|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1909|
|Death: ||Jan., 1987|
According to the Memorial Park Cemetery's records, Frank Conaway was cremated and his ashes were collected by his family.
This excerpt is from his son's blog,
RANTING... A Shared Journey
As published in The Daily News, April 15, 2011, and in The Memphis News, April 16-22, 2011
"When I die," my father said, "I want to be cremated, and I want you boys to put me in the river. And," he added, that bad boy twinkle in his eye, "I want you to take a shot of whiskey when you do it."
When Dad died, I called a friend, Ham Smythe, who kept a houseboat in the Wolf River Harbor. My brothers and I stepped on board one very early, very cold morning in late January of 1987, Dad's ashes in hand, a bottle of his whiskey, Jim Beam, in my pocket. We rounded the tip of Mud Island and headed upstream fighting heavy current under a heavy winter sky, three brothers at Ham's transom fighting memories.
We heated water on a camp stove and made really atrocious instant coffee. Ham had found a very old jar of it next to a bottle of antifreeze and a can of 3-in-1 oil, either one of which would have tasted better and warmed us up faster. The whiskey was for later.
North of the bridge, several long rock fingers reach out for Harbor Town from the opposite shore, soldiers in the Corps' constant battle against the river. We marked the first and, as we passed it, each of us put Dad in the river. We continued north a bit and then turned back downriver. As we passed again, just the way he wanted, each of us took a long pull from the Beam and said goodbye, each in our own way.
Whatever may separate us, we're bound by that morning and by him, and we are all from this place, part of this place and of him and of each other wherever we are. Whenever I cross the bridge I look to the north, to that azimuth formed by that finger of rock in the river below, and I reset my compass.
Kathryn Alley Conaway (1911 - 1991)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Mississippi River, north of Mud Island near Memphis, Tennessee
Created by: LouJane Adams Wills
Record added: Jan 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84255002
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Added: Aug. 17, 2014