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Friday, April 11, 2008

Saying Goodbye To An Old Friend

Last night I attended a funeral visitation of high school friend of mine. He was 38 years old and died way before his time ... He was such a big teddy bear in high school and just like a big brother to me ... He and his high school sweetheart, Brooke (a girlfriend of mine from high school) had finally made their way back to each other after 19 years apart and were getting married in June ... When I heard the news I just needed so badly to see Brooke and give her a hug. I hadn't seen Mark or Brooke in over 15 years, but the core friendship we had is strong ... I am from a small town (that isn't so small anymore) ... When I walked into the funeral home it was like a high school reunion ... People came from everywhere to pay their respects to his family, his children and to Brooke ... I was so happy to see so many familiar faces yet the circumstances had us all very sad and confused ... Mark left this earth way to early ... He was a joy to be around and a friend to all ...

It was odd to see all the faces and think back to high school ... I remember fondly my high school years ... It was obviously filled w/ lots of drama as all teen years are, but we were a really great group of people ... I am honored to be part of the Smyrna Bulldogs Class of 1988 !!!

I don't have any old pictures scanned, so I will save myself the humiliation of the big hair, blue eyeshadow, and pop up collars ....

Sweet Sweet Mark ... You will be missed and remembered always !!!

14 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Brooke , Mark's family and you and your family..
How sad to see someone go way before their time..
HUGS

Jewels of My Heart said...

I'm so sorry Gwen.... how very sad. I will lift his family up in prayer...

nikki said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your highschool friend, Gwen...I also attended the funeral of guy I graduated with (a couple years ago)...so strange.
My prayers are with Brooke and the rest of his family.
XO

Leigh Ann said...

Paul was blown away...he actually introduced us on the soccer field the last year we were there. Praying for his family and friends.

Are you sure you don't have any pictures, your brother says he is sure he can find some:)

Love you guys!

Mr.Brian said...

It is hard to understand why a life has to be taken at a young age,when there are people in nursing homes who are praying to die.
Good thing we are not the ones to decide.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

TedTracie said...

So sad... so young... I am so sorry! So they had just been married since June? So not even a year?
UGH... that is so sad

Michelle said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. What a sad story. I will pray for strength for his fiancee and family.

redmaryjanes said...

I am sorry for the loss of your friend. How very sad.
I am starting to write my story for you.

KKamholz said...

That's a scary thought knowing someone passed at the same age as us. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends

May I ask how he passed?

Steffie B. said...

So sorry to hear of this loss...I will keep his family and Brooke in my prayers.

Kristy said...

Oh Gwen you sweet girl I am so so sorry for your loss. My hearts breaks for Brooke and his family. I know you are hurting and just wanted you to know that you are on my mind and in my heart and thoughts.

Love and blessings, Kristy

Denise C said...

Oh I am so sorry....I will lift his family in prayer and you too sweet friend!!!

Kristy said...

Gwen you are such a prayer warrior, can you please go to my blog and read my latest post. And please pass it on to everyone.

Thank you and God bless you.

Love, Kristy

Heather said...

Aww Gwen, that just stinks. I hate to see the pain of loved ones leaving us before their time. God has a plan, doesnt mean it makes sense to us.

So sorry for your loss, for Brooke's loss and for their families. You all will be llifted in prayer.

heather