Rough Weekend

This past Friday, something happened that would change my life. To stop speculation, I am still married, everyone still loves each other, no one died, kids are okay, everyone is still in school, dogs are fine, house is fine, truck is fine, my relationship with God is still in tact. Nothing has changed except for…

My Top Genealogy Problem

Okay, if anyone is looking for a tough genealogy problem to solve, here it is: Puzzle Piece #1: My grandfather’s name is Leon Eugene Barber. His father is named Alden Burt Barber. Leon has a brother, Harold, and a sister, Anna. Leon was born in Batavia, Genesee County, New York. This is all proved by…

RIP Cheri

At approximately 7:10am on May 25, 2018, my mother-in-law, Cheri Lynn Cox Miller Payne, went to be with the Lord. Here’s her obituary:   Payne, Cheri Cox Retired From U.S. Probation And Pretrial Services Friday, May 25, 2018 Cheri Payne Cheri Cox Payne, 69, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, May 25, 2018, after a nearly year-long…

Her fight is almost over

On June 27, 2017, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with a tumor on her pancreas that we, later, found out to be cancer. She has been fighting ever since. Today, 329 days later, she is in what will, likely, be her last days in her earthly body. The evening of May 20, 2018, my birthday, we…

So Much Going On

Wow, where to start? How about a list… here we go… Melissa’s mom has had rough time, but is very much still alive and kicking. Strong lady right there. Cathy is employed again, no thanks to our spineless DA, Neal Pinkston. David is too! I have been participating in the Chattanooga Citizens Police Academy. What…

AEKΔB to my Son

On April 6, 2018, I initiated my son, John, into the Kappa Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. I was so nervous because I wanted him to have the best initiation he could possibly have and it turned out to be one of the best initiations I have every seen. This is not an…

Legacy

On January 9, 1993, I was initiated into the Alpha-Iota Chapter (UT Chattanooga) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Today, John officially received his bid to pledge the Kappa Mu Chapter (TN Tech) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. This is a very proud daddy moment. In approximately 60 days, we won’t only be father and son,…

God Has a Plan

Today, I hurt for my sweet sister. She, her husband and her children are all alive and well, but she lost her job. If there is anyone alive more reliable, fair, just, sweet, solid, tireless, caring and good… besides my wife :)… I challenge you to show them to me. My sister does not deserve…

My Little Boy

I always try to find a title to my posts before I write them. Given the subject matter and the fact that my little boy, John, isn’t so little, I was hesitant, but it just wasn’t going away. So… It is interesting to watch the different paths my children have taken in different areas of…

Hello 2018!

As is probably true for many people, today is a day of reflection for me. For starters, on January 1, 2010, my mom got her new liver. This was after spending Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2009 in the hospital. The thought is bitter-sweet because those few months were, simultaneously, the worst and best I can…