On November 7th, 2010 Groover Jenkins Hudson, our father, husband to our dear mother, and grandfather to our precious children, passed away. He fell asleep and never woke up.
Today we have gathered to celebrate his life. To cherish those moments spent with him that enriched our lives. I’d be lying if I said that every moment spent with this man was glorious. Our father suffered much like King Saul, in his last days, tormented by evil spirits. Such were the last days of our dad.
But he was a good man. He knew no strangers and had a hearty laugh that could warm the most frigid of hearts.
He loved old hymns, The Andy Griffith Show and movies starring Jimmy Stewart. Even his final recorded words were a quote from a Jimmy Stewart movie called Harvey. He wrote on a scrap piece of paper, “I choose to be pleasant”.
Our dad could be pleasant. He could be the sweetest person speaking the most loving, encouraging words. He could pray, too. The most earnest humble prayers. He had a beautiful baritone voice and a love of birds. He loved to go to Chili’s and always ordered country fried steak.
Today we have gathered to learn from his life. Our dad had a way of making people feel so special. He was gentle. So gentle even animals were drawn to him. He had a gift for writing and made the best pot of chili.
He loved boston creme donuts and always wanted to hear about our day. He was so proud of the accomplishments of his wife and children. We were his trophies.
He looked forward to meeting his grandchildren. He wanted to be called Poppy. He knew he was going to have two grandsons and he proudly told everyone he met.
Today we have gathered to change his legacy. To begin a new chapter filled with love and joy and hope. Our father struggled so much with the past that he could not function in the present. We will not continue this. We will live in the present, cherish the past and embrace the future.
Our beloved father, husband and Poppy will be remembered as a man who loved God and tried, as we all do, to love his family.
This is a legacy worth continuing.
Daddy, we love you. We treasure the moments you truly lived. We celebrate your life. May you rest in peace.