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Chasing accomplishments...... #4: Looking foward to a better year ahead...

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Blog entry by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 12-09-2011 07:11 AM 1021 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: A bit of reflection on a long year.... Part 4 of Chasing accomplishments...... series Part 5: Bad news and good news »

I want to take this time to recognize a fellow by the name of Joe Williams senior. I work with his son, Joe Jr. and my father-in law worked with him on the Jackson police department back when I was young.

This may seem a little surprising and out of place, but let me tell you, the world lost a master craftsman and woodworker in the wee hours of today. I did not know Joe outside of meeting him a few times, but the people that knew him, know that he was a great father, husband and carver. Some of his work is on display in various parts of the state, and undoubtedly someone out there owns one of his hand carved canes. Joe was a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild and traveled throughout the southeastern US selling his wares with his wife always by his side. I know that a few of his canes and carvings are on display at Picken’s hardwoods here in Clinton.

I wanted to take this time to recognize the life of a man who may not know it, but the mention of his name helped to get me into woodworking.

I was talking to some of the guys at work, and this has been a bad year for more than just my family. Joe Jr.’s boss lost his mother and father this year, a co-worker lost his mother, I lost my brother-in-law, and one of our favorite retiree’s passed away earlier this week. This has been a tough year, and I look forward to a better year coming up.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi



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Dave

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 03:27 PM

Well said. Heavens workshop need one more employee.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 04:17 PM

KTMM, the greatest honor man can receive is to be remembered by the people who his or her life has influenced. In my estimation this is the accomplishment we should all be chasing. Too many of us get lost in the noise and weeds of daily life and do not see the true value and importance of life. We need to honor those who have gone before us, remembering and praying for them and give thanks for the lives they led, just as you have here. This is the highest form of praise. Mr. Joe Williams Sr. and the other people you have remembered here have led meaningful lives. You are the proof. Thank you for your post.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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