(First let me just say that I think there is something wrong to have two blog entries called “The Funeral” in less than 6 months and both referencing someone being taken away in prime of their life. Lets hope this does it for a while.)
It was a good day and a sad day. The Funeral was wonderful and standing room only. Alison (Bear’s sister) wrote a eulogy read by another family member and my brother Rob read something that he wrote. I have posted it below in the previous blog entry. He did a great job and made everyone cry. I have to confess today has been really hard on Rob, who lost not just a cousin, but one of his best friends. It also happens to be his Birthday.
Before you get the read the eulogy I just wanted to leave you with a few pictures. We did in fact celebrate Bears life today with a big party. There were about 200 people at the funeral and many came for the after party. We had two tents with air conditioning (it was a 92 degree hot humid lovely Texas day) a DJ, catered food and an open bar. It was nice to listen to songs Bear loved and to listen to stories about him with friends and family.
Something I love about a Funeral in a small Texas town is that people actually pull over on the opposite side of the the road. They just sit there as a sign of respect. We had a huge procession of cars, and these people just sat there. (My family is actually from a small city on the water between Houston and Galveston. So although much of it is really a big city, you still have a lot of small town attributes.)
Some of Bears friends put up this cross and flowers at the accident site. There is also a blanket there with some motorcycle parts.
Greg Bess, James “Bear” Sparks, Allison Sparks Bess
My brother Rob, his best friend Matt, Bear, Greg…just a typical weekend afternoon, all of us having a cook out.