|Vol I Issue 7 Page I||We support Prosperity for Poor Valley||Poetry To The People!|
|To the Longevity Of Uncle Dave Collins|| In Memory of John "Dub" Heath||
I read this to Uncle Dave as he stood beside me at 100th birthday
party. Quite a crowd of folks there. Quite an honor for me.
As I composed this poem,
One thing bore on my mind,
Uncle Dave was born
In a much simpler time.
When he looked up into the sky,
He's seen the end of smallpox,
He's seen two major World Wars,
He's eaten tons of pinto beans
Of all the things that Dave has heard,
Happy birthday, Uncle Dave,
I was privileged to write a poem for Uncle Dave's 10st birthday also.
He serves as an example
For those who're here tonight. A good man is our Uncle Dave,
A witness for our Lord,
He is a cheerful giver,
Good man to have aboard. The Lord has blessed this gentle man,
Who prays a simple prayer
That makes us all feel wonderful,
We know it gets up There. He's not as strong as once he was,
His steps are not as long,
I can tell you now, my friends,
His spirit's still as strong. A century has he lived on earth,
In fact, it's one year plus.
He's been a pillar at our church,
A friend to all of us. So happy birthday, Uncle Dave,
We love you, one and all,
Old friend, in our mind's eye today,
You're standing six feet tall!
Uncle Dave was standing at my side in front of the pulpit when I read this 101st Birthday poem. I felt quite humbled.
The previous year, at his Century birthday party, I congratulated him, and he responded. "You know, Mr. Morgan, if I had known I was going to live to be this old, I would have taken better care of myself." At one hundred years of age, he was still as sharp as I was at fifty-five.
John was a friend to all of us,
Oh, yes, he was our friend,
He fell asleep on Sunday last,
He will not wake again.
Soft spoken was this friend of ours,
Remember Dub the way he was,
He called a land line a "hello phone,"
Some were pleased to call him Dub.
Those of us who are still here
Dub was known on the amateur radio bands as KC4AUO
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