Mr. Ed's last Thanksgiving.....he used to tell me all about it....

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Georgia Realty - Rabun County, Ga.

This will probably  be the last Thanksgiving for an old Tennessee friend of mine.  He is 88, a veteran of WWII who spent three tours in the Pacific fighting so you and I are able to enjoy all of the freedoms we often take for granted, but which we should be thankful for every day.

When I first met him about 6 years ago, his son told me not to encourage his Dad to talk because he would 'talk my ear off'.  Mr. Ed did like to talk to me, but I liked to listen.  He was interesting and if I heard a story twice or three times, that was okay.  Mr. Ed was a wealth of information about a plethora of subjects and he told me all about it.

He used to tell me stories about Sam Houston , who lived in Gallatin, Tennessee, experienced a brief unhappy marriage and was the governor of the state before he moved to Texas where he ended up beating Santa Anna, securing independance for Texas and became the Governor of Texas.  Who knew?  Mr.Ed did and he used to tell me all about it.

He met some German prisoners during the war and picked up a bit of their language.  He used to greet me each morning at breakfast with 'Gutten Morgen'.  That would be followed by a story about the German prisoners and what good, hardworking folks they were.  He used to tell me all about it.

There were stories about coaching baseball and his son who won an appointment to the Naval Academy courtesy of hard work and Senator Al Gore, Sr.  Stories about his eldest daughter, an accomplished artist whose paintings hung in the Vice Presidential residence when Gore, Jr was living there....stories about his youngest child, a miracle daughter who arrived long after he came home from the war and whose childhood was the only one of his three children that he was there for from the beginning.  More stories about local politicians.  Even more stories about the many pets he had over the years.  He used to tell me all about it.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to have known Mr. Ed and to have been someone with whom he felt comfortable sharing his stories.  During this Thanksgiving visit, it has been difficult for him to talk.  His health is failing rapidly and his family is doing everything possible to make his last days comfortable.  He is proud of his family and told me a couple of days ago that he tried to live his life in a way that he was a good example for his children and grandchildren.  He told me all about it.

He has indeed been a good example for his family and I'm blessed to have been a part of his life.  This seemed like a good place to tell someone else all about it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thanks to Mr. Ed for his service to our country.  That's the one thing he didn't ever tell anyone all about. 


Comments (23)

Marc Baysek
Iron Horse Properties, LLC - Rockingham, NC
Iron Horse Properties

Mr. Ed reminds me of my Grandfather, also a WWII vet.  I sure wish I had more time with him, as I'm sure you'll feel about Mr. Ed.

Nov 25, 2009 01:52 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

There a couple of gentlemen in my neighborhood outside of Chicago, both WWII vets.  When I can get them to talk about some of their experiences...I'm glued to them for as long as they have breath.  They are a different breed and I for one will sorely miss them when they are gone.

Nov 25, 2009 02:43 PM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Great story and perhaps we all have a Mr. Ed, mine would be my father in law. I don't even think he knows how smart he really is.

Nov 25, 2009 02:49 PM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

A great story for the holiday.  We are fortunate to have the Mr. Eds to enrich our lives.

Nov 25, 2009 03:26 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Lynda, how nice that you shared this story.  It touches the heartstrings.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving, you too Mr. Ed.

Nov 25, 2009 04:47 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lynda, what a very nice tribute to Mr. Ed. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2009 11:31 PM
Bill Ladewig - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

On this day, I am thankful for thousands of American men, like MR. ED.  God bless him and his kind.

Nov 26, 2009 12:32 AM
Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 830-358-0455
eXp Realty - Canyon Lake, TX
My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty

Ah, nothing like a little heart-warming story about an old fogy to really get me in the spirit of the holiday.

And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving!



Nov 26, 2009 02:36 AM
Revats Real EstateVirtual Assistance & Technology Services - Raleigh, NC

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to Mr. Ed. And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Nov 26, 2009 04:52 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Linda, Thank you fro sharing about your relationship with Mr. Ed.  He sounds like a wonderful person.

Nov 26, 2009 06:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having the best Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2009 07:31 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


Thank you for sharing this very touching story with us.  I am glad I got to read it on this Thanksgiving day.  I wish you, your family and Mr. Ed a happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2009 07:45 AM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Lynda - It is amazing what you can learn if you take the time to listen. What a wonderful story to share. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2009 08:14 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Lynda what a beautiful heartfelt story.  Thanks so much for sharing that with all of us on Thanksgiving.  I have a feeling how you might be feeling.  I too had someone that was 85 just pass away and she was a dear dear lady.  It seeemed very odd today that I had no plans to go visit her in assisted living today. Mr Ed sounds like another amazing man and he's been very lucky to have you as his friend and listener.  Bless you all :)

Nov 26, 2009 08:16 AM
Lynda Hester
Prudential Georgia Realty - Rabun County, Ga. - Clayton, GA

Dear Active Rain staff and all of you who have been so kind with your comments,

When I wrote the post about Mr. Ed, it truly never occurred to me that it would be read by so many of you nor that it would be featured.  After all, it really didn't have anything to do with real estate.

We have just left Mr. Ed and Ms Becky (his wife of 67 years and as he would tell you, "The best day's work he ever did.") after spending most of the afternoon celebrating Thanksgiving.

To come back to the computer and find your comments and the very nice note from the Active Rain staff has truly made this Thanksgiving a memorable one for me.

Thanks to each of you for taking the time to comment and also for your Thanksgiving wishes. I hope each of you spent the day surrounded by loved ones and enjoying the blessing that is freedom.

Most cordially,


Nov 26, 2009 08:26 AM
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

That was a good story, and Ed sounds like the kind of person you would like to be around. Just plain good folk. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about him and his family

Nov 26, 2009 03:53 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Wonderful post and thanks for sharing, wishing you and all a Happy Holiday and making the best of it.

Nov 27, 2009 11:53 AM
Brenda Kasprzyk
Real People Realty - Palos Heights, IL
Realtor - Palos Heights, Palos Hills - Homes

thanks Lynda and thanks Mr Ed. I used to have a neighbor Pete who was 92, and he would sit on his porch and play the bones, and talk your ears off, I wish He was still here.

Nov 28, 2009 12:33 PM
Maureen Megowan
Remax Estate Properties - - Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog

A friend of mine's father was a WW II vet who was dying and he asked some of his friends if they could send his father a short note thanking him for his service in the war and for being a member of "The Greatest Generation".  I sent a handwritten note to his father, and my friend said that it thrilled his father to get it.  Unfortunately he died a week later. 

We should all take the time to send a note of thanks to someone you know who fought in WW II.  We owe them everything.

Nov 30, 2009 08:02 AM
Lynda Hester
Prudential Georgia Realty - Rabun County, Ga. - Clayton, GA


What a lovely idea and even though the gentleman passed away shortly after receiving the note, the fact remains that he got it, read it, enjoyed it and felt appreciated.  Good job on your part!

Thanks for your comment.


Dec 01, 2009 11:30 AM