Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Come Help Us Celebrate!

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”

You are invited to a “Wang dang doodle” of a funeral in celebration of the life of Johnny Williams. Johnny was always a person who “did things his way.” He had a way of
“redefining” the norm and living outside the box. He hated funerals. He loved parties and food and music and good friends to share it with. So this Saturday – we are doing a funeral Johnny’s way – Southern Style.

Please join us as we honor Johnny with smiles instead of sadness. The service will begin at 12noon at Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery and Funeral Home and include a musical video tribute and biography of Johnny’s life, reflections by Pastor Bill Yeldell, a eulogy by Rene Williams, memory moments from friends and a personal poem written by old time friend, Ricky Ebner. Music for the event will be provided by the Rebel Grass band.

Confederate troops will lead the procession of the horse drawn carriage bearing Johnny’s coffin draped with a confederate flag. The funeral dirge will wind its way through the cemetery in a solemn march towards Johnny’s final home. Family and friends are invited to join the procession and walk with him in the final steps of his journey.

At the destination the pallbearers will lift Johnny into his eternal home and the crowd will sing Amazing Grace and Dixie as a last goodbye as the final ceremony of honor is performed with sword and hat.

Down the lane back at the reception area there will be an old fashioned southern barbecue with grills fired up, fish a frying, ham a smoking, ribs a sizzling, chicken frying, turkeys frying and a low country boil bubbling away in a big cauldron. Bags of oysters will be waiting to be shucked and sucked with some good oyster sauce and crackers. Mouth watering “fixins” like peas, potato salad, squash casserole and greens. Dessert will be cobblers and homemade cakes.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends who followed Johnny on his Journey to Victory. All are welcome to the party. Please come comfortable and casual and colorful. No black necessary! Seminoles can wear team garb!

Best accommodations for those coming from out of town is THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS hotel located at I-295 and Old St Augustine Road. Their phone is (904)899-9000 to book rooms direct. The procession of cars from the hotel will be lead by Chip Bowdren on Saturday morning at 10:30am to the cemetery. It is a 20 mile drive and best to go as a group.

Directions to the hotel from 95 heading South:

Take 95 South and bear right at I-295 following signs towards Orange Park. Once on 295 it is the first exit.

Directions heading North on 95: follow signs to I-295 heading towards orange park. It is the first exit (Old St. Augustine Rd exit) once you are on 295

Directions coming from 1-10: take 1-10 until l-295 hading for Orange Park/Daytona. Continue until you cross the long bridge. Then it is the 2nd exit after the bridge (Old St. Augustine Rd.)

If you are driving in on Saturday morning from out of town your best bet is to meet Chip at the Holiday Inn Express and join the procession to the cemetery so you don’t get lost. Otherwise call the funeral home for specific directions (904)285-1130.

When you arrive there is a name tag table. Please get a tag and proceed inside to sign our guest book.

We hope to see you and meet you and enjoy celebrating Johnny’s life with you!

Beautiful Blessings!

Rene and Scarlett


Mark said...

I feel so honored to be able to attend this amazing celebration of Johnny's life and be by Scarlett's side. I think it is so wonderful that you are providing a send off like this. He will be remembered for a long time to come. Thank you for making me a part of this, it means so much.

Anonymous said...

What a day and a celebration that will be..See you Saturday..Love you and Scarlett...Janice

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I wish that I could come. Johnny is HOME!!! Praise God!!!

Jaren said...

What an wonderful way to celebrate such an amazing life! My thoughts and prayers will be with you all...
Much love,

Terri Redmon Barrentine said...

hello ,well guest who? this is Terri jean as johnny alway call me aim so glad that he was saved to go home to the lord of glory. u both were right he was good for u too but Rene u was great for johnny too u both was meant for each other amen im sorry to say i will not be there lord i wish i could i would love to see the celebration going to heaven for johnny that going to be glory to see my friend always said lets not have a dead funeral let it be alive thats the way our Father would want it amen God Bless you both love TERRI JEAN BARRENTINE

{annie_loo} @ The Farrar Four said...

Sounds like one heck of a party! I wish I could come squeeze you and Scarlett's neck and celebrate the life Mr. Johnny led! I'm sure there will be plenty to do just that! I hope the celebration goes just as planned and that it pleases you and Scarlett,and most of all that johnny is honored in the highest way possible!

Much love to you both!

Rene Williams said...

Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and caring. I know Johnny is smiling down from heaven.

Anonymous said...

I saw the beautiful pictures of the ceremony & you looked so beautiful and strong! I don't know how you did it, and with our situation right now I feel like breaking down everyday! God Bless!