Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Uncle Jim


As a young roughneck in the oil fields of Oklahoma and Texas, places where fortunes were made and lost deep within the earth, he saw opportunity. At one point in his life, he invested his own money in drilling. As I understand it, he lost it all, and he was content thereafter to manage oilrigs for big corporations around the world. He worked in the Shah’s Iran in the halcyon days, Malaysia and anywhere else the oil flowed underground.

Last night my Uncle Jim died, leaving untold stories and a family who loved him and grandchildren who will come to know their grandfather only through the stories of others.

15 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

too bad Uncle Jim left with untold stories, that is what was lost when my father died in 1973, untold stories that are lost forever. May he rest in peace.

Marsha said...

I am sorry for your loss. We do need to sit down and take the time to listen to the stories of our elders, before they are gone. At least we know our stories are here and being told.

Sarge Charlie said...

You should have heard my grandmother when they built the stupid statue, she was a school teacher for many years in the North Georgia Mountains.

Don said...

May God give all of his loved ones the strength to live with their memories of your Uncle Jim and carry on in his honor, and may he rest in peace.

Marion said...

I am sorry for your loss, Sheila, but the memories, even those told to others, will remain. He sounds like a fascinating character;you were blessed to have known and loved him.

Please accept my condolences for you and your family.

Joe said...

Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

Sheila said...

Thanks all for your kindnesses.

Miss Trashahassee said...

Sheila,

May your good memories of Uncle Jim comfort you and your family through the coming days. I feel for you and your loss.

MA

Jackie said...

Sorry to hear you have lost your Uncle Jim. He had such an interesting life with all his travels. A real shame he didn't put his adventures down on paper.

Sheila said...

Thank you Miss T and Jackie.

Jackie, I think that you hit the nail on the head. How many wonderful adventures are lost when they are not recorded more formally? I wish people would talk with their older relatives while there is time. Plus, I'll bet these connections would be good for the older members of the family. My daughter-in-law's grandfather wrote a book and published it for his family. I think that's a great way to preserve his legacy.

Lorelei said...

I wish my grandmother was still with us. I miss her stories terribly -- even more so the older I get.

Kyle & Svet Keeton said...

Sad story that Uncle Jim died...
Hope you going to write some of his adventures for the World - it would be really good memory of him!

We will wait...

Sheila said...

lorelei,
I know what you mean. It's been years but I still mine too.

kyle & svet,
Thank you for stopping by. He was a man who live a full life.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Sheila- Sorry about Uncle Jim. My thoughts are with you.

Naomi said...

Sorry to hear about your Uncle Jim Sheila. It sounds like he had a wonderful life. My dad worked in the oil business too and also worked in Iran. It sounds like your uncle had a wonderful life.