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