This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Larry Speake who was born on November 18, 1949 and passed away at his home on February 22, 2005 at the age of 55. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
My Dad was an amazing person. He was compassionate and whole-hearted. He put his heart and sould into everything that he did, including his family. He cared more about his family than anything in this world. He put our needs above his own. My Dad has been there for me countless times. He has always believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself, and because of this, he is and always will be my personal hero.
My Dad also had a passion for nature and the outdoors like no one else that I knew. He loved to be outside, rain or shine. He always told me that he found his peace and sanctuary in nature. It was the simple things in life that brought my Dad the most joy.
My Dad was one of the strongest people that I knew. When he first found out that he was ill, he instantly wanted to know what he could do to fight it. And fight it he did. I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with my Dad in the final months of his life, and he was never once hesitant about trying alternative remedies that might give hime more time. He had a form of cancer that would not respond to treatment; however, I know that his perserveance helped make him stronger and live longer. My Dad continued to live his life as normal as possible after he learned of his illness, and for that we should all be grateful. When I think back on the time that I spent with my Dad in the final months and even weeks of his life, I still remember a what a big heart he had and how much life he had left in him. About a month before he passed away, I went and stayed with him for a week, and the one thing that sticks out in my mind from my visit is that he wouldn't stop talking about going in the woods to "chase the turkeys." I will never forget that part of my Dad, the part that refused to give up on life and adventure.
Dad's Favorite Season
Written By Summer Fogle
In Memory of My Dad
The sun is just starting to rise
and the children have not yet opened their eyes.
The grass is still sparkling with dew
as I look to the woods I am about to walk through
There is not a cloud in the sky
and the breeze is as soft as a sigh
The leaves and branches crunch beneath my feet
as I walk to find that perfect seat.
As I sit beneath the tree,
I am amazed at what I see.
Never had I seen a creature so grand
as the turkey that stood before my hand.
I sat there watching it for hours,
mesmerized by its amazing powers.
No where else do I feel so at home
as in the woods where the turkeys freely roam.
A Symbol of Love
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment, it's glory and beauty belong to the world
But then it flies again, and though we wish it would have stayed.....
We feel lucky to have seen it
Dear Grandpa, November 17, 2005
I wish I could have met you while you were still in this world, but I know that we will meet one day in heaven.
I wish I could see you, but I am so grateful that you saw me the day that I was born. I know Mommy and Daddy couldn't see you, but I knew you were there, watching us from heaven.
I wish I could hear your voice just once, but I know that I will always hear your wisper in the wind.
I wish I could feel you hug me, but I know that I will always feel your spirit as I feel the rays of the sun shine down on me.
I wish you were here so that I could see you smile and hear your laugh, but I know that you are in heaven right now with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes.
I wish that everyone would have a Grandpa like mine.
I love you Grandpa Larry.
Dear Dakotah Wayne, November 18, 2005
Greetings from Heaven!! Thank you for your letter. I received it today on my Birthday. Please give your Mommy a hug and kiss from me today and every other day. Give one to "T-ma," Aunt Quanna, Uncle J.J., and your cousin Watson for me everytime you see them.
I know that you cannot see me or hear me, but please know that I am there. I will always be there for you to talk to. I will always listen to your fears and will do my best to cover up your tears.
I wish I could be there to congratulate you as you accomplish all the great things that your Mommy, Aunt Quanna and Uncle J.J. accomplished, but i will be there in spirit watching over you every time you do something great, and I know for a fact you will acheive great things.
Just remember my sweet grandson, each time I see you smile and laugh, I am in heaven with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.
I love you Dakotah Wayne!