A picture walk through Washington Park Cemetery

Regardless of the weather, with deep respect for this young man, dying long before his allotted years,
Shamir never saw the age of fifteen. But he loved basketball--God, he loved basketball!
This triangle of six basketballs survives, in season and out.
When one ball becomes too weathered, it is replaced with a well loved (and used) ball.

Bessie Lee Cline lived a good life and was loved in her community.
She was loved by her children and, I expect, loved deeply by the Lord.
Her picture on the stone shows a glowing face and the flower vase is rarely empty.


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Derick S. Hartshorn
Conover, NC


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