Once Dad made the decision to pass we were turned over to hospice. We asked to be moved to a larger room due to all of the visitors. We have a huge family on my mom's side and our Aunt Linda stayed with my sister and I the entire time. What a blessing she was throughout this whole ordeal. We finally got moved to a larger room. They gave us a bed to sleep on. Not the most comfortable but, when you are worn out you don't care. We dozed on and off from Tuesday through Thursday. Sometime around 2 AM on Thursday morning I woke with a start and knew dad would be passing within 24 hours. Dad had a beard and didn't look like the daddy I grew up with. So I gently shaved his face. I wasn't able to get his upper lip. But he looked like the daddy we knew and loved all of our lives.
That last night we started out singing a song he wrote called Red Rover. I will post that tomorrow in dedication to him. We each sang that because he never really got anyone to put music to it. Poor guy. I just know we each butchered his song. But, it was done in love and I know he enjoyed it. That was his testimony. I can't tell you the number of copies my sister and I had to make for him to hand out. Then we moved on to other gospel songs that he loved. My aunt and sister were standing on his right side and I was hold his left hand. We played I surrender all. Just before the end of the song I felt a gentle squeeze in my hand from my dad. I bowed my head to pray and as the last notes played my sister and aunt said he took his last breath. We looked up at the clock and it was 2:44 AM. That was incredibly hard. But, if you have ever been fortunate enough to stand by the side of a loved one as they pass it truly is a blessing. As we cried I called the nurse and let her know he had passed. She came in a confirmed that he had indeed passed. We had to wait for a hospice nurse to come in a confirm he had as well. A minister from Scott and White came up and spoke with us. We gave her a copy of dad's song and she cried reading it. We said a prayer around him. And waited for the funeral home to come and pick him up. Honestly it's all a blur after that.
I just know had it not been for wonderful family and friends we would not have gotten through. So with grattitude and love THANK YOU all for the love and support you gave to our family. It meant more then any of you could possibly know.