They were a hot mess these 4 ladies. The one on the left is my mom and the other three are my aunts. They were so much fun and loved each other so very much. But yes, they were sisters and they could fuss and fight like sisters can do with the best of them.
The two in the center of the photo are now with Jesus. My dear aunt Ouida was the first to go some time back and now Aunt Joan has joined her. I have the honor to stand and speak some words to my family today to try to bring comfort and celebrate her life. It is impossible to put into a service all that composed the beauty and grace of this beautiful woman who is my Aunt Joan. She gave me a cousin. Tracy is a gem. And she blessed her mom with beautiful and loving grandchildren. She was a loving and faithful wife of almost 50 years to her husband Charles. But the most important thing about Aunt Joan is that she was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. This is really all that has to be said today and it will said and emphasized.
But the way I remember her most is one of the group above as a sister to my mother. They loved to be together. (That is until someone would get put out with another.) But that would soon be forgotten and they were off on another adventure. They have taught their daughters and sons how to be cousins and I truly feel very close to the cousins that I have on this side of the family. We do not get to see each other as we might like to, but they are a real blessing to me.
The Burnette family and for that matter the Davis family has deep roots in Gilmer County and to be there last night and today brings me a sense of connection to all of my family tree. There is also deep faith in the family and there will be little doubt today about the fate of my mother's sister. You see I know that my Aunt Joan is present with the Lord Jesus Christ. Fort this I give praise and I will try to comfort her husband Charles, and her daughter Tracy, along with my mother, my Aunt Tump, uncle Gary and all my cousins. To speak to my family is a joy, an honor, and a great privilege.