A great man met his Savior tonight. Our family weeps because we miss him, but celebrates in knowing he is at peace. Knox Williams, "G", was the ultimate grandpa. He was incredibly lovable. You know the saying, "he has a twinkle in his eye"? I never really believed that saying until I met G. He had a zest for life and an authentic, deep, rich love for his family that gave him that twinkle in his eye. He lit up every time we got to see him. Literally, it felt like he dropped everything the moment we stepped into the room, and all his attention was on us. It felt so good, so reassuring, so comforting. We will miss that terribly. I will miss his trademark, infectious laugh. I will miss his gentle calm. I will miss his happy-go-lucky personality. I will miss him telling Sienna, "you are such a cutie".
My first memory of G was actually before I even met Scott. I went to the same church as G when I was a teenager, and our church put on a Christmas pageant every year. For many years, G played one of the three wise men. Each wise man had an entourage of 'extras'. My first year in the pageant, I was assigned to Knox Williams' entourage. I was very excited because everyone said he was the best, and nicest, wise man. I remember being in awe of G during the pageant performances and thinking what a cool guy he was. Little did I know that I would get to know the tender, soft heart of this man later on in my life. What a blessing.
Scott has many, many other fond memories of G.... to try and count them would be impossible. They were best buds -- raising a dog, two snakes, and a duck together. Fixing (and tinkering with) things in the garage together. Playing Nintendo in the basement together. Eating Granny's fried chicken and brownies together. Making fun of Dave/Dad together. Talking about how much they love Sienna and love one another. I thank God for giving my husband G as a role model... a strong, yet quiet and gentle leader, with a tender and humongous heart.
In the hospital the night Sienna was born