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 James Edward Humphreys

James Edward Humphreys

Death 25 Nov 1949 (aged 35)
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 9784972 · View Source
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He had such a beautiful smile and it seemed as if he was always laughing, or playing a joke. Additionally, he was such a kind and loving person and I would even venture a guess and say that he loved and "spoiled" me rotten, needless to say, the feeling of love was mutual!I can still see and hear him trying to get my sister Marlene to pick up fishing worms off of our table but she would have nothing to do with it but the "tomboy" (for a quarter) would pick anything up :D. Come to think about it, Marlene never picked up a worm throughout her life time and if anyone walked toward her with one wriggling between their fingertips she would run in the opposite direction wailing like a banshee!He loved to fish and at least one time we walked, just us "Buds", down to the Olentangy River to fish and when it began to rain he mentioned how the splashes of rain drops caused "circles" that grew and expanded into many larger ones that would go from one end of the continent to another and then back again to our "fishing hole". As the raindrops became a downpour he gathered up all the gear while mentioning that mom would be worried about us and we had to go home because so many people had gotten polio near rivers while it was raining and then he picked me up and ran home carrying everything. I'm not sure of the timeframe but, on the day I was diagnosed with Infantile Paralysis, he was taking me to the store for a treat because I had been quite ill for a week and he believed that I would feel better if I got out of the house for a while. Uncle Jimmy decided take me for a walk to the corner grocery store he sat me down on the sidewalk and I collapsed and could not get up and walk. After the decision was made to take me to the hospital he carried me and was crying all the way there.After I was able to go home I had to do exercises each day but I wouldn't to them for anyone except Uncle Jimmy. The first thing he did when he came home from work was to encourage me to do them by holding my legs for leverage while I did sit ups and he also showed me how to tuck my toes under the couch so that I could do them by myself. He gave me lots of praises, hugs, and promises of a walk to the store for a sweet after "we" were done, happily I did anything that he asked me to do.Uncle Jimmy was such a sweet and gentle soul and I miss him so much.

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