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Remembering “Pee Wee” Atwell

20121205atwellIt was a day with which a gentleman named Lawrence Foster Atwell ‘’Pee Wee ‘’ from Colonial Beach could be very happy. It was the day of his funeral service at Nash & Shaw Funeral Home where pastors from Colonial Beach Baptist Church Johnny Almond, and Oak Grove Baptist Randall Snipes did an excellent job describing the life of a man whose life had affected those in the  overflowing funeral home.


Their sermons were spirituality connected with the life and times of the 77 years of Pee Wee’s life in this small community where everybody seemed to know something about Pee Wee. The standing room only crowd in the Chapel was there for a man who definitely was not financially wealthy, but was rich in friends.

Pee Wee was a handyman who helped others throughout the town. He rode his bike everywhere to visit different churches, stores, and personal friends to help them and he always met you with a cheerful smile.
 Pastor Almond knew him from his church and had many good things to say about Pee Wee, as everyone who knew him would agree, but the pastor was curious about how Pee Wee got his name.  He finally found out that when Pee Wee was born he was so small he could fit in a shoe box. Rev Almond went on to speak of the many attributes of this man, saying there was nothing small about Pee Wee’s heart.

Pastor Snipes, who also knew Pee Wee from the church, also spoke of what he knew and heard of him, but then he asked those that were there giving tribute to Pee Wee’s life if anyone had anything to say or add to the service to speak up.  People stood and told funny stories describing his humor, others told of his loving personality, others about how he helped people and how Pee Wee was an icon at Colonial Beach and that he would be long remembered.

   The service ended in well sung songs of praise. Outside balloons were handed out and all were released at once into heaven remembering “PEE WEE”.                                                                               

 

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