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SNAP
June 21, 2010, 4:53pm Report to Moderator

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Location: Acworth, GA
Saturday 6/26/10 Honor Mission “Papa Joe” Blasingame. The Warriors Watch Riders have been requested by the Blasingame family to escort and honor Papa Joe on his final ride.

Staging:             

Saturday, June 26 11:45AM
Alcovy High School, 14567 Hwy 36, Covington, GA 30014

Escorted by LEO, we will be escorting the Blasingame family
and Papa Joe to the National Guard Armory in Covington.  
KSU promptly at 12:30pm.

Memorial Service:

National Guard Armory, 4124 Carroll Street SW, Covington, GA 30014
Escort to Arrive at Armory no later than 1:15PM
Memorial Service Starts 2:00PM

                               There will be no flag line prior to or during the service.  All are
                               welcome to remain at the Armory for Papa Joe’s memorial.  If
                               anyone cannot remain at the Armory for the full service, or if
                               you are arriving after 2pm, the family and the National Guard
                               ask that you park in the adjacent lot so as not to disturb the
                               proceedings once they begin.

Papa Joe was our GA Asst. State Coordinator of the Warriors Watch Riders.  He was a staunch supporter of our military, and participated in numerous memorial missions, send off's and welcome home missions for our servicemen and women.

Papa Joe was especially supportive of the Georgia National Guard 121st Bravo Company, based in Covington, during their recent year long deployment to Afghanistan.  Joe quietly and selflessly took on the role of patriarch of the "Black Sheep", assisting many of the families while their husbands and fathers were away at war, providing needed repairs to the Bravo Co. armory facility itself, providing a full Thanksgiving dinner last November for the ENTIRE company in Afghanistan, and doing whatever else was needed to provide help on the home front for this unit and their families.  For his service and commitment, the state of Georgia and the Georgia National Guard presented Papa Joe with the Georgia Commendation Medal in May of this year, the third highest award that can be bestowed on a Georgia serviceman, and rarely awarded to a civilian.

A memorial service is being presented for Papa Joe by his family, the officers and members of 1-121st Georgia National Guard Bravo Co., and the Warriors Watch Riders.  Joe's services will be held at the National Guard  Armory in Covington GA.  While Papa Joe was a retired police officer and firefighter, he was not a veteran of the military, and as such his family requests no flag line at his service. But there will be a flagged motorcycle escort for the Blasingame family on the day of the service, and everyone who would like to attend and participate is welcome.  There will be full LEO support.  (The family has requested American Flags only, no branch of service or organization flags.)

We want to make Papa Joe's final ride a memorable one in his honor and for his family. Please join us and the community in celebration of Papa Joe’s life. "Make It Big" !!!!!


"SNAP"
770-527-3358
Acworth, GA
"You ain't having fun unless you just a little scared"
Butch Hooper
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June 21, 2010, 5:09pm Report to Moderator

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Standing by.


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In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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June 21, 2010, 6:19pm Report to Moderator

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Papa Joe, Shellee & I will be joining you for your " final ride".


Email wwrhippie@att.net

770.928.7453

RIP "PAPAJOE", " BLUESMAN", & "KAT"

SEMPER
FI AMERICA!!
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June 21, 2010, 8:38pm Report to Moderator

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We will be there...Thank you all who will be there with us...Carol and the family will see just what Joe meant to us all...

Miss my Papa Joe....


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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June 21, 2010, 8:46pm Report to Moderator

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It saddens me to say that we will be out of town during the memorial.  We will be thinking of all of you and I know you will do Papa Joe proud.  We miss and love you all so much and......I miss Papa Joe.


I truly feel that I served in the United States Military to protect your freedom of speech.  I also feel this gives me the right to smack you square in the mouth for saying something stupid!

"Courage is being scared to death but saddeling up anyway." John Wayne
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June 21, 2010, 9:27pm Report to Moderator

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Cindy and I will be there


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"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Carrie Ann
June 22, 2010, 7:54am Report to Moderator

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We'll be there Papa Joe .....
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June 22, 2010, 8:11am Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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An American Soldier is someone who, at some point in their life, wrote out a check, payable"to the United States of America" for the sum total of up to and including my life." We as citizens of those same United States owe them no less than unconditional support.


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June 22, 2010, 8:18am Report to Moderator

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West Siders meet at the BP on Barrett Parkway/I-75 at 1015 Saturday with a KSU at 1030.  That should get us to Covington at 1145.


There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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June 22, 2010, 8:28am Report to Moderator

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Lisa that face in the picture cracks me up-thank you. Miss that fiesty guy...


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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June 22, 2010, 9:17am Report to Moderator

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We will be there!


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
             Charlie Daniels

in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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June 22, 2010, 9:39am Report to Moderator

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My privilege to honor Joe!
Almost packed


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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June 22, 2010, 9:51am Report to Moderator

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Looking forward to seeing you PA Peeps


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Moonshine
June 22, 2010, 11:35am Report to Moderator

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Can't wait to see our PA folks-THANK YOU!


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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Bobby
June 22, 2010, 1:47pm Report to Moderator

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A message from Papa Joe for all who are having a hard time this week....

Remember Me

To the Living, I am gone,
To the Sorrowful, I will never return;
To the Angry, I was cheated.
But to those that are happy, I am at peace.

To the Faithful, I have never left.

Talk to me, and I will hear;
your prayers, they comfort me,
and your laughter makes me laugh.

But don’t weep for me, as I have my reward.
I am with my Father, and He will never let me perish.
The Lord comforts me, and He longs to comfort you.
So be happy, my friends, and don’t despair.
I am in good hands, waiting for the day when
the Lord calls you to come home.


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

Proud parents of
Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

"The will of God will never take you
where the Grace of God will not protect you."
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"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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victoryrider
June 22, 2010, 6:28pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks for the info TMT; will see the westsiders at BP Saturday
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June 22, 2010, 9:08pm Report to Moderator

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Me and lainelou will be there.  Look forward to see everyone


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June 22, 2010, 9:18pm Report to Moderator

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I thank all you "Out-of-Staters" for coming and look forward to seeing you.  CA
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June 23, 2010, 7:08am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Bobby
A message from Papa Joe for all who are having a hard time this week....

Remember Me

To the Living, I am gone,
To the Sorrowful, I will never return;
To the Angry, I was cheated.
But to those that are happy, I am at peace.

To the Faithful, I have never left.

Talk to me, and I will hear;
your prayers, they comfort me,
and your laughter makes me laugh.

But don’t weep for me, as I have my reward.
I am with my Father, and He will never let me perish.
The Lord comforts me, and He longs to comfort you.
So be happy, my friends, and don’t despair.
I am in good hands, waiting for the day when
the Lord calls you to come home.


Thank you Bobby...........very hard week.


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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June 23, 2010, 7:46am Report to Moderator

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Missing our Papa Joe today and always......


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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June 23, 2010, 9:07am Report to Moderator

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We are with y'all in Spirit!  Papa Joe will be forever remembered by his extended family.  Godspeed PJ!  We will never forget you!


In Honor of Kathryn M. Fialkowski,

In Honor of  My Father, C. E. Stilwell
Chief US Navy Retired RIP  
WWII, Korea, Cold War Veteran

In Honor of my Brother Thomas E. Stilwell
FA US Navy Vet RIP
Viet Nam Era Veteran

In Horor of My Sister in Law
SFC Sara E. Stilwell
US Army Vet RIP
Cold War Veteran

In Honor of the 343 FDNY "Smoke Eaters"
RIP Brothers
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Lisajan
June 24, 2010, 7:02am Report to Moderator

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Our PA friends are here...


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Moonshine
June 24, 2010, 7:11am Report to Moderator

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Lisa give our PA peeps big hugs from me!!


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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Lisajan
June 24, 2010, 9:14pm Report to Moderator

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Nite honey....xxoo





"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Tank
June 24, 2010, 9:40pm Report to Moderator

Supporting our troops, vets and families.
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Location: Canton, Georgia
Remembering Papa Joe.  See yall on Saturday.


Tank

Woodstock, GA

Proud Navy Dad and riding in memory of my Dad Major Robert D. Sterling WWII combat vet, United States Army
avatar: USS IWO JIMA

Never forget September 11, 2001.

For those who serve, past and present. Thank you.
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June 25, 2010, 8:07am Report to Moderator

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Heading out in a bit for the first leg of Papa Joe's final ride ...Everyone ride safe...See some you in a bit and the rest of youse guys in the in Covington ...Love you all...
XXOO


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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TMT
June 25, 2010, 8:40am Report to Moderator

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You guys ride safe today and I will see you tomorrow.


There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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June 25, 2010, 10:07am Report to Moderator

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Ride safe, see you tomorrow. Give Carol and Christopher bigs hugs!


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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candb559
June 25, 2010, 11:32am Report to Moderator

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See you guys tomorrow..ride safe


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June 25, 2010, 12:54pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks to everyone who was able to ride today.  


There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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June 26, 2010, 6:12am Report to Moderator

IGNORE THE FLAK, FLY THE MISSION
Gazeebo Team
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May I suggest that all State Coordinators and ASC's instruct your RC's take a moment on todays missions, durning your ride brief and offer a moment of silent rememberance for one of our own, "Papa Joe" Blasingame, brother, friend and ASC, Georgia. Thank you, all.  T


To my kat  " until the twelth of never, I'll still be loving you"       
                                
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June 26, 2010, 7:29am Report to Moderator

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Excellent idea, T.  And even those who can't ride today should take a moment to think about Papa Joe.
Ride safe.


SFC/E-7 USA(RET) AIRBORNE!
It is an honor to ride with all of you.
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TMT
June 26, 2010, 8:06am Report to Moderator

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It's a sad day here in Georgia as we prepare to give Papa Joe his final ride.  Rest in Peace Papa Joe.


There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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June 26, 2010, 8:11am Report to Moderator

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I will ride with boards down for Papa Joe; he will always be with us...
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June 26, 2010, 8:22am Report to Moderator


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N. IL. is riding with pegs down..

Never met Papa Joe but miss him already..

-matter


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

Riding in Memory of JonD, Proud Parent (Deb), Mike, Irish, Kat, RCRON, Wheelmaster & Chicago Jim.
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June 26, 2010, 8:03pm Report to Moderator

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We just got home from our motorcycle trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  I'm really sorry to have missed this opportunity to honor Papa Joe.  I really admired and respected him and wanted to be there.  My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.  Papa Joe is going to be sorely missed.


Winger
USMC Viet Nam Era Veteran
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HIPPIE
June 26, 2010, 8:58pm Report to Moderator

Honored to serve Ga's WWR family
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SC Georgia
Posts: 1,145
Location: Woodstock Ga.

Today's turn out to honor the life of Papa Joe, was a true statement to how the man touched the lives of many. If we manage to have half as many people show up for our final send off, then we could say we did good in life.

Joe it was an honor to have two last rides with you. One yesterday from Atlanta to your home. Then again today from the high school to the armory.

Joe this is far from being a good bye. I know that you will be riding along with me from time to time, as you were last night. I also know that we truly will meet again when I myself make my journey into heaven.

Until then Papa Joe, I hope to " Make It Big " down here with you in mind.


Email wwrhippie@att.net

770.928.7453

RIP "PAPAJOE", " BLUESMAN", & "KAT"

SEMPER
FI AMERICA!!
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Lisajan
June 27, 2010, 3:31pm Report to Moderator

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Just back in town and up from a much needed nap...I just want to thank those of you that were able to make Papa Joe's final ride with us yesterday....and thank those of you with us in spirit....We did right by Papa Joe and his wonderful family...They got to see how special a man he was to us and how much we all loved him....also along with them, how much we will miss him....

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart...

xxoo
LJ


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Bobby
June 28, 2010, 8:39am Report to Moderator

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We all made it BIG for Papa Joe this past weekend.  It was an honor to ride for him and with him, to honor him at his services, to toast him at every opportunity, to share memories of him with his family and friends, and to sing "Oh Danny Boy" for Carol and the kids in final tribute on Saturday night.  (The margarita's definitely helped!).

He was my friend, and he will be missed.



Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

Proud parents of
Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

"The will of God will never take you
where the Grace of God will not protect you."
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"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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I just wanted to let you guys know how much it meant to have you with us on Saturday. Not only your physical presence, but the spiritual presence of those who could not be with us helped to make a horrible day a little easier to bear. Please pass this along to everyone who was there as I can not remember all their names. Wonder if that has something to do with the amount of alcohol I consumed! Papa Joe would have been so proud .
Bobby, your rendition of Danny Boy was beautiful and touched my heart deeply. Snap, thanks for spending a little one on one time with me and Mark in the garage, it was insightful and Carrieann, Jordan and I are both excited about our adventure in July! Thanks again for everything your organization did for Papa Joe and the family.
I look forward to seeing all of you again!

Cheryl Blasingame


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SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
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Hello to each and every one of you!



               Thank you all very much for everything you have done for Joe Blasingame and his family. Many of you have been a part of this entire episode since the day he went to the emergency room back in March. You have comforted him and his family, driven him to the hospital, encouraged us all, cried, prayed, and escorted him on that last ride. A man has never had better friends.



               The service Saturday was magnificent. It is difficult to describe what an emotional experience it is to roll out behind that long line of flag-flying bikes and feel the respect and reverence that a group of friends can have for a lost comrade. It was glorious.



               Thank you for the time you took from your daily lives. Many of you worked and planned for weeks. Some of you drove half-way across America just to be there. All of you gave of your time, energy, and spirit. Thank you.



               God bless you. Ride safe.



                              

                              Ed Underwood

                              Covington, GA


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Finally collected my thoughts from both the escort and service.

Pappa Joe was like the man in the parable that was given a tallant of silver by his master.  Pappa Joe's tallant was Love - and he increased this tallant to overflowing - from his family to his community and beyond.  

We, too must take up his tallant - and increase it in our lives; to go day by day and ask ourselves - "What can I do to multiply the Love entrusted in me?"

Thank you Pappa Joe !

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My deepest gratitude to friends in Georgia for their warm hospitality, and also for the show of love and respect for Papa Joe. The escorts and the Memorial Service were absolutely beautiful...a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
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in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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Al, many thanks to you, Calamity and Rambone for making this journey from PA to join us in honoring Papa Joe and supporting his family at this very sad time.  Glad to hear you guys made it home safe and sound.


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OIF 08/06 - 05/07

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As all three of us have said in our public and private messages - we wouldn't be anywhere else and were fortunate in many ways to be able to join you in honoring Joe's life.  Hugs to you all!


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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Papa Joe’s Final Ride

On March 13th Joe “Papa Joe” Blasingame was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Though shocked and saddened his Family and friends, of course, stepped up to help Papa Joe and Carol with whatever they needed to help them get through this journey.  Our Philly friends, Rambone and Calamity, came down for a surprise visit to lift PJ’s spirits. We all tried to play a role to help make things easier on Carol and Joe: Carrie Ann and I were caregivers, which is the name Carol gave those of us who took Joe to his radiation treatments; Bobby helped with getting Papa Joes bike sold, Snap fixed thing around the house with Papa Joe’s assistance.  Even though Joe was too weak to physically help, he sure had no problem yelling from the couch to tell Snap to do this or that while fixing the under counter lights. You see Joe was a certified electrician...Who knew? We all made them some kind of food, legendary chicken pot pie by Sue Sue, a killer roast by Carrie Ann, and I made my famous meatballs…All of which Joe loved. You see Carol does not cook, Joe was the cook of the family…who knew?

I think those of us who made that Emory trip with Joe would say it gave us an opportunity to have some quality time with Joe… He told us his feelings, his frustrations, how special the time was to him to let his family and we his extended family how much he loved us, and we were lucky enough to do the same… He was still thinking and talking about ways to support the troops… Papa Joe had a lot of different ideas because Joe loved taking care of the troops any way he could… He was awarded the Georgia Commendation Medal for his support of Bravo Company 1/121st… First SGT Swanson made the request for Papa Joe’s award through the Governor’s office; it is the 3rd highest award to be given to a soldier and is rarely awarded to a civilian.

During Papa Joe’s illness, he still tried to keep his life somewhat normal.  He had nice visits with his family and also with us, his Notorious Westsiders. He made sure to try and give Carol some down time, as she was his main caregiver and he worried about her so.  He even came to Snappy’s bar for KRODs going away party, part two, and also for a Cinco de Mayo party… We could see our friend fading a bit from his illness, but he was bound and determined to still have some good times, which he did. He gave us all a blue bandanna to put on our bike to remember him by, which we have on Snap’s and always will…

Snap and I last saw Papa Joe the weekend before Memorial Day. He was not well and fretting somewhat. I tried to talk him into thinking about his trip with his family instead of worrying about things he has no control over…The steroids he was taking kept his mind running on overdrive. When we left that day I was not sure if I would see my friend again. He did go to the lake with his family, but had to leave early and go to the emergency room… Joe had a staph infection, which was causing swelling to his brain.  At this time, we were unable to see him, he was in pain, and it was the time his family needed to be with him… Then after a week or so in the hospital the decision was made to have Joe go to hospice,
the tumor had grown, and it was time to make him comfortable until God was able to take him…
Bobby, CA, Snap and I were able to see him one last time at hospice… He woke up a bit and we talked a little then he dosed off… He woke again and realized we were there and we got that big Papa Joe grin, a grin I will never forget.

On June 18 at 12:05 am Joe “Papa Joe” Blasingame passed away peacefully with all of his family present… Joe made sure he would pass on the 18th because there was no way he would pass away on the 17th, his beloved Lily’s birthday, it was her 3rd.

While at the hospice our last visit with Joe, Christopher, Joe’s son, asked us to help him with Joe’s final ride. Of course we agreed. We were requested by the family to receive Joe’s ashes from the crematory and also provide escort for his Memorial service.

On June 25th, several of Joe’s closest friends started his final ride. Joe’s friends came from Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. We headed to the crematory to receive Joe’s ashes.  Once we did, we stayed a few minutes in their chapel where each of us had our own moment then we had a circle prayer for Joe…We  then continued on to Covington, with Papa Joe’s ashes on my lap, in the 95 degree weather on our bikes down I 20.  We met Papa Joe’s children and some of his closest friends and co workers in Covington had lunch and then unfurled our flags and escorted Christopher and Heather back to Joe and Carol’s house. Bobby took Joes ashes from me and handed them to Christopher, Papa Joe’s son, he then brought Joe home to Carol.

On June 26th, we went to the armory to set up a memorial table filled with our memories of Joe…Carrie Ann worked tirelessly on pictures, a DVD and condolence book to be part of that memorial table…They all turned out beautifully because all were made from CA’s heart. Calamity brought some WWR things and our table represented our Papa Joe to a tee.

We then left for the high school the sun was shining, it was going to be another scorcher, but we had an important job to do…We staged at the high school and Bobby and Snap briefed everyone. We then recited the pledge of allegiance, Biker Steve did the prayer, and then we all got together for the “Make it Big” Papa Joe hand shake. A small group of us who went to PA for the memorial ride, then headed to Joe’s house to get the family and Joe’s ashes to escort them to Bravo Company’s armory, where Joes’ Memorial service would be held.  I once again had the honor to carry Joe’s ashes and with respect wore white gloves, and with those white gloves I held Papa Joe close to my heart.  We then headed back to the high school where we would pick up the rest of the bikes and ride to the armory escorted by the local LEO.  We had about a 40 min ride to the armory when we pulled in the bag pipers were playing amazing grace. The fire dept was in place with a truck and lights going.  The bikes all pulled in and all riders stood by their bikes reverently as they waited for Joe’s son to come and take Joe’s ashes from me and bring them into the armory. Christopher, also with white gloves, took the ashes of his dear father into the armory and we then all followed…

The armory was a bit warm, but so was the service it was a very moving and a very personal service, as many of Joe’s family and friends spoke about their memories of our dear friend… 1stSGT Swanson’s presentation of a flag to Carol was very moving, and Ed’s scaled down eulogy was amusing… Bobby spoke about our Jennifer Hartman Memorial flag ride, all great memories. Bobby made me chuckle talking about Joe’s escapades.  After the service, we had a Grey Goose toast with some soldiers and family to Papa Joe.


The mission was flawless and Papa Joe would have loved it… He would be so proud to know that over 200 people and 40 bikes came to be with his family to honor and celebrate his life…
Make It Big!  We did for you PJ!
We love you Papa Joe… always…
Thank you everyone for helping make Papa Joe’s mission one that his family and friends will never forget…


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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I still can't get over how beautiful that picture is (great job CA), and how fortunate it was that one single solitary rose had fallen from the floral arrangement so that it could be placed on Joe's remains.  Gee, you think Papa Joe had anything to do with that??  


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

Proud parents of
Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

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As the symbol of that flower, one last time he was saying he loved y'all and that love was returned with the rose being placed with him.


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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I didn't think I could cry anymore.  What kind words everyone has to say.  Just goes to show how VERY SPECIAL he was.  That picture is one of MY FAVORITES too.  I am getting ready to start the download of pictures I took in a bit.  

Lisa Jan - Beautiful ride report honey!  You make us all PROUD with your thoughts and words on paper.  

Continue watching over us Papa Joe    We love and miss you so very much . . . . and will always keep you alive in our hearts and celebrations throughout.  God Bless and Keep You Sweet Man!
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Ride in Peace, Papa Joe.


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Never forget September 11, 2001.

For those who serve, past and present. Thank you.
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I am so sorry I am just now posting, we moved Sunday and have no internet at home.
Thank you all who worked so hard to make this such a special day. Thank you BC, Al, Calamity and Rambone for coming. Very sad but special day.

Love you PaPa Joe!


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Missing you...PJ... Have a great 4th in heaven...we will take care of things down here...xxoo


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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Erica garret hugging on her PJ....





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SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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One week has gone by since Joe's memorial service and it has been a tough one....

I have spent the entire evening looking at all the pics on CA's shutterbug site as well as the pics and comments on the Thread.  They have brought smiles, laughter and tears but the sum of it all is GREAT MEMORIES!

I can not begin to express enough my appreciation to all of you for your support and prayers during the past 3 1/2 months.  The memorial service was so emotional, so perfect and it was a very big part to those of you who helped our family plan it and then made it happen.  

Joe was a very special human being who touched many lives in many ways.  

It's not going to be easy.  I will miss him terribly as I know you all will.

Carol


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You remain in our thoughts and prayers, Carol, and we continue to wrap you in our hugs.


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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Pearl as Joe so love to call you ...Carol so happy to see you here and hope to see you in person soon....and yes miss him terribly...
XXOO


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Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Yep, I miss him a ton as well.  Pearl, you call or head up this way anytime you want.  Be advised that we will be doing likewise to see you!  

Talk to you soon.  Give that cutie pie grandbaby a hug for us when you see her.

Love you.....

BB & CA


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Proud parents of
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OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
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Happy 4th of July Papa Joe and all our Military Men and Women, family and friends who you are surrounded by.  Love to you Pearl as you move one foot in front of the other.  
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These are beautiful





"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

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Thank you Lisa..miss our friend.


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

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