The stories began with Gary’s thoughts. Brad said, “If you disagree, you can take it up with Gary in heaven.”
This picture of Gary represents his attitude in his youth.
My husband and others told of all the mischief the cousins and their friends created. Legend has it that Gary ate Mrs. Farrell’s prize pear, while it was still on the tree. When she came to inspect it, all that was left was a pear core hanging by the stem. He was a fighter and could send 3 men to the hospital.
By the time I entered the family, 40 years ago, Gary had mellowed and this is the man I knew.
Brad said, “He would give you the shirt off his back and the gas money to come get it.” He left his warm bed at midnight because I had a mouse in the house. He patiently taught my son how to work on a car.
Most of the Bacoms attended the memorial.
We had representatives from most of the 8 families which produced 61 first cousins.
My family attended.
And we could not have pulled it off without the help of our church family.
Thank you all for helping Brad to say goodbye to his brother.