Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I am sorry to tell everyone, Theo died yesterday February 20, at 3:33 p.m. in my arms and with his Daddy's arms around both of us. He finally left peacfully, but this whole last week has been really terrible. All weekend, we were just watching and waiting. We are both doing ok right now. We feel so greatly relieved that he is not in any more pain and is no longer suffering in any way. I went out today to run some errands and it felt so strange not worrying about what was happening at home, not having to get back to check on him, not getting up in the morning to the sound of his breathing and giving medication after medication. We know he is peaceful and happy now. I told Jamie yesterday, now Theo can fly. The following is the obituary that I wrote. It will be in several papers later on in the week. The Roanoke Times, Wise County's Coalfield Progress, Kingsport Times, Bristol Herald Courier and The Richmond Times Dispatch. The funeral will be held in this weekend in Wise County, near my hometown. We have a family cemetery there. It's on top of a mountain with beautiful views. I didn't feel right having him anywhere with a bunch of strangers. It is very far away, but I know that he isn't really there and really, it's a day's drive when we want to visit. We are having visitation hours Friday evening from 6-9 at Carty's Funeral Home in Wise VA and the service will be in the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with a short graveside service afterward. I sent out a separate email with directions and hotel information. Please know that we do not expect anyone who lives in Richmond or other far places to travel for the funeral. We are planning a memorial service for him in Richmond later on. If you do choose to come, we will be very honored to have you there. We'll be leaving town tomorrow, Wednesday and will be staying with my mother in Norton VA. I believe her number is listed with information should anyone need it. We love you all and know that you love us and are thinking of us.