I had the privilege of attending a funeral this week of Ben Grizzard (Uncle Pete) who folks called a true friend. I considered it a privilege because I got to see first hand how one person could affect change in folkes lives in a remarkable and positive way. As people lined the church to celebrate the life and passing of Benjamin Grizzard you could see it through their faces how this one man touched so many lives. Some in a small way and some much larger. The celebration lasted for about 6 hours and folks just didn't want to leave, can you imagine having that kind of effect on folks.
There were a lot of words used to describe Ben's life, but the resounding word FRIEND was used over and over. A friend in need is a friend in deed was a perfect description of How Ben lived his life. It was said he was a great husband, brother, father and christian. But what was very clear, one person said was that to have friends you had to first be a friend and that was what Ben Grizzard (Uncle Pete) truly was to everyone that knew him. From the speakers to folks just visiting it seemed everyone had a Ben story. How he gave a lot more than he received.
It got me to thinking about my own life (Uncle Pete had that effect on folks as I could tell). How will I or you be remembered? A grest salesperson, Realtor, politician, citizen or what? I think that I would love to be remembered as a FRIEND IN DEED.
Ben, thanks for the privilege of seeing what living life to the fullest would and could be like. You will be sorely missed but always remembered.
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