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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Life Honored, A Life Remembered...

As many of you may know, my family has been struggling with my granddad's cancer for the past few months. To read more about his story you can see this previous post. On Saturday, after a brave battle, my granddad, Edison Woodrow Branson took his last breath in the arms of my mother and was immediately welcomed into the arms of our SAVIOR, JESUS! For his funeral we had the blessing and challenge of putting together a video of photos to capture his 90 beautiful years. He lived more history than we could even imagine. He received several presidential commendations and awards (including the bronze star) for his service and bravery in WWII. He loved the Lord, loved his family and loved his country. I hope this video expresses that! Feel free to watch if you'd like... but just know that the video is nearly 10 min. long and may take a minute to load. Seems like a long time, but for those of us that knew and loved him, 10 min. is such a brief glimpse of a 90 year life of dignity and grace!

ps... several of these photos were taken by me at his 90th birthday party... and several others were taken by my great friend Lisette at my sister's wedding. I especially want to thank her for giving us some of the last images of my granddad. Things like this really help put into perspective just how special the gift of being a photographer really is.

... also, i don't know why the audio cuts out near the end of the video... sorry...

Edison Woodrow Branson 03.14.1919-04.18.2009 from lauren via on Vimeo.


Susan Stinson Photography said...

Thank you for sharing a glimpse of his life with us. Tears grew in my eyes as I watched the love in him and your family.

You're right on when you say being a photographer is such a special blessing.

Alissa said...

oh lauren...that was beautiful!

Over the Moon Custom Design said...

Thanks for your comments ladies! I appreciate both of you and your encouraging words!

Lisette Price Photography said...

Lauren the slideshow was so touching. Your grandfather was an amazing man. I had no clue what a decorated hero he was! I'm honored that I was able to take photos of him at Cara's wedding. I am continuing to pray for you and your family.