Buy My Book


  • Grannyisms


  • Buy Paul & Pap's Music


  • Mountain Folk

  • www.flickr.com
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

« Snow And Cold | Main | Charles Fletcher's New Book Is OUT! »

January 05, 2014

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e54ffe2ad38833019b04367e1c970d

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference RIP Bradley Bennett November 19, 1942 - January 2, 2014:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This was one of your best posts ever, thank you for sharing!

Awww, prayers for all of his loved ones, and would the Lord grant it, the quick birthing of another with as kind and gentle a heart as he had because we surely do need more of those folks kind of in this old world nowadays, a lot more of 'em.

God bless.

RB
<><

My sympathy to Bradley's family. He was born the year before my mother, seems way too young to die. His artwork is amazing - I thought it was a photograph! He was such a beautiful person and your words Tipper are so fitting.
I feel like I know you and your family from following your blog all these years.I 've watched the girls grow up and love their singing. I was too shy to leave any comments but remember the first blog I read you were building a tent on the porch for Chitter and Chatter out of bed sheets. I knew then I wanted to read more and more. Thanks so much for the time and love it takes to do all of this for us to enjoy. May God continue to bless you and yours.

What a beautiful and touching tribute, Tipper. You have built such a wonderful family with The Blind Pig that we all feel your sorrow today.I love a good "daddy" and Bradley must have been a good one. Thanks for sharing with us, your readers. Your open and honest feelings written on your blog have endeared you to everyone who comes this way. Like you, I've come to realize that sharing with my readers and reading their comments have enriched my life more than all the money in the world. You are the best!

A wonderful tribute. Everyone should hope to be remembered so fondly. Tipper you have made us a family of kindred spirits. Thank you and bless you.

Thank you so much for the lovely tribute. This continues to show me that people make a difference and many times they are not aware of the differences they make. Rest in peace Bradley. May God comfort your family.

This little community you have built reaches out, joggles memories and touches our hearts. Today our hearts are a bit broken. I am greatful that Bradley was part of our journey.

Oh, Tipper, what a wonderful tribute to a kind, gentle man. I've always enjoyed Bradley's posts. I'll miss his wisdom.

Tipper, my comment today is sad:
It's always sad when someone leaves us to embark on the last voyage, especially when we know a person who shares or as in this case me your writings and write comments.
Obviously I did not have the honor of meeting Bradley, but a brother who goes to the house of our Lord.
I take the audacity to consider him a friend, as friends of Blind Pig and the Acorn, are my friends, so I at least consider them.
From far away Appalachia in the far south of the globe, here in Buenos Aires, a prayer for the repose of Bradley will rise.
May God rest his glory.
My deepest condolences to the family of Bradley Bennett, Jose Luis from Argentina.

I am blessed that I know Blind Pig and the Acorn. I am all the better for having known Bradley through his writings here. I could be satified if only one person commented on anything I ever left here if it were Brad's thoughts. My sorrow is for those who have lost him from their lives.

Tipper,
I will miss Bradley's thought filled words. My intuition always left me knowing more about him after reading his comments.

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."
~ F. Weedn~

Thanks Tipper for a beautiful memorandum that you wrote for Bradley.
PS..It has been a sad couple of days as my first cousin died. My only girl cousin that lived in Clyde yesterday, also.

I did not know Mr. Bennett but it seems he made a big impact on the people he met and loved. I pray for comfort for his family. When you are loved by so many people what more could a person ask for in this life? RIP Mr. Bennett.

Such a genuine tribute for you to post for one of your readers.
I don't comment regularly, but you deserve many jewels of thanks to ponder on...you and your Blind Pig family.

I remember reading some of his posts, but my sincere sympathies go to the family left behind. However, from a religious aspect I feel he was a good man and is watching over his loved ones from a special place and one day they will be together once again. I love reading your daily posts and look forward to reading this site everyday. Everyday is a gift to me and other readers, things we have never known about or have forgotten about. You are one special person as well as your family!

what a beautiful, sweet tribute - I remember reading some of his posts. Your sharing today makes one stop, think, and take stock of the many blessings bestowed upon us and give thanks.

Tipper,
I grieve with this family and although
I never met Bradley in person, we had
several e-mail conversations. I Loved
this Man.

Not too long ago you forwarded one of
Bradley's e-mails to me and I've still got it. And he sent me an e-mail about his daughter, reminiscing about his little girl. It's so touching! Someday I'll get
to meet him...Ken

Bradley seemed to have a different take on things. Many of his comments were prefaced with something like "not exactly the same subject." I feel I have lost a kindred soul, but not for long!

WOW! Had always enjoyed reading Bradley's comments and looked forward to them. Will certainly miss his comments, but am glad I can go back to read those he left for us again and again. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and Jill. Rest in peace Bradley, you will be missed.

I am so sorry to hear about Bradley's passing. But it sounds like he was a man who achieved great "wealth" during his lifetime.

I also think that Tipper and family have figured out the meaning of wealth. The monetary kind brings some level of happiness but also can be the cause of great unhappiness. The kind of wealth you have found is the kind that has no downside.

Sorry to hear about your follower Bradley. This post is so great and touching. Take care.
Shawn

I recall Bradley's posts, and they were always kind. He was such a pleasant part of the Blind Pig group. May God bless and keep his family through the coming months and years. Thanks Tipper for remembering this dear man.

Tipper: I learned of Bradley's death through my conversation with my dear friend, Ethelene. She shared many recollections with me which were such heart-felt memories of Bradley. Now you have give us many more meaningful details to read and read again about Bradley and his devotion to his family!

Kindest regards,
Eva Nell Mull Wike

"Family" ties are more than blood. Families of the heart reach the depths of our being.

As Bradley portrayed your essence with paint, you portrayed his spirit and soul with your (and his) words. A beautiful tribute.

The Girl With The Chinquapin Eyes, its inspiration, and its artist are a trinity of beauty in one.

After having seen a number of Bradley's comments, I just came to assume that whenever he said something, it would be positive and uplifting.

That assumption was never invalidated. He was and is a transparently kind and gentle soul.

Nice tribute...thanks for sharing such a heartfelt story.

I have found that you never know who will touch our lives or the impact we have on others. These come to us from unexpected places and mean more to us than any amount of money could bring. Sorry to hear of Bradley's passing.

My friend Bradley D. Bennett passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2013. Tipper has written a wonderful tribute to him. I was greatly diminished by his death. I met him only once in person, but that was enough to cement a friendship that has lasted through several years and many in-depth exchanges of ideas and interests. We often wrote each other about our mutually-admired poet, Byron Herbert Reece. Bradley would name a poem, ask me to "explicate" it. How could I add anything of meaning to Reece's poetry that Bradley Bennett himself did not know and understand? But the exchange gave us many wonderful times of sharing ideas. And I have, thanks to Bradley, his own painting of Reece, treasured now beyond measure. To his beautiful and cherished daughter Jill, and his wonderful wife, Judy, my deepest condolences. Here is a poem by me--for what it's worth, to try to assuage some of our grief at Bradley's passing. I will miss his e-mails, his telephone calls, his presence. I am glad I knew him. He enriched my life.

Death Be Not Proud
(A Sonnet of Hope)
by Ethelene Dyer Jones

"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so." -John Donne

Be not proud, O Death. Laud not the power
You hold to end this life, to smother breath,
To bring this earthly span its ending hour,
To boast that over all hovers dark Death.

Your call to mankind brings a way of walking
Through shadows of a valley dark and drear;
But I know a Friend whose gentle talking
Lends my journey courage, assuages fear.

Not unlike birth that brings from Mother's womb
The newborn babe to face this life on earth,
Your summons to endure the fearsome tomb
Is but brief passage to resurrected birth.

Grave, where thy victory? Death, where thy sting?*
Be not proud, Death! I'll rise to shout and sing!

(*from I Corinthians 15:55)
-Ethelene Dyer Jones

Bradley will be missed, he was a big part of our family. I loved his quick wit and thoughtful comments.
I loved most that he named you the Angel of Brasstown, for he knew, as I do, that you really are an Angel living among us to bring happiness and fond memories.
Rest in Peace!

Tipper--This is one of the most moving posts you've ever presented. Bradley, although I never had the privilege of meeting him, was precisely the sort of individual I associate with much of what is best about the mountains of the South. Bright, insightful, caring, endowed with a love for the past and the good earth, and talented. That picture is a real treasure--wonderfully well rendered and sho' nuff capturing the girl with chinquapin eyes.

As for the meaning of Blind Pig and the Acorn, you probably don't recall it but the first time we met I mentioned something beside you having chinquapin eyes. In my sometimes too direct manner (something not all that uncommon among mountain folks--they say what they think) I asked you if you were making any money off the blog. Partly that was pure curiosity, but I'm also forever searching for ways to get more return out of my own blog (with its twice a month appearance it doesn't come close to the depth of yours, but there is a fairly large website connection with it).

What you've clearly come to realize is that "returns" come in forms other than money. While I still write for a living, and it has given me a world of pleasure over the years, increasingly I realize it is more a lifestyle than a livelihood. Cherish what you do for the former and do the best you can to manage the latter. After all, isn't that what Appalachian folks have always done? They make do with what they've got and don't ask for a lot. Deep in their innermost being they realize, even if they can't always express it in words, that they are truly blessed with a sense of place, being in that place, and by what that place gives them in terms of peace of mind and closeness to the good earth.

I reckon I've waxed philosophic long enough, just as Bradley's passing led you to a spate of introspection. Bradley, R. I. P. indeed.

Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

And a fine Daddy I bet he was. Thank you for sharing this, Tipper. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Tipper, what a lovely tribute to a man that sounds like somebody that we all wish we could have known.

What a generous spirit he shows! God rest his beautiful soul and give aid and succor to his loved ones grieving their loss.

Thanks for sharing this Tipper...Today, we are having a remembrance gathering at the library where I work for a co-worker, Pam Viars, who died on December 3, 2013. Your words of encouragement today and sharing the posting about Bradley's homegoing blessed this old heart of mine. Thanks again for your faithfulness to bring inspiring words and encouragement daily. Have a blessed Sunday. Prayerfully, Nancy

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.


  • About/Contact


  • All images and content are subject to copyright and are the sole property of Blind Pig & The Acorn. If you like what you see or read (I hope you do) and would like to use it please email me and ask at tipper@blindpigandtheacorn.com
    © 2008-2014
Blog powered by Typepad