Most everyone is familiar with the phrase “the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows.” I felt exactly that when we arrived home late Tuesday afternoon. We were traveling back from Los Angeles where my husband Phillip and I were celebrating a huge win for his band Little Big Town, at the Grammy Awards. We were still buzzing from the weeks events as we were flying home, and were looking forward to seeing my mom and our daughter Penelopi to celebrate together. They were waiting at our house for us and at the same time my dad was also on his way over to meet up with us after his work and share in our big win together. The Arthur family has a strong tradition of “celebrating” any chance we can get, and this time would be a mountaintop moment for all of us. Little did we know, the news we would get next would change that tone altogether, and our lives would truly never be the same. No sooner than we could walk in the front door of our home and say hello with hugs and kisses, the phone call came in saying Bill had passed unexpectedly. Our collective feelings of elation and celebration quickly turned into shock and tears. When my Dad arrived at our house after hearing the news on his drive over, he literally fell into my arms crying. He had lost his brother.
I have such great memories of “The Arthur Bros” as we called them. My dad and his three brothers were always entertaining, to say the least, when the Arthur family had a “get together” (haha)! As a little girl, it was one of my favorite things when the four brothers would be in the same room. I remember it always being a fun party full of loud laughter, great stories and also great memories. I also learned some great life skills from my Uncle Bill – like how to fix our broken vacuum cleaner or how to change a car tire. He was a really good teacher and was very impressed with my vacuum repair skills…(haha)! Uncle Bill lived his life boldly and with great love towards his family. He cared deeply about people in his life and would give any one of us the shirt off of his back even if he didn’t have one to give! He had a way of saying exactly what he meant with no apologies – and everyone listened. We will definitely miss you, Uncle Bill. The Arthur family will never be the same without your generous soul here on earth. We all love you and know you will always keep an eye on us.