DrKoine Love the text, and she will love you back.


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My wife is a native of Jackson, MS (really Ridgeland just north of Jackson). We met the fall of our freshman year on the steps of the girls’ dorm (Mississippi Hall). I and some other guys were playing guitars for a “sing-a-long” before the dorms closed. The wind was blowing the pages of my chord charts, and I asked the blonde serenading in a gorgeous alto voice next to me to hold the pages for me, and, as the old saying goes, the rest is history. The animated conversation continues to this day.
Jean had taken summer courses in the school’s quarter system, so we were able to get married in February of our senior year in 1972. We do not have children, but when I was a campus minister, I used to reply to that question, “Yes, we have about 60, and they’re all in college!” Jean is a senior administrative specialist in a large law firm with regional offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Charlotte, Columbia (SC), Denver, Houston, Jackson, Jacksonville (FL), Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Washington DC.
While we do not have children, we do have three lovely godchildren, Lindsey, Lauren, and Carissa. These sweet ladies belong to our close friends from campus ministry days in Birmingham. At the time the pictures below were taken, Lindsey (right) was a college senior and an honors student working a double major in English and Political Science. Lindsey now is married (Chris), has two children of her own, Oliver and Benjamin, and has taught inner-city high school. Lauren (middle) was a college sophomore with an all-tuition and books academic scholarship pursuing a drama major. Lauren now works in the health care industry and also is married (Whit) with one daughter, Avery. Carissa (left) was our straight A’s high school junior talented in both piano and guitar, and showing her own flair for drama. Carrisa now has finished college, has a masters, and is close to being certified in family counseling.
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We have owned three dogs. Our first was a little Chihuahua mix named Pepper. Pepper was our trick dog, a fast study, master of show and stunts. Our hearts were broken to have to give up Pepper to an adoptive family when we moved to seminary after college.

Our other two dogs were German Schnauzers. Sadie was from multi-champion show-dog stock, with absolutely gorgeous furnishings. She held her head high—a queen, strong willed, and in charge. At age 15, Sadie passed away in our arms the day after Christmas.

Tilly was the sweetest, gentlest dog who ever lived. Tilly helped me write my first Greek grammar, sitting in my lap with her chin propped on my forearm as I typed away. We had a “Run, Tilly!” game where I made her wait at the top of the stairs until I gave the command for her to streak down into the den. We had to put Tilly to sleep at age 15 just days before Hurricane Katrina hit.

“Aquarium Serenity”

“Run, Tilly!”