Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 1940

On July 19, 1940, Billy Cameron Willis was born to Margery O'Neal Willis and Milton Gray Willis in the front bedroom of their humble home on Harkers Island, North Carolina. 

Their baby boy, Billy, would become my dear Dad. Today, would've been his 76th birthday, except on November 17, 2014, he went Home to Heaven to be with His Lord Jesus and to be reunited with his precious parents who loved him so deeply. 

My heart still mourns the passing of this Jesus-like man, nevertheless, I will see him again. I anticipate a glad reunion day.

So, a Holy and Happy Birthday to you, Dad. To commemorate your life, I have taken a quiet day off to reflect and give thanks. Well, it will be quiet except for when I will go to a friend's country-side property to fire 7 shells from the 12-gauge, pump shotgun I inherited after your passing. 7 shells? Yes, to salute the truth that you were as perfect an earthly father as a son could have and your life on earth pointed me to the Absolutely Perfect Heavenly Father. I am grateful, indeed! 

(Click link below to view full-frame image of my dad, Capt. Billy,  and my son, Grayson, surely the two most beloved and influential men in my life.)


"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW



Anonymous said...

Glad I got to meet him sir .. I remember on one retreat you offered your dad in place of all
The dads that were missing in our lives .. If I remember correctly , I got a hug ..
Hope you had a good reflection day .. Aerocatzz

i am Grateful... Kerry i am. said...

You remember correctly brother. I could use one of those hugs right now. And as I remember you are the hugger of all huggers. Bless you. :)

KLW said...

I feel your pain!
Here is a long distance Hug!!!!

i am Grateful... Kerry i am. said...

I receive that hug. Grateful brother