Tuesday, March 13, 2012
On Feb. 25, my inspiration and absolute love entered into eternal peace from Oak Brook Health and Rehab Center in Summerville. Agnes “Aggie” H. Arnette, my precious wife and companion for over 55 years, had been sick since 1993 with a rare disease that robbed her of so much, but she never complained or asked why.
Over the years, until her death, there have been so many wonderful individuals, firms, and organizations that have helped us and meant so much to Aggie. I wish I could properly thank each one … but you know who you are, and so do I. It is my prayer that God will reward and bless you for what you did for this special lady. I will never forget you.
Dr. Charles “Chip” Bounds, you were always there whenever I called. In the early stages, Intrepid Hospice, thank you. Southern Care Hospice, thank you for the outstanding services … you are tops. The caregivers spoiled her, but oh, what compassionate, professional services you render.
Other special organizations that helped us so very much were the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, All-Care Living Services, Trident Area Services on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association, Santee Circle Community Church, Point North in Moncks Corner, and Change Life Ministry. So many friends would come by to check on her and special people like Lillian and Jim and Pat Stone, who would sit with her to give me a time of respite.
For the majority of her illness, I was Aggie’s primary caregiver. This continued until September of 2011 when I was hospitalized with a near fatal situation. Our daughter, Myra, had undergone several operations and was unable to care for her mother. It was at this time that Betsy Craven-Bailey, a lifelong friend of Myra’s, quit her job in Easley, SC and moved in with us to care for Aggie 24 hours a day until she was admitted to Oak Brook. This young lady was God sent. She is still working in the Tri-County area with one of the great weekly newspapers, The Berkeley Independent, and continues her caregiving in a private home and an assisted living facility.
To know Aggie was to love her. I thank God for entrusting me to care for this very special lady for over 55 years.