John Brandon passed away last Tuesday night of a heart attack, like his father. Funeral arrangements are as follows. There will be visitation at Rector funeral home Sunday, June 10th from 3-7. Funeral will be Monday June 11th , 10am at Dreamland Cemetery, in Canyon, TX. The graveside will be with full military honors.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CASA Amarillo (click here). This is a wonderful child advocacy organization. Any flowers received will be donated to the Ussery Roan retirement home for Veterans and to the Veterans hospital in Amarillo, following the service.
It is with saddened heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of fellow Travel Supreme member John Brandon. John always was a fun person to be with and the life of any rally. He loved playing dominoes with the guys in the club (even though he never won). He always had a kind word for everyone and enjoyed meeting new people. His skills as a singer, reciter of poetry, and all around good guy will be sorely missed at future rallies.
John was very active with rendering Military Honor Funerals. As of last end year, he had given military honors at around 700 funerals. We have seen him sing the national Anthem during Military Appreciation Day at civic events. He loved God and country.
His friends, Don and Betty Smith in Amarillo, are making final arrangements. His cremated remains will be lain to rest with Military Honors on Friday, June 8th. A memorial will be held at a later date. Details are still being finalized but Don and Betty Smith may be reached at (806) 570-8056.
May he rest in peace. We will miss him.
Hiking near Buena Vista last year
Singing at a recent New Years Rally
Singing the National Anthem on Military Appreciation Day during a local hockey game
From Linda Brian
It is with great sadness I inform you that Bill Waters, past president of the Traveling Supremes, has passed away from cancer at the age of 89. The funeral arrangement is incomplete at this time, but the visitation will be Tuesday May 29th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Zachery United Methodist Church in Zachery, Louisiana. The funeral will be on Wednesday, 30th, but the time has not been set.
If you plan on attending the funeral, you may call the funeral home at 225-654-4480 later today or Monday for the time. You may read the obituary on line by logging on the internet by clicking here to see all the accomplishments he achieved in his lifetime. News about Geneva is that she is in the nursing home and not in good health.
Please pray for the family during this time of great loss of such an outstanding man. We all loved his wit and leadership while members of our club.
Update from Lou and Carol:
We hope to close on our Boerne home by April 24. And, on our new home in Boerne soon thereafter. Yes, Boerne. Health concerns, mostly related to Carol’s concerns about leaving her current medical team in the middle of her five year evaluation for lung cancer, have caused us to abandon our plan to move to Louisiana. We feel confident that this is the best option for us at this time. We are also currently evaluating if we are going to change from our current preferred mode of travel (RVing ) to more cruises and destination vacations by air and spending more time with children and grandchildren. Our RV could wind up somewhere near Lafayette, as a second home —– and, then again, maybe not. Another big decision ahead. Our new address will be 206 Branson Falls, Boerne, Tx 78006. Home phone will change, cells numbers will not.
Safe Travels, Lou and Carol
This is the week of the FMCA big rally in Perry, GA. Rumors has it there are some 2,700 coaches parked on the grounds! Fortunately, Les and Ida Cook are proudly representing our club at the rally. Parked with the Entegra owner’s group. Rumor has it the Phillips are there too!
From Lou Butaud
Just a note to let you know what’s going on in our life. Carol and I have decided that our current home with six acres to mow and 1,000 feet of fence line to trim and lots of oaks to maintain, fertilizing, and the constant things to maintain with a property like this one is just too much for us to handle any more. We also believe this home has peaked in value and we are in a “Sellers” market here and going to a “Buyers” market in Lafayette. So, we are putting the house on the market within the next ten days or so and when it sells we will move into our RV.
We have already completed our Stage 1 move to a Boerne storage unit – moved about 6,000 lbs of stuff. Will move about another 6,000 in Stage II. And, that’s after getting rid of about 5,000 lbs of “stuff”. We also looked at a retirement village here in Boerne, but after visiting, decided that was not for us. And, we looked at Garden homes in Boerne. But to duplicate a home like we can buy in Lafayette, it would cost us about $80,000 more in Boerne. Once this home sells and after we clean up some loose ends in Boerne, like MD appointments and such, we will move the RV to Lafayette and begin house hunting.
As a result our traveling days will be over until we can get resettled – and then, we will reconsider what we want to do going forward. Hopefully, we will be resettled by September. This has been a very difficult decision for us because we love this place. Wasn’t sure how Carol would react to all this when I first approached her with the idea, but she is probably more enthusiastic then I am. In fact, I sorta got cold feet a month ago but she squashed that idea. We will miss our friends in Boerne, but will be going to long time friends and family in and around Lafayette. We are pretty much exhausted from packing, sorting, “getting rid of stuff”, scheduling (and rescheduling) carpenters, painters and electricians, and all of the other jillion things that go with a move like this, but we feel we are over the first hill and now headed for the next one.
From Gail Smith
We cannot thank all our friends and family enough for all the kind calls, texts, visits and prayers during James’ unexpected stay in Cardiac Care Unit in Ft Worth. A routine procedure to correct his atrial fibrillation resulted in emergency complications that were scary to say the least. After 6 days in CCU, we are heading home and will get continuing re-checks along the way. James is feeling fine and is anxious to get back to normal life asap.
Thanks again for your love and concern.