|My Mom and Dad, way back when. Wasn't she beautiful?|
"She was born on June 29, 1945 in Columbia, MS; fourth child of Toxie and Margie Gatlin Loflin. She spent her childhood and youth in many places across south Mississippi and Louisiana; picking cotton, playing with her brother and sisters, growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, and listening to the musical talents of her friends Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.
She was selfless and selfish; charming and tempermental; loving and difficult. She was cautious and impetuous. She was a refuge from the chaos of the world, and yet she could be quite the firecracker, as well.
She loved knick-knacks and what-nots, cooking and roses; bingo and rocking chairs, find-a-words and family.
The keeper of construction paper birthday cards and poorly colored pages; lop-sided hearts and plastic bracelets; glass roses and painted flowers; exotic figurines and tons and tons of photographs.
So much more than just a homemaker, she was an amazing wife; an even better mother. A wonderful grandmother, and the best sister and aunt you could ask for.
Dorothy Irene Loflin Royston, 68, of Natchez Mississippi passed from this life on Thursday May 29, 2014 at Christus, St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, in Alexandria, Louisiana. She left us for Heaven at 7:47 a.m.
Born into the Baptist faith, she was not a member of any particular congregation, but believed that “Church” was in your heart, and religion was all about relationship with the Lord.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Toxie and Margie Gatlin Loflin; brother, Jerry Loflin; and son-in-law, Bryant Adams.
She is survived and remembered dearly by her husband of 34 years, George Royston; daughters, Terri Lofton Adams, of Natchez MS, and Summer Royston McClung and husband Dennis of Natchez, MS; son, Rick Lee and fiancé Marylyn Ruzgal of Little Elm, TX; sisters, Charlotte Loflin Roberts and husband Bubba, Jean Loflin Wactor and husband Julius, and Brenda Sue Loflin McFarland and husband Wayne; grandchildren, Josh Adams, Lance Adams, Dustin Adams, Corey Adams, Chelsea Felter, Haylee Royston, and Aimee Stone; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Franklin Funeral Home. Visitation for immediate family will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a public visitation from 11 a.m. to noon, at which time a small service will proceed in her honor. Burial will follow at Midway Cemetery in Meadville.
Please send flowers to Franklin Funeral Home, or make donations in her name to Blair E. Batson Hospital in Jackson, MS."
I don't know what else to say now. I'm about to go see her.
About me? What to say about me?|
I write. I write to give substance; to lend form to the thoughts, the dreams, the images that play in my head like movies; to save my sanity, to express emotion, to move forward.
I read to get lost in the pages of another world; to escape the mundane, the ordinary - and the monotony we sometimes find ourselves in - if only for a little while.
I listen to music. It moves me in ways nothing else can sometimes.
I take care of my two beautiful, intelligent, rambunctious little girls - my own personal pieces of immortality, and glimpses back in time to my own childhood.
I have a passion for photography; for capturing life as it happens; for sharing the world, the way I see it, with others willing to slow down long enough to look.
I love my God, and thank Him every day for all He has blessed me with - both the good and the bad.
I love Love; it comes in many disguises, winding in and out of the human experience, intangible as a wisp of smoke, but chased after like some pirate's buried treasure. I believe we should saturate ourselves in it and strive to practice it daily in one form or another - whether in the privacy of a relationship, a small token of devotion to family, or a random act of kindness for some stranger in need of it.
Laughter is absolutely necessary; in order to survive this life, one MUST learn to laugh, even when it is the last thing we feel capable of doing.