Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Friday, April 03, 2009

In any man who dies there dies with him.

His first snow and kiss and fight....Not people die but worlds die in them.

~Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "People"

Things I learned from my Popaw - Its OK to Stop and try again - I also learn that one should invest in property (maybe not so good now) - To be kind to older people and that to be a good listener is a gift. R. F. Copley of Chattaroy, W. Va. died on April 1st. He was 94 years old, an incredible man, strong willed, and a physically strong man, he retired at age 65 but he continued to work, his life was devoted to 'finding the next deal'. My popaw was a remarkable man, he could tell the very best stories - and I knew for certain there was only a thread of truth in each story -but oh - how lovely and entertaining the stories were when I was a child.Popaw spent a very short time in the United State Marines - this short time seem to grow as he aged - and after age 80 his time in the Marines - seem to become the most important of his memories. He dearly loved the United States Marines, he collected in the last fourteen years of his life hundreds of USMC items of memorabilia. Even more than the US Marines, he loved Chattaroy Hallow, his family and his church.

The Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry Ky is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Visitation is Friday at the Chattaroy Church of God

Funeral Saturday Noon at the Chattaroy, WV Church of God


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo of you and your grandad. Nice words.
Paul J.

Anonymous said...

Read this obit post at 5:50 saturday phone immediately to order graveside flowers.
Think of you in your sorrow.

Anonymous said...


So sorry for your loss. Your grandfather did a fine job of passing his vast knowledge on to you. You are his legacy and have made him proud-- every parent/grandparent's dream. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

WV Janis

Phani said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure everyone is.

susan said...

Grandaddys are the best aren't they.
Southern ones are better than all others.
Mine died 2 years ago but I fondly recall his World War II stories and he retold them weekly word for word, he also knew more knock knock jokes and his chess game was superior until his final decade.
Hang on to the memories and the photos.
Great quote.

Anonymous said...

My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your grandfather. Will be thinking of you today.
Car Girl

Anonymous said...

The Gods pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. ~A

chitrakahn said...

True life begins after this.

bridgett said...

Where does the term poppal come from? Is this jewish? Homburg is Jewish right?
Obviously you loved him dearly
remember the good times and the love between the 2 of you always.

Anonymous said...

was that rug made in india?
also is the glass hanging from Pier One?

Hillary J Homburg said...

I am always puzzled by what you guys notice.
The glass is all american - the hanging pieces are a Blenko mobile made by Charlie (304 743 9081) made by special order for all - you can have these done in any blenko color.
Rug was purchased in Dubai not certain of the origin - not India, and not USA.

Annie said...

I knew your grandfather. I now live in Florida, but I grew up in Chattaroy and I miss it greatly. I try to visit every year.

I went to church at the Chattaroy Church of God with Mr. Copley. Once he and some members of our church took me to Cattlesburg, to speak at a church where a visiting Evangelist was holding a revival. I will never forget him. He helped us in our young Christian walk. Blessings

Hillary J Homburg said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of my poppaw - This weekend was my first visit to the Chattaroy Church of God - the people were very warm and charming.
I can see why one would want to return.