Last week, a gentleman by the name of Lloyd Odell Stone, a Trigg County native, visited our office and submitted the poem printed below.
As I sit down in this wonderful shade, I’m going to try and write a poem of Randy Wade. He was my nephew and really one of a kind, as he left this planet Earth, leaving a legend behind.
Randy was out on a job one morning, a job of real stress, someone told him he needed to go home and get some rest. He went home and sat out front where he watched stars at night. Really one star had shot across the sky, my, what a sight!
A falling star, finishing its position that God had given it. Recently, Randy had wrote. God made the stars and everything to fit. Now this evening out here on my porch, I continue here to sit, realizing that God has created us, knowing the time here to get.
On August 23, 2013 out on the front porch, Randy passed away. The mail carrier came and saw Randy there that day. As he came back and said, “Randy did not his usual wave.” Carrier went up on the porch, Randy was gone, thus could not save.
On August 15, 2013 Randy had written, “We need to seek and serve, do God’s will. As we never know when our time is up, and we be taken from this hill. Randy said, “I trust God in everything, hat makes what real peace is, May God bless everyone that reads this and His peace you feel.
Randy Wade was a busy, busy man doing all that he could. In his service to country, city and everywhere that he should. Also in churches, there he did his very, very best. Volunteer Fire Department, Red Cross too, now to be at rest.
Now to Bonnie his wife, Jason and Michelle their children two, and all the grandchildren, we love all of you. I am Lloyd Odell Stone, uncle of the Stone clan, born and raised out there on the same old land.
God had given Randy 60 years, 1 month and 27 days. At the visitation there were over 1,000 people there to give praise. For the funeral service somewhere else we have to go, there is not enough room here, Randy’s legend show.
At Lexie Bush Center the funeral was there, some 400-500 people came to funeral, with love and respect to share. Then to Caldwell Blue Spring Cemetery, Randy’s Body laid to rest, “To all my friends and relatives, I’ve done my best.”
We never know when time is up, and God’s going to say, “Son its time to go to Planet Earth and get your bride, which is all dead and living Christians, none to hide. Taking all those to heaven in their mansions there to abide.
Stone worked his family’s farm until he was 20 before joining the United States Navy. He later moved to Texas to attend the Southwest Bible Institute.
I didn’t get the chance to speak to Mr. Stone while he was here, but a little research turned up a feature story on him published by the Waxahachie Daily Light in Texas. It can be found online by entering Lloyd Odell Stone in the search feature at waxahachietx.com.
Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.