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August 19, 2010


Mike Wheeler

This nine pound hammer, is a little too heavy, for my size, honey, for my size.
Roll on buddy, don't you roll so slow, Baby how can I roll when the wheels won't go.... It was the Grandfather Mountain Fiddlers Convention back in '75. Doc Watson opened and said, "Here's an old Bill Monroe number". I didn't like to fish either, unless they were bitin'. And my choice ride was a Lancia Beta Coupe. Not your average muscle car, I went for the exotic Italian look. It made me feel special; my friends rented a 24' Ryder truck to camp out at the concert and I would taxi them back and forth to Boone or maybe Johnson City. It was 22 years later when Jesus climbed into my boat and really taught me how to fish.... Sinners? I knew them too well. After all, I was a pro.

Jo Ann Dillon Holcombe

This is such a wonderful message. I wish I had been given the opportunity to have been with Basil longer, but God saw fit to take him home. I loved him so much. He was a very humble person and he made me realize just how much love God has to offer. Basil was given to me for a real purpose in life. I wish I had also been able to have known Granny & Papaw. Thank you.

Gary Combs

Thanks for commenting on my blog, Jo Ann! It was good to hear from you. Blessings!

Jo Ann Dillon Holcombe

Sunday, April 10, 2011, it will be 6 years since Basil passed from this life. So much has taken place since then. It has taken me a long time to accept his death, I missed him almost unbearably, and still miss him. I truly believe God had a plan for us, I hope I gave him the happiness he deserved. I know he gave me so much happiness and taught me how to love and so much about God's love. I believe when that was accomplished, the job was complete so God took him home. I also believe God had another plan for me after Basil because he placed in my life a person who has helped me adjust so much. Now I am faced with another job,taking care of my current husband, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma, a form of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is currently undergoing chemo at Vanderbilt University. We were just discussing how we both feel God had plans for all of us. He understands so much about how I felt when I lost Basil. It is so good to have someone with whom you can talk with, about God, family, what all of Basil's family meant to me. I miss everyone so much. We often wonder why things have to change, but that is part of life. My youngest granddaughter is 9 and was diagnosed with juvinile diabetes a year and half ago. I just listened to Wilda singing Amazing Grace. Life as we see and live it may go through many changes but we have our memories forever. OH SUCH SWEET MEMORIES. Please remember me and my family in prayer. Pray for continued healing. Thinkgs are looking good. Thank you.

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