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Posted by: SNAP, June 21, 2010, 4:53pm
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" !!!!!
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, June 21, 2010, 5:09pm; Reply: 1
Standing by.
Posted by: HIPPIE, June 21, 2010, 6:19pm; Reply: 2

Papa Joe, Shellee & I will be joining you for your " final ride".
Posted by: Lisajan, June 21, 2010, 8:38pm; Reply: 3
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....
Posted by: Smely, June 21, 2010, 8:46pm; Reply: 4
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.
Posted by: candb559, June 21, 2010, 9:27pm; Reply: 5
Cindy and I will be there
Posted by: Lisajan, June 22, 2010, 7:34am; Reply: 6
:-/
Posted by: Carrie Ann, June 22, 2010, 7:54am; Reply: 7
We'll be there Papa Joe .....
Posted by: Rambone, June 22, 2010, 8:11am; Reply: 8
Standing  by.
Posted by: TMT, June 22, 2010, 8:18am; Reply: 9
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.
Posted by: Moonshine, June 22, 2010, 8:28am; Reply: 10
Lisa that face in the picture cracks me up-thank you. Miss that fiesty guy...
Posted by: bluesmanNEPA, June 22, 2010, 9:17am; Reply: 11
We will be there!
Posted by: Calamity, June 22, 2010, 9:39am; Reply: 12
My privilege to honor Joe!
Almost packed
Posted by: Lisajan, June 22, 2010, 9:51am; Reply: 13
Looking forward to seeing you PA Peeps
Posted by: Moonshine, June 22, 2010, 11:35am; Reply: 14
Can't wait to see our PA folks-THANK YOU!
Posted by: Bobby, June 22, 2010, 1:47pm; Reply: 15
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.
Posted by: Lisajan, June 22, 2010, 1:51pm; Reply: 16
:o
Posted by: victoryrider, June 22, 2010, 6:28pm; Reply: 17
Thanks for the info TMT; will see the westsiders at BP Saturday
Posted by: bg1521, June 22, 2010, 9:08pm; Reply: 18
Me and lainelou will be there.  Look forward to see everyone
Posted by: Carrie Ann, June 22, 2010, 9:18pm; Reply: 19
I thank all you "Out-of-Staters" for coming and look forward to seeing you.  CA
Posted by: Moonshine, June 23, 2010, 7:08am; Reply: 20
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.
Posted by: Lisajan, June 23, 2010, 7:46am; Reply: 21
Missing our Papa Joe today and always......
Posted by: budman54, June 23, 2010, 9:07am; Reply: 22
We are with y'all in Spirit!  Papa Joe will be forever remembered by his extended family.  Godspeed PJ!  We will never forget you!
Posted by: Lisajan, June 24, 2010, 7:02am; Reply: 23
Our PA friends are here...:)
Posted by: Moonshine, June 24, 2010, 7:11am; Reply: 24
Lisa give our PA peeps big hugs from me!!
Posted by: Lisajan, June 24, 2010, 9:14pm; Reply: 25
Nite honey....xxoo
Posted by: Tank, June 24, 2010, 9:40pm; Reply: 26
Remembering Papa Joe.  See yall on Saturday.
Posted by: Lisajan, June 25, 2010, 8:07am; Reply: 27
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
Posted by: TMT, June 25, 2010, 8:40am; Reply: 28
You guys ride safe today and I will see you tomorrow.
Posted by: Moonshine, June 25, 2010, 10:07am; Reply: 29
Ride safe, see you tomorrow. Give Carol and Christopher bigs hugs!
Posted by: candb559, June 25, 2010, 11:32am; Reply: 30
See you guys tomorrow..ride safe
Posted by: TMT, June 25, 2010, 12:54pm; Reply: 31
Thanks to everyone who was able to ride today.  
Posted by: T, June 26, 2010, 6:12am; Reply: 32
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
Posted by: chance3290, June 26, 2010, 7:29am; Reply: 33
Excellent idea, T.  And even those who can't ride today should take a moment to think about Papa Joe.
Ride safe.
Posted by: TMT, June 26, 2010, 8:06am; Reply: 34
It's a sad day here in Georgia as we prepare to give Papa Joe his final ride.  Rest in Peace Papa Joe.
Posted by: victoryrider, June 26, 2010, 8:11am; Reply: 35
I will ride with boards down for Papa Joe; he will always be with us...
Posted by: matter, June 26, 2010, 8:22am; Reply: 36
N. IL. is riding with pegs down..

Never met Papa Joe but miss him already..

-matter
Posted by: Winger, June 26, 2010, 8:03pm; Reply: 37
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.
Posted by: HIPPIE, June 26, 2010, 8:58pm; Reply: 38

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.
Posted by: Lisajan, June 27, 2010, 3:31pm; Reply: 39
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
Posted by: Lisajan, June 27, 2010, 11:11pm; Reply: 40
;)
Posted by: Bobby, June 28, 2010, 8:39am; Reply: 41
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.

:(
Posted by: Lisajan, June 28, 2010, 1:20pm; Reply: 42
:-/
Posted by: Lisajan, June 28, 2010, 1:21pm; Reply: 43
:-/
Posted by: Bobby, June 28, 2010, 1:22pm; Reply: 44
Making It BIG!
Posted by: Lisajan, June 28, 2010, 1:23pm; Reply: 45
:B
Posted by: Lisajan, June 28, 2010, 1:29pm; Reply: 46
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
Posted by: Lisajan, June 28, 2010, 7:55pm; Reply: 47
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
Posted by: BC, June 28, 2010, 9:35pm; Reply: 48
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 !

BC
NC State Coordinator
Posted by: Rambone, June 30, 2010, 4:07am; Reply: 49
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Posted by: bluesmanNEPA, June 30, 2010, 7:38am; Reply: 50
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.
Posted by: Bobby, June 30, 2010, 8:45am; Reply: 51
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.
Posted by: Calamity, June 30, 2010, 9:05am; Reply: 52
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!
Posted by: Lisajan, June 30, 2010, 9:42am; Reply: 53
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…
Posted by: Lisajan, June 30, 2010, 9:44am; Reply: 54
:B :)
Posted by: Bobby, June 30, 2010, 11:02am; Reply: 55
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??  ;)
Posted by: Calamity, June 30, 2010, 11:08am; Reply: 56
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.
Posted by: Carrie Ann, June 30, 2010, 11:17am; Reply: 57
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!
Posted by: Tank, June 30, 2010, 8:01pm; Reply: 58
Ride in Peace, Papa Joe.
Posted by: Moonshine, July 1, 2010, 7:45am; Reply: 59
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!
Posted by: Rambone, July 1, 2010, 8:03am; Reply: 60
See you on the other side Joe.

If I make it there. ;)
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:09am; Reply: 61
http://picturesbycarrieann.shutterfly.com/
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:15pm; Reply: 62
Missing you...PJ... Have a great 4th in heaven...we will take care of things down here...xxoo
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:16pm; Reply: 63
http://www.cmt.com/videos/toby-keith/27718/american-soldier.jhtml
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:21pm; Reply: 64
;) Erica garret hugging on her PJ....
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:23pm; Reply: 65
:-/ ;)
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:24pm; Reply: 66
;)
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:28pm; Reply: 67
:)
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:29pm; Reply: 68
;)
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 9:33pm; Reply: 69
:o
Posted by: Pearl, July 2, 2010, 9:45pm; Reply: 70
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
Posted by: Calamity, July 2, 2010, 9:58pm; Reply: 71
You remain in our thoughts and prayers, Carol, and we continue to wrap you in our hugs.
Posted by: Lisajan, July 2, 2010, 10:13pm; Reply: 72
Pearl as Joe so love to call you :K)...Carol so happy to see you here and hope to see you in person soon....and yes miss him terribly...
XXOO
Posted by: Bobby, July 2, 2010, 10:51pm; Reply: 73
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
Posted by: Carrie Ann, July 3, 2010, 6:49am; Reply: 74
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.  
Posted by: Lisajan, July 16, 2010, 11:00am; Reply: 75
These are beautiful :o
Posted by: Moonshine, July 16, 2010, 11:35am; Reply: 76
Thank you Lisa..miss our friend.
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