|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1946|
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2005|
I knew Roy in the early 1990s', and was very sorry to hear of his death; I had been in contact with him as well as a mutual friend, Polly, off and on through the years after my husband died, when suddenly contact from both individuals stopped. It was only after some phone calls and homework that I learned that Polly had died, and Roy followed within a couple of years.
Roy was a triaplegic from a car accident; during the time that I knew him, we spoke of how ironic it was that he had made it home from Vietnam, only to be in a serious car accident shortly afterward. He felt that he had 'made it back', in fact, for a reason, and when the accident somewhat put a halt to everything he had planned and hoped for, he naturally spent times wondering what 'it was all for'.
I lost contact with Roy toward the end of his life due to the health issues in my own family; I do know that during the time that I knew him, Roy was almost always upbeat, funny, compassionate and hopeful. His 'depression', for lack of a better word, regarding his accident only came out once in a great while, and as I said, when we did discuss it, Roy seemed to have a grasp on the concept that 'it was all for a reason'.
My belief is that had Roy not 'come home at all', many people would have been cheated out of a funny, interesting man; I also feel that he was instrumental in not only myself but others knowing his best friend, Polly, and she was definitely a plus in my lifetime, as well.
One quick side story about Roy is that we would watch the Nashville Network, and even then, twenty years ago, the music genre was beginning to move away from Haggard, Cash and Wynette...when a video would begin with violins, the men wearing more jewelry than the women and most everyone looked like they hadn't finished school yet, much let earned the right to sing real country music, Roy would sigh and yelp, "This channel needs more damned JOHNNY CASH!" =)
I am presently trying to track down information on Polly and find out why she does not have a page of her own on this site; in the meantime, I just want to close Roy's bio notes by stating that, although we knew each other for what would end up being a very short time on this earth, both my son and I are better for it, and we miss Roy, and always will. A good guy, and I'm honored to be taking over his memorial page.
U. S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War
Poplar Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: Rhonda C. Poynter/Gannon...
Originally Created by: Jonathan Murphy
Record added: Aug 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11535241