Whitesburg KY

Struttin’ Time:

Thoughts of friend who left too soon

As we prepare to start a new wild turkey season, my mind wanders back to some of my friends who will no longer be hunting with us.

These were people just like you and I. They were also your friends, neighbors, and hunting buddies. Do you ever think of them? I do.

I want to tell you about a friend of mine by the name of George David Kilgore. George wasn’t much different from us. He was married to his lovely wife Donna for 24 years. They had two children, Chris and Autumn, and a grandchild, Caleigh. George, who worked everyday, was born on February 27, 1960, but died May 17, 2006. It is what he did in those short 46 years that made him stand out.

He loved his family, and always made time for friends like me. How many people do you know that sold ice cream as a living in the middle of winter? George did. He would stop by my house to plan a hunt and it would be below freezing outside. Still, there would be an ice cream truck in my yard. His smile never faded even after he found out his journey here would soon be over.

George loved rabbit hunting, and had several fine beagles. Although our hunts here are over, George and friends like him remain just as fresh in my mind as ever. During this down time, until season starts, we will be remembering some of our friends. I hope you enjoy hearing about some of them.

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