Johnny Popper Plays 'Taps'

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Just as the hearse entered the West Gate of Fairview Cemetery, a forty-year-old John Deere entered through the East Gate and proceeded toward the cortege. The hearse stopped near the freshly opened grave.

Pallbearers lifted the casket, then carried it to its final resting place.

The like-new old tractor, now parked nearby, sat running quietly at slow idling cadence.

The Minister offered the closing prayer.

No bugler ever blew 'Taps' any sweeter than old JOHNNY'S muffled salute. To our departed restorer: Fitting Tribute!

We buried Bobby Thurman Friday, December 23, 1994.

Bobby was a popular member and frequent exhibitor of the Georgia Antique Engine Club. Fellow members were pallbearers.

Bobby's happy grin and helpful hands will be sadly missed. Three years ago, Bobby was very ill; not expected to live; however he survived and regained his love of 'OLD IRON.' Family and friends believe this enjoyment served as medicine which prolonged his life. Our deceased friend was highly skilled and very knowledgeable of engines and tractors. The JOHN DEERE at his funeral had generous application of those skills.

Frank Canfield