Rest in Paradise Uncle Billy

May 3, 2017

Dear Uncle Billy,

Sometimes we forget to live, cherish,  appreciate and love this thing called life. My favorite Uncle, you left us in November. We were supposed to go on a White House Tour on December 5th. I was going to give you an extreme update on my movie, instead of subjecting you to hearing second-hand information from my mother. You were going to say  “Oooo and Ahhhh”, tell me how proud you were of me, and then you were going to give me a list of items to bring back from Africa.

God had different plans… You passed from a heart attack on November 21, 2016. Through these tears I shed, I can rejoice because you lived a great life. My whole family, your students, and your community loves you. I know you are in a better place. I thank you, Uncle, for taking care of my family when times were hard, taking care of my 90-year-old grandmother, for your generous “just because it’s Monday” gifts. I thank you for sharing your artistic talents with my sister and I. You kept us well stocked with all the art supplies we needed to hone our crafts. Even as an adult, Uncle I thank you for falling in love with Akata Documentary, I thank you for sharing my project with one who listened. I miss you soooooo much.


Your niece,



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