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Everybody Has A Story And Everybody Has Accomplishments

Here are excerpts from an obituary that recently appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer for Frank Williams Sr.

“At the funeral service this afternoon for Frank Williams Sr., (Above) the eulogy will take mourners back to the 1940s and ’50s, when Mr. Williams was a Cincinnati boxer. “The minister’s going to say he fought the good fight,” said Williams’ daughter, Donna Wells of Bond Hill. “God had made my daddy a fighter and he fought it ’til the end.” He was one of heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles’ first professional opponents, in 1940, according to the book “Cincinnati Boxing.” He was also a longtime sparring partner of Charles. His last fight was against Alzheimer’s disease, one he ultimately didn’t win. Mr. Williams died June 11 at Indian Spring Health Center, Oakley. He was 81. Mr. Williams worked in construction for 36 years, first for Turner Construction, then Messer Construction….”

Here are facts about former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles.

The place where Mr. Williams died–the Indian Spring Center in Cincinnati–is where my father died in March. The obituary says that Mr. Williams died of Alzheimer’s disease. I have no idea how long Mr. Williams was at Indian Springs, but there were patients at the facility who did have Alzheimers. I can still visualize some of these folks.

None of these people remained able to fight a boxing match.

Here is a link to facts about Alzheimer’s disease. 

It is good to see the story of someone who may have been one of the people I saw each day in the 3 1/2 weeks I spent visiting Indian Spring earlier this year.

Everybody has a story. Everybody has accomplishments. We’ve got to remember this fact even when people are at the end of life and are tired and not what they once were.

June 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It’s amazing some of the stories they have. When you read those obituaries, you think, “What an interesting life they lead!”

    Comment by Spinny Liberal | June 21, 2011

  2. Yep. Sometimes we should try to slow down and remember the accomlishments of people. Maybe we should try to do that while these folks are still alive.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 23, 2011


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