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Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)
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Bio Photo I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of our precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. My wife and I are retired and we love it! I love riding the back-roads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all.

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Anne Beckman
Hi, Tom!

Bill and I had a great time celebrating our

25th wedding anniversary! We were spoiled with

spending $$$, for the trip, which was also a gift

for my birthday, which is a month before the ann-

iversary. Driving to Georgia and back was tiring

and hard on my bones, but we certainly saw lovely

hills and pines and Georgia's red earth. We stayed

at a resort, Calaway Gardens, which I'd been to as

a little girl. (My mother's parents, who lived

there, joined my family for a lovely vacation.)

Bill and I were there too late in the summer to

"enjoy the gardens" as all the flowers (magnolias,

gardenias, azalias) had come and gone, BUT we

enjoyed other parts of the resort: there is a

butterfly conservatory that is just a corner of

HEAVEN! There are scores and scores of beautiful

butterflies fluttering about, in a gorgeous area

of many trees and two waterfalls. One waterfall

is made to look natural, with rocks surrounding

it and the other is modern. It's a sheet of

metal, over a wall, with the water cascading over

it. There's a turtle and a wide mouthed bass in

the pool: we saw both and took their photos!

I could've spent HOURS in there! Bill bought me

a very pretty anniversary gift: a tile tray with

dark wood handles, that has-of course-butterflies

on it and peonies. (They are special to me, as

Indiana's state flower is the peony. Also, I

LOVE pink, which is a peony's color: Hot pink or

light pink. Also, white.) We had two dinners

and a breakfast at a delightful country store, in

the resort, which is a lot like the Nashville

House, in Brown County, only Southern style!

Of course we had iced tea (I wish I could have

Sweet Tea, but I must watch over my blood sugar

level!) and biscuits and other Southern vittles.

We bought one another book on Southern cooking:

mine is quite extensive, as it has every recipe

of Henrietta Dulls, a fabulous Southern style

cook, who had a column in THE ATLANTA JOURNAL,

about cooking, for decades! Calzaway Gardens is

in Pinetown, GA. Next to it is White Springs,

where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a

country home, named The Little White House.

He went to White Springs often, as swimming in

the hot springed water brought some relief for

his polio. He had a rehabilitation center built

there for children afflicted with the disease and

named it after one of his sons (or was it a

brother?) who had died aas a child. He went there

and swan with the children! (The photos and the

films of him doing so are darling and so heart-

warming!) He died there: he had a cereberal

hemorrhage, while posing for a portrait. The

unfinished portrait, and a finished one, are on

the wall, in the room in which he was posing.

So is the chair he was in, and the artist's easel.

The president was carried to his bed, where he

died, only 45 minutes later. The cook, who was

preparing dinner, if I remember correctly, as he

had the cereberal hemorrhage, upon learning of his

death, wrote on the wall: I, (name) worked as

FDR's cook, from (This date to that.) It can

still be easily seen today! There is a museum

attached, which tells one so much about FDR, and

Eleanor his wife (who is one of my heroines) and

the times they live din, especially WWII. I re-

member: several of his bodyguards were in WWII,

most of them dying at Okinawa or Iwo Jima.

THE SACRIFICE FOR FREEDOM... it can only be un-

derstood by those who LIVED THROUGH IT.

This much-loved president who was handicapped,

received many beautiful canes from across the USA,

which were on display. Also, his braces, which

he had painted black, to make them less

noticeable. Many other tings, also! Bill did

buy a handsome kitchen magnet featuring FDR and

The Little White House. I have a LOVELY coffee

mug, which celebrates Eleanor. It has several

photos of her, doing very noble things. Under

the row of the photos, is a statement from her:

"A woman is like a teabag. You don't know her

power until she is in hot water." (Something I

CAN RELATE TO! :) After Calaway gardens and

THe little White House, we went to Atlanta, to

see THe World of Coca-Cola. WOW!!! This big C-C

fan was in HEAVEN! Upon entering, you are pre-

sented with one of the new bottles (120z) of

either C-C or Coke Zero or Diet Coke. FREE!

We paosed with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, whom I

ADORE. We have one of him at home as a stuffed

animal and a Christmas tree ornament and a Xmas

refrigerator magnet. You are first led into a

thearter, in which a film tells, you, in a nut-

shell, the story of this worldwide soda. Then,

you are free to roam! BIll, using a special

computer, designed a bottle of C-C, while I,

using a special computer, wrote of my favorite

C-c experience. (It was being in the C-C ex-

hibit, at EPCOT, in Disney World, where we went

for anniversary #10, which had so many wonderful

things.) There is a hallway describing C-C's

history, beginning with a bronze statue of the

pharmacist who invented the formula, there is a

film of C-C's best commercials, a display of

a bottle of every product Coca-Cola has owned,

(WHAT A BLAST FROM THE PAST: That included the

16oz. can of ORange HI-C, which we drank gallons

of, at home, when I was little!) There was a huge

room, featuring soda fountains (just the modern

devices used in the fast food restaurants, not

the big, beautiful ones, used at the time of

Coca-Cola's beginning) where one could get a

tiny plastic cup's worth of one of the HUNDREDS

of sodas Coca-Cola owns, worldwide. My favorite

was FANTA pineapple. From there, you get a free

bottle of what started it all: the 8oz. Coca-

Cola. I thought I'd go crazy in the gift shop,

wanting everything, but NO! Everything in there,

practically, is modern, while I prefer the older

things: 1800s to 1940s. I did get a lovely 16oz

sippie cup, that has the C-C logo, in an old

fashioned style. It is standing by my computer,

as I write. It has iced tea I it, not Diet coke,

but it is not protesting, LOL! Bill bought an

old fashioned bottle opener (the kind you screw

into the wall.) If you so desired, for the price

you agreed upon, you'd get a SURPRISE, in your

bag, as you paid for the stuff. WELL, Bill and

agreed to a small surprise: each of us got a

portable bottle opener. Mine s on a string, like

an ID tag; Bill's features a bottle of C-C, in

the original green glass shape. After that, we

tried to find my grandmother's (on Mom's side)

grave. Unfortunately, we could not, although we

came close. My mom gave us the correct direct-

ions,in general, but did not get specific

enough. We made a mistake, also: we went there

AFTER office hours, so we could not ask for help.

As the next day was Sunday, the office would

not be open until noon. TOO LATE FOR US: we

had to be on the road by 8am! Also, a dumb mis-

take: either I or Bill dumped out the little

bag containing the lovely Calaway Gardens

fridge magnet! I can ask the hotel, through

its website, the number o0f the giftshop, to

order another one. ALSO: My Dad's side of

family is having a REUNION, in a few years!

Calaway Gardens is a big possible gathering

place! That would be SUPER: to be there in

the PROPER season and to stay in the hotel,

which is near all of the resort's attractions,

instead of a lodge, which is a bit of drive

over and back. (We did have some UPSETTING

times, getting from the lodge to the resoprt,

or the other places, especially in the dark.)

We DID have our romantinc times, also! :)

Finally, that would be another chance to try to

visit Grandma's grave: getting it RIGHT THIS

TIME, with the help of the office, or my using

the cemetery's website, first. (I'll be using it

tomorrow!) was not a cruise, but it


Despite the rain, I hope YOU are having nice trips

on your bike, and hiking! SEE YA LATER,


Added by Anne Beckman on Aug 18, 2016 2:38 PM

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