor to be your wife.
Billy my love for you grew even more when you accepted Christ as your personal Savior. This was the cement that kept our marriage strong and kept us praying and seeking God. When trying times came, we were humble, able to forgive, support and care for one another as husband and wife are supposed to because; ” love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self -seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs,” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5. You are the epitome of LOVE.
I continue to thank our Father in Heaven for the two beautiful children we were blessed with, Tenesha and Little Billy. There was no love deep and true than the love you gave them. As a father, you were an extraordinary model of what a father should be. You set the boundaries when I did not. You made sure they went to Sunday School and Children’s Church with us each Sunday. You prayed with them every day until you no longer could speak. Your grandkids were your life! The sun would rise and set with them in your heart. You were the nurturing Manny for Poppy, Nassir and Amayah. Breakfast every morning with our youngest grandchild Amayah, will truly be missed. “Papa” resonates with me, as I hear them call for you. Where is “Papa?” There is no greater LOVE than a grandparent! Now Billy, it would be dismissive of me to not mention your other greatest four legged love, Maximillian (Max). He was your protector and constant dedicated companion.
Billy not only did you love your biological children, you had a special love for all children and you agreed to let me bring a host of them in our home and helped me raise them to be exemplary young men and women.
Billy, I love you for loving my family of 8 siblings with 6 sisters-in-law. You loved my family as much as you loved your own. You loved my mom as if she were your mom and she loved you as her son. I remember when you asked my mom for my hand in marriage and she informed you she would have to sign for me since I was only 17! You made my mom proud to see the husband that you became to her daughter.
Billy, I love you for standing on my right and on my left when I made the decision to step out on faith and leave Pacific Bell after 20 years to enter the teaching profession. Without you, I could never have made it! You were with me day and night setting up my classroom dusting, sweeping and mopping, putting up bulletin boards the weekend before school started. When I became principal, you would work around the school helping every teacher set up their classrooms as well. My success as a teacher and
principal could not have happened without you. You are such an amazing hardworking man who would sit for over 2 hours waiting for me to get off and drive me home, after a hard day of leading a school so I would not leave school in the dark.
Death has parted us my love and I know I will see you again. As the Song of Solomon said, Billy, “place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for LOVE is as strong as death. Its jealousy unyielding as the grave.” Every memory of you will be with me until I see you again.
Your Loving Wife, Caroline
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