Rev. B wrote a heartfelt eulogy for Melvin here.
It was on Xmas eve of 2009 that Melvin gave me my cowboy hat and a six-pack of Lonestar beer to welcome me to Texas and to the fold of the Branch and Croaker extended families.
As Melvin’s illness progressed, he spent a lot of time at home looking at Facebook. And in a way that may have not been possible a few years ago, he and I got to know each other by “following” each other — commenting and “liking” each others notes and posts.
I’ve worn that hat proudly in the Texas Hill Country, picking grapes (above).
I’ve worn that hat proudly in California…
I wore that hat proudly in Italy, where I found out that a good cowboy hat comes in handy when you least expect it.
It was just the other day, posting from Sant’Angelo in Colle in Tuscany, that I wrote: “Wherever I lay my hat these days, I am reminded that Texas is my home (for MELVIN CROAKER).”
We’ll miss you very much, Melvin. Thanks, again, for my hat. I plan to put it to good use…