Reading of the List - Photo by Glenn Conner
As presented at Paw-Paw's memorial service May 16, 2005 by Mary Katherine Schumacher, wife of one of Jim and Sheri's 27 foster children and then read at the Memorial Hammer-In on June 18th.
Jim’s Autobiography from his book, The Revolutionary Blacksmith.
Paw Paw Wilson was born in Malden, W. VA. in 1940. He graduated from High School in Kenai, Alaska. He has served in the United States Army Special Forces, as a law enforcement officer, and has held many other positions. He has lived and worked in much of the United States. He currently demonstrates historical blacksmithing for both the Revolutionary War and Civil War periods.
While trying to come up with something to say about Jim, I asked various people who loved him to provide descriptive words. When I got a blank stare as a response, I decided to turn it into an Alphabet game like I play with my children. The following represents the results of that effort.
Asshole - First thought from many sources when asked for a word that starts with ‘A’ that describes Jim. Since I won’t let my children use this word, I won’t say it in church. After they got that out of their system, the following list came to mind.
Computer Service Technician
Dad or Daddy - Depending on the Moment
Had his Moments
Heavy Handed - as illustrated by one of his employees in the storey about a Hang-over, an 80 degree day and a task involving a Jack-Hammer!
Hell Raiser (as illustrated by a friend in a story about a recent 4th of July celebrated with 30 year old military ordinance that had been 'acquired' and the suburban DC boat house that was almost burned down)
Jerk (at Times)
Jock's (anvilfire guru's) Friend
King of his Domain
Knight (would come to your rescue in a white truck instead of a white horse)
Knight of Columbus
MMMM … He sure did love Pecan Pie
“Quiet Dog! Or I’ll drop kick you across the room!”
Reptile Cooker (despite popular opinion, this did not originate with Dinosaurs)
Reticent (when he felt it was needed)
Sappy (have you read his book?)
Selfish (at times, but then who isn't!)
Significant in our Lives
Sneaky - especially when Pecan Pie was on a little girl’s plate and she looked the other way!
Student - he never stopped learning
Ugly Olde Fart
Viet Nam Veteran
Wilson Family Circus
Young at Heart
Zebra (with many stripes)
The thing we remember most about Jim is that when it mattered, he was there for you. Whether it was important to him or not, he was there for YOU. As we say good-bye to Jim, we quote the Ringmaster, 'The show must go on!'
PPW - SBA
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