One early memory I have of Poppa Jim was many years ago when I was in elementary school. Often times Nanna and Poppa Jim would come visit us at home while we were doing school work (these were the beloved 'home school days' at the Willoughby house.) I was interested in the military and would get books from the library about the military and the Vietnam war. I would use this to talk to Poppa Jim about his time in the military and his time in Vietnam. We had many good talks and I still remember the things he told me about Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. One day in particular, I was working on an assignment and Poppa Jim had a notebook with him with some of his notes on it. He had some of the neatest hand writing I had ever seen. I think it was because he wrote in all caps. In contrast, my hand writing was terrible, and still is pretty bad. I started writing my assignments that day in all caps. Turns out, it made my writing more legible. Nanna noticed how my hand writing looked like Poppa Jim's and said, "Look Poppa, his hand writing looks just like yours!" Nanna and Poppa were both excited to see it and make that connection. I didn't tell them then, but I was not writing in my normal hand writing, I was only copying Poppa Jim. I was copying Poppa Jim because he was my hero, and I wanted to be just like him. From a child and into adulthood, I have watched Poppa Jim give his attention and respect to those around him. He makes you aspire to be better than you are, and he will always be in my eyes a man of honor and my hero.
From: Debby, Your adopted daughter
My most special memories will forever be of whenever in the presence of Papa Jim, I felt his kindred spirit ands respect and love for everyone. He is so special to so many.В
Papa cherished his beloved wife/soulmate, Nana and his family. A true testament of his heart.В
From the day I first found out that Papa Jim and I shared this in common, I have a flash/thought of him doing the exact same thing and now each and every morning as I pull open curtains and blinds, I will be saying, "Good morning, I love you."
His Spirit will always be present and especially in Nana's everyday.В
How do I write in a little box a tribute worthy of you, Papa?
When I seek my heart for a memory, so many things flood my heart.В
The way you greeted me. "Hi, Sandy! How are you?" I don't recall one time of seeing you without hearing that.В
The way you laughed when something was really funny to you.В
The way you thanked me for a meal as if it was the most amazing thing.В
I will miss you at my table every day from now on.В
I miss you sitting in the rocking chair by the fire.В
I miss you ushering Nana from the car to the house and back.
I would be a millionaire right now had I taken your amazing advice 29 years ago.В
I miss your wisdom, your questions, your faithful walk and your better than any of us deserved love.В
As much as all the big and beautiful things I will miss ...В
I will miss you walking outside every time I left the drive way, guiding me out with your hand movements and verbal directions.В
I miss and will always miss... YOU.В
When it feels so hard to move ahead and go on without you, we can push forward with your valiant example. You taught us and loved us and your legend will lead us the rest of the way. Carry on, Papa and we will see you standing tall В with our Savior when we meet you again.В
I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to You, O LORD, I will make music. Psalm 101:1
From the previous post by me....
Grandchildren to love and be loved by*
Beamed with pride** and welcomed you by addressing you as Major Pollock*****
The astute leadership*
Separated by 51 years ***
Epitomized (not vilified)рџ¤¦рџЏјвЂЌв™‚пёЏ***
Though you deemed us equals********
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