Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
After a down, up, down hill with various medical issues, the most devastating being colon cancer my dad passed away in March.
For two years I was his primary care taker, during his final days in the hospital, he asked that he be cremated and part o his ashes remain in the U.S. where he met our mom, had his children and made a life; the rest of his ashes he asked to be sent to Haiti the birth country of my dad and mom.
When my mom left Haiti she never looked back but my dad always kept ties to Haiti, going back almost annually until he became to sick to travel, going will be important for us because this will be our first time to Haiti.
My sister(her two kids) and myself are trying to raise enough funds to pay for the trip to Haiti, we are trying to go In early August 2015.
The original plan was to go with my dads extended family, but the relationship has been toxic and complicated and the plans fell through in us going with them, so now we are trying to make it happen for ourselves.
Any money raised will go toward hotel accommodations, transport there, food. we want to go for no longer than a week.
So I am asking for anyone, everyone to help fund this event for us.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Terry Shea
Image courtesy of Graffiti Publications.
On June 11, legendary hot rodder and journalist LeRoi “Tex” Smith passed away in his adopted country of Australia after a “lingering illness.” He was 81.
Not from Texas, but Oklahoma, Smith was born in 1934 and claimed both Cherokee and Choctaw heritage. Still in grade school when his mother remarried, Smith took his stepfather’s surname and the family moved, first to Texas and later west to California and, finally, Idaho. After a stint in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, Smith joined Hot Rod as an associate editor in the early years of the magazine.
Tex Smith’s award-winning hot rod, the XR-6/Photo courtesy of Evan Klein/Highway Earth
Smith not only wrote about hot rods—he made them and raced them, becoming a fixture at Bonneville from the 1950s right through to recent years, though his actual racing there was limited to those early ears. After a few years at Hot Rod, which included his creation of the XR-6, an aluminum slant-six-powered modernistic car that took home the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award in 1963, Smith went out on his own as a freelancer.
Along with countless articles for a variety of magazines, Smith, a prolific writer, penned dozens of books that many budding rodders enjoyed in the Sixties and Seventies, including such titles as How to Chop Tops; Complete Book of Engine Swapping (updated several times over the years); The Complete Ford Flathead V8 Engine Manual; How to Build Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge Hot Rods, and others. Perhaps his biggest seller, however, was a short book released several weeks after the crew of Apollo 11 first touched down on the moon in July of 1969. Titled We Came in Peace, the book generated a reported four million in sales.
Smith also worked with other publishers in starting up several magazines, including Street Chopper and Street Rodder for McMullen Publishing. Though Smith was long gone from Tom McMullen’s business by the mid-1990s when McMullen died, the courts ruled that Smith held a 20 percent share and the subsequent sale of the company gave him a small fortune.
Smith continued to be involved in the hot rodding scene, even after moving to Australia about 10 years ago. He still maintained a home stateside, in Idaho, and was known as a regular at various hot rodding and street rodding events. Coincidentally, his autobiography, published from Australia, began shipping this month and is now available here in the U.S.
My father passed away on June 19th. I searched and search for funeral home that I could afford, found really nothing. In desperation I asked someone to borrow me the money they, I finally felt like I could breath a little easier. We made the arrangements and got everything rolling a soon as I told them I had the funds because we were running out of time. After I made the arrangements they told me they could only give me 2,000, the cost is 5,000. I felt my world crashing down all over again. I need to pay 1500 to the funeral home by the 26th of July. I'm a mother of a 5 year old little girl and I don't know what to do. I wouldn't of made these arrangements if I knew I didn't have the money. If anyone can help anything would be appreciated.
Friday, June 19, 2015
My brother and 4 sisters didn't know about me till after our Father's death. My father always wanted to sail the sea's before he died, but never got a chance. I'm now trying to come up with the funds to cremate him and gather my family to the ocean and spread his ashes. At this time we are all struggling and have no extra income to put our father to rest. We are begging for any help please.
Gloria passed on June 14, 2015, In her home. As a result, Gloria's insurance policy did not reach the two year maturity, therefore, a balance is due for her funeral expenses. Thanks in advance for your assistance on this matter.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Hunter Corzine Memorial: In loving care and support of our dear friend, Wendy Daniel.