Saturday, January 1, 2011


John Briggs
February 1948
December 31, 2010

We had big plans for New Year's Day. In the south pork loin, collard greens, and blackeye peas are a tradition on January 1st, so we were going to our friend's, John to share lunch and enjoy an afternoon of football, another southern tradition.

Last evening we received a call that John died suddenly. His wife of 28 years found him on the kitchen floor unresponsive. In spite of all the efforts of the EMTs and the emergency room doctors he didn't make it.

Hubby and John met when their employer sent them to middle management school back in the early 1980s. They immediate hit it off and became good friends. As a result our families became friends. We watched their children grow up, and now they have children.

We are devistated. We spend New Year's Eve crying our eyes out and much of today as well. Several years ago our friend asked Hubby if he would do the service when he died. Last evening when we got the word, Hubby said, "I don't know how I'm going to do this." Only through the support of prayer will Hubby be able to get through the service.

John had retired on disability back in 2000 after suffering a major heart attack. More recently he had been ill for several years with prostate cancer that had spread to his only kidney, which he lost. He had been on dialysis for over three years.

John, you are loved and will be greatly missed.


Deb said...

so sorry for your loss...sending prayers to you and your family

The Furry Godmother said...

Oh, Tee! So sorry for your loss. No wonder you've lost so much weight. :(

JTS said...

It is so very sad to have to say goodbye to a friend who has been a part of your family for so many years. My father died on Dec. 30th a year ago and it makes the holiday season kinda sad, because the happy moments are entertwined with sad memories. But we know we will all meet again on the other side! :-)