Saturday, July 29, 2017
It’s been a long week since leaving our NOMADS friends in Lumberton, with a lot of emotional ups and downs. Praying things are still going well there. Miss you guys.
After a very frustrating day at the rehab facility in Tuscaloosa (brought on by a staff member who did not follow the written instructions for getting Anne’s mother discharged to assisted living) we finally got her moved late yesterday evening. She is now settled in to her new abode. We left just as they were bringing her supper. Anne felt sort of like parents probably feel when they leave their kids at college the first time. It was hard to leave her there and return to her home without her. We went back to check on her this morning and she seemed content. She commented several times about how nice everyone there has been to her. She said she slept well and also commented on meeting some of her neighbors. This is a totally new experience for her and we are praying this is a smooth transition and she is happy.
After a short visit we drove to Jasper, Alabama for the funeral of one of the founding fathers of wireless 9-1-1 in Alabama. And you could also be correct in saying one of the driving forces for wireless 9-1-1 in the nation since Alabama was one of the leading states in that technology. Roger Wilson was the Director of Walker County 9-1-1 for as long as we can remember and also served on the Alabama Wireless 9-1-1 Board and continued to serve when that board was changed to the Alabama 9-1-1 Board. He was also a leader in several other 9-1-1 and volunteer fire organizations. He was truly one of the “go to” people for all 9-1-1 issues in Alabama. Max spent many hours and miles with Roger traveling to Washington and Montgomery and many other places in the name of making 9-1-1 better.
His grandchildren spoke at the funeral today and one grandson after listing off the many reasons he loved his grandfather ended his words with “And I loved Papa Roger because he was The 9-1-1 Guy.”
But more importantly, Roger was a dedicated Christian. As his pastor said today this is not an end for Roger, it is the beginning of his new life without pain and suffering. As we NOMADS say, “See you down the road, Big Roger.”