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Kenny Martin posted a condolence
Friday, July 15, 2022
Tater Tot and Me A Eulogy Back in 2003, I was going through a bit of a rough spot in my life. I had just gone through a nasty divorce, I was working 10 to 12 hours a day and the woman that had raised me since I was a young whippersnapper was dying of cancer in a hospital in Birmingham, Ala..Her name was Evelyn Cochran, and I still miss her. Since I was single again, a good friend at work named Eddie signed me up for a membership at the local Moose Lodge. I liked it cause they had ice cold beer and a free buffet. Free Food. One night while I was in there getting my fill, I met a nice fella named Wayne Frye, (but he liked to be called the Colonel). We hit it off and we got to talking, we became fast friends, and the Colonel told me that he had just opened a new bar in town, called the M&W bar. He told me to stop on by, and he gave me a free beer card. Good for one beer. One afternoon later, I found that free beer card, and I decided to take him up on it. When I walked in, there was a tall blonde named Kathy sitting at the bar. I put that card down on the bar, and I ordered me a beer. She looked over at me and said "Well, ain't you special" I said that I must be, cause I got this here free beer card. Me and the Colonel had a good little snicker over that. During my times of working, and going back and forth to Birmingham Ala. on the weekends, I would stop by there for a beer or 2. The Colonel kept telling me about Kathy, and that she was bugging him about me. I wasn't paying her no mind, I was too busy dealing with life, and my problems that was at hand. So, I gave him my phone # and told him that it was OK to give it to her. Which he did. Little did I know then, but I had met her once before, at a NASCAR race in Atlanta about a year or two earlier. A mutual friend of ours (now deceased) had took her and her friend named Susan there. Kathy had just had cataract surgery, and was sporting a humomgus pair of sunglasses for protection and a spiffy new short curly perm. We even sat together at the race and had a few beers too. (I took a picture of them then, and Kathy didn't believe me until until I showed it to her later) I didn't pay her no mind then either. Kathy called me not long after I gave the Colonel my phone # and she invited me out for a beer. Kathy had somehow become smitten with me. I kinda liked it, who wouldn't. Here's this gorgeous tall blond asking about me. I really had no social life back then, (remember the nasty divorce and tons of work and stepmother dying?) Kathy was somewhat known as a social butterfly, had lots of friends, and her family welcomed me into the family fold with love. We became great friends, she chased me around like a little puppy dog, and then we fell in love. I got a nice little place out in the country, and I invited her out for dinner and a few drinks. She brought her an overnight bag, which consisted of a toothbrush and a hairbrush and some clothes. She loved it out there, and her toothbrush never left. Kathy invited me to a social life that I'd never been to before. It was great. I made lots and lots of new friends. It was a whirlwind romance for both of us. For sure. Kathy could talk for hours, no matter what the subject, and she would always have a different perspective than yours. Like point, and counterpoint. The nightlife and family life was fantastic. Next thing I know, we are getting married on a river boat in Chattanooga Tenn. Kathy even did a little pole dance for me. On the boat. It was true love then. We had lots and lots of fun. Good times. I called her Tater Tot, and the nickname stuck. She loved it. Other friends of hers would call her Kit-Kat, but I was the only one allowed to call her Tater Tot. She called me Poochie, Dear, and a few other names as well whenever she got mad at me. Then in 2014, Kathy was coming home one night, and she was involved in a wreck that almost took her life. Dark times were ahead for both of us. Kathy survived, but then she became totally disabled. She was never the same after that. Kathy did OK for a few years, her mind was as sharp as ever, she was a homebody now, disabled, and she settled into her new life. She loved to cook, watch her "shows", entertain her friends, and drink her wine. She would spend hours talking to her friends and her family on her phone, sitting in her recliner. She would send me out daily for her Do-Dads, Ding- Dongs, groceries, and anything else that she saw on TV, and wanted to try. And Boy-Howdy, I'd better not get her take-out order wrong, or else I'd get thrown under the bus, and run over. Even when it really wasn't my fault. Kathy was born a red-head, and so, as is her nature, she was a strong-willed woman, and she wouldn't hesitate to speak her mind, especially if she thought that you needed to hear it. She had a way with words, and she could really hurt your feelings, if she thought that you needed it, even if you really didn't. That was Kathy. Kathy loved to bicker with me, and at the end, we had a matching of wills of the mind, so to speak. She had told me recently that we were like that married couple on the Andy Griffith show. Nice as they can be to others, Fred and Jennie Boone snapped and bickered at each other terribly at home. She liked that comparison, and I guess that I had to agree with her. She loved me, and I loved her, but sometimes we just couldn't stand to be with each other in the same room. Over the years, Kathy's body slowly started to fade away. Kathy was a fighter too now. She fought real hard, we bought her a scooter that we named her little red corvette, and she had a grin and a sparkle in her eyes again. But She was disabled, in lots of pain, and with that, depression and sickness finally set in. I watched over her in despair and took care of her as best that I could. I had become her caretaker. In the winter of 2020, Kathy finally had to be admitted to the hospital. She was very sick. She came close to getting her Angel Wings then. She fought back, and won that round. But she was never the same after that. Kathy lasted 18 months, and then she had to be hospitalized again. With her strong will and determination, she fought back again. She came so close to coming back home several times, but alas, it was not to be. Kathy took her last breath in the early morning of June 22, and she finally got her Angel Wings. She earned them. I said the Lord's prayer to her and kissed her goodby. You know that saying that life is supposed to be lived with lots of fun and laughter and friends and family and love until your body is old and worn out and just can't take it anymore? Well...That was Kathy. Kathy loved fiercely. She loved her family. She loved her friends. And she loved me. She even told me so, before she died. Kathy is now with her Momma and her Daddy and her sister Julie in Heaven. She is where she belongs. She is no longer suffering and in pain. She's got her Angel Wings now. I loved you Tater Tot. Gonna miss you too. Till we meet on the other side. Save a cold beer for me. Poochie.
Joedi Smith posted a condolence
Monday, July 11, 2022
I worked with Kathy many years ago and loved all the times and laughs we had together. It’s been many years since I’d seen her and I hate we lost touch. Godspeed Kathy. I look forward to seeing you again one day.
Christine Pierce Walker lit a candle
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss, sending our deepest sympathy. Prayers for comfort and healing.
Sheryll Thomason posted a condolence
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
A cousin that I haven’t seen since childhood, but remember so well. I can still hear her voice and remember her infectious laughter and big smile. My condolences to Suzy and Danny and all her family and friends. You are in my prayers.
Connie Thomason Silvers posted a condolence
Monday, June 27, 2022
So sorry to hear about Kathy's passing. Sending prayers for your family.
Irvin Mack posted a condolence
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Kenny so sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family
Emily Livingston lit a candle
Thursday, June 23, 2022
I’ll always cherish our memories of hanging out at the pool hall. We would watch tv and talk all day, two pisces in a pod. Thank you for guiding me through my teenage years. Say hi to Mike for me.. I love you both so much. See you in heaven.
Dewey Leverett posted a condolence
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Went to school with Kathy and had known her for many years. Hard to believe the Lord has called her home so soon, she will be missed by all who knew her. I'll be praying for you and the rest of the family Kenny! God bless you all.
pamela jackson posted a symbolic gesture
Thursday, June 23, 2022
prayers for her family kathy was my cousin but she also was my best freind we shared our family problems together and shared our secerts we talk on phone every nite till she got too sick to talk.she was a loving caring person i will miss her voice her laughter and mostly her.but she happy now in heaven with her mom and dad and sister.she never could get over loosing her parents.but she now with them looking down on us all.its going to be hard not hearing her voice.or seeing her. till we meet again.
The family of Katherine Ann Martin uploaded a photo
Thursday, June 23, 2022