My father was Aunt Julia Ann’s younger brother, thus I am a niece, by marriage, to Uncle Jack. Growing up on the west coast, then the east coast, we all saw each other much less than desired, but the memories I do have of the times we were together are wonderful! My Uncle Jack was the epitome of a true southern gentleman, kind, soft spoken, but always wise way beyond his years. When he did feel the need to lend his voice, everyone tuned in to hear the often dry humored, soft spoken wisdom. He always reminded me of President Theodore Roosevelt’s saying of “ speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” The exception to this saying being that, my Uncle never needed to carry a big stick, he was that respected, and not out of fear. I don’t recall him ever raising his voice, not once. I have many memories of my visits, Six Flags, PuttPutt, Ranger Games, Rodeo, Stockyards, fishing out back, Christmas, Neighborhood Pig Roast, many dear memories! One of my clearest and fondest memories was when my Aunt and Uncle took my sister, cousin Jackie (all 3 of us aged within 15 mths of each other) and I to dinner at The Spaghetti Warehouse in Ft.Worth and then the Ft. Worth Water Gardens at night. Armed with a balloon artist magician’s hats and swords from the Warehouse and too much carb energy from the pasta, we were some energetic young teen girls in the car and at the Water Garden. (actually probably really embarrassing, loud, obnoxious and annoying, pretty atypical of the 3 of us, as we “Star Wars”ed with our balloon accessories to any passer bye’s as well as at the Gardens, that I’m sure would of had my own father telling us to knock it off!) My Uncle Jack, as well as my Aunt, said nothing and just let us be silly kids as we worked off all the carb energy.
I now have my own family of 3 grown boys, who we thankfully were able to take and visit my Uncle and Aunt a few times when they were younger. Although many years have passed since their visits to Arlington, mention my Uncle Jack and they all have beyond fond childhood memories that they immediately start sharing that I would classify in a “The Man, The Myth, The Legend- (Great) Uncle Jack!” type memories! My youngest, Trysten (as you can see from his post below, who was almost 4 the last time he saw Uncle Jack), and I really enjoyed the memorable, just before bed, bowls of ice cream advocated and conducted by my Uncle! My Uncle Jack was a great man and my Aunt Julia Ann picked VERY WELL. My heart breaks for her loss now, as they were literally the perfect couple together that complimented each other through each of their amazing, accomplished lives! May you all enjoy and find peace in your loving memories of Uncle Jack!
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