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Today is a sad day for the Leigh Family

October 6th, 2010

October 2, 2010 we lost our dearly beloved Uncle Poppi. I can’t even find the words to express what this lost has done to our family, but I need to write something to mark this day. Born Ashton Alvin Leigh in Gloucester Virginia, was my father’s older brother, my Uncle Ashton, and Maya’s Uncle Poppi! Growing up, we were very fortunate to past lots of Thanksgiving at their house in Virginia, or in the old house in Gloucester, which was very country. I’m not saying I am a city girl, but growing up in suburbia, does not prepare you for a 100 year old house/general store. I do regret not being able to spend more time and learn more about the family’s history, because there is history. I have stories from here and there, but wish that I had written down the details for my children and future children. I hate living so far away that I can’t pop down there, when I want.
I remember going down to Gloucester and passing by a god awful smelling paper-mill. It was fun arriving in a place that I was related to a good pat of the town. We had a great Aunt Sugar, who lived down by the creek, and her house always smelt so good. I remember her being a small woman, but now the memories are becoming less clear. I do remember there always being sweets in the house. I do remember a cousin of my Dad living next door that had a grand-daughter my age, and got along with well. A long ago memory of a LEIGH family reunion occurred with banjo and all. There were oysters and clams. I got pushed into the creek, but was deathly afraid of the jelly fish and barley touched the water, before jumping out. I did love going out on the boats. Uncle Poppi had a yellow boat called the Melanie. I wish that I had visited more often, when I was grown up, but we can’t go back in time.
Uncle Poppi was a soft spoken man, with the best southern accent. He as a big old teddy bear, but I don’t think that I would have wanted to see him wound up. I loved seeing him and my dad together, but these last couple of years has been the best. It was awesome to see them talking to each other like two kids. A new found friendship. They finally found the time to enjoy each other. I’m glad that they found the time. Even our families finally took the time to visit and I can never thank them enough or tell them how much I love and appreciate all that they did. It was fun for me to see that there are some really strong LEIGH traits that we all carry.

Aunt Busha, Melanie, Leigh, Clare, and Perry we love you all so much and I can’t even imagine your pain. I feel the lost so much, so it must be 100 times more for you all. I hate being so far away, but I will come and visit Uncle Poppi as soon as I return to America.

We love and miss you Uncle Poppi:

I will try to keep adding to this, as I discover more information about the Leigh Family.

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