some fall in love. i shatter.

Taking Flight (#9)

In Stories Volume 1 on April 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

Rex Marvin Albert, age 71, died at his home in Jasper, Mississippi on Wednesday, April 29.  The cause of death was a heart attack, though in a note that he carried pinned to his shirt pocket and that had been dated ten days earlier, Rex forecasted that he would soon die from a case of “completeness and contentedness.”

Born February 12, 1938, in Devil Springs, Colorado to James and Daniella Albert, Rex spent most of his life working quite successfully in the Sales Department of Exclusive Life Insurance.

Rex is survived by Judith Henderson, his wife of ten days.

A viewing will be held at Crisper & Johnson’s Funeral Home on Melville Avenue from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday, May 2.

The funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s on Longfellow Road in Jasper on Sunday, May 3, at 10am.

Rex made no secret that his goal in life was to find true love; a love that would not let go once embraced.  He frequently encountered various forms of love that he ultimately found wanting but, as he would say towards the end of his life, he regretted no actions, no decisions, no choices; each one was a step on the path that led him to Judith Henderson.  Rex believed the best we can do is hope that true love lies as a point on the map of our lives and that we stumble upon it.

Rex understood that the course of his life made him the man that he became, the man that Judith was looking for, the man that Judith could love so much.  He never claimed to be perfect except in saying that he had become perfect for her.

Rex believed in true love and true happiness, and in Judith Henderson, Rex knew that he had found both.  He knew this meant that he was not long for this world as such a thing of grace, he often said, cannot survive in such conditions.  In the last months of his life, Rex spoke frequently of his happiness and how even in death, he would remain happy for knowing Judith as long as he did.

Before passing away, Rex requested: “Please do send flowers to Judith but don’t do it all at once. This will surely be a difficult time for her but flowers are not for difficulty, they are for beauty, and Judith deserves beauty above all else – it is her only honest reflection.”

Flowers can be sent to 227 Maplethorpe Ln, Jasper, MS 57505.

 

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