Posted - 01/07/2009 : 07:07:26 AM
| Man and his beloved dog pass away same day
MONROE Maybe it was just a coincidence.
Maybe the 100-year-old clock the antique that kept "perfect time for years" broke at 6:47 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, in the Williams house.
And maybe the family's
dog, Sissy, a 13-year-old mixed breed, became ill or heartbroken and died a few hours later on that same day.
And maybe R.B. Williams just became tired of fighting his many illnesses and he gave up on Dec. 5.
Or maybe ...
"What's going on here?" Cara Sue Williams asked while sitting in her house on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Let's backtrack for a minute. R.B. Williams, 73, who had been in and out of Atrium Medical Center for a number of ailments, passed away on Dec. 5. His death certificate reads he died at 6:47 a.m.
He passed away surrounded by Cara Sue, his wife of 52 years; his son, Jason Williams; and daughter-in-law, Denise.
Cara Sue said the family remained in his hospital room for several hours, before returning home.
As part of Cara Sue's routine, she opened the front door, turned to her right and looked at the clock hanging on the wall. The clock, as trustworthy your grandmother, stopped ticking precisely at 6:47 a.m.
A few hours later, Jason took Sissy outside to play. Cara Sue said Sissy became depressed when she walked into the house from the hospital alone.
But added: "There still was plenty of life left in her."
But Sissy laid under the swing the place she shared with her master for countless summer nights and died.
R.B. Williams was buried that Tuesday at Woodside Cemetery, and his dog his constant companion was buried that Thursday at the Pines Pet Cemetery in Lebanon next to the family's other dog, Ziggy, a bulldog.
Williams and his dog were like "two peas in a pod," Cara Sue said.
"When you saw one," she said, "you saw the other."
The same could be said for Cara Sue and R.B., who was named after his parents, Reba and Berry.
They met as second-graders at Amanda Elementary and grew up four doors apart on Navaho Street in Middletown. Every Sunday, R.B. and his parents picked up Cara Sue and drove her to their church, Meadowlane First Church of God.
At first, of course, R.B. probably thought Cara Sue had cooties, and vice-versa.
"I remember one day he said, 'Why do you have to go to my church?'" Cara Sue said reaching for a tissue.
By the time Cara Sue graduated from Lemon-Monroe High School in 1956, R.B. was serving in the U.S. Navy.
"We claimed each other back then," she said.
After the service, they got married, and R.B. began his lengthy career at Armco Steel. They have three children, two sons and a daughter, who died when she was eight days old; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
"We had a good life," she said. "I'll never forget him."
There are at least two reminders in the house the stopped clock on the wall, and the picture of R.B. and his dog.
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter won't mind. And those who mind, don't matter."