Johnny Popper Plays 'Taps'

| June/July 1995

  • John Deere tractor

  • John Deere tractor

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.