One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 30, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
This is my next last post of 2015. As the year comes to a close I realize there are many people in my life that I didn’t get to write a post about during the past 12 months.
2015 gave me much more good news to deal with than sad but there has been rough patches. I have lost a sister, friends, and seen quite a few community leaders that I respected pass away. I also have had to assist UNC Pembroke in dealing with the loss of three students this past semester. Each of those was difficult.
I am tempted not to profile any more friends that have a sad component to their story but there is one person that I have thought a lot about during the past 6 months that I can’t get off my mind. I am going to tell her story. Actually I am going to let her tell her story since she has a blog also.
In 2009 I taught a class at UNC Pembroke called Freshman Seminar. In that class I had two students that were in a relationship. One was Michael Perry and the other was Hillary Coleman. They both became my advisees until they declared a major. I loved spending time with both of them.
Hillary today works in ICU for UNC Hospital. While she was at UNC Pembroke she was SGA Vice President (2011-2012). She was a young leader who was grounded spiritually, very smart, and happy to be the future Mrs. Michael Perry.
Michael Perry after attending UNC Pembroke became a firefighter in Burlington, NC. He also proposed to Hillary and she said yes.
He started his job as a firefighter in March 2014. On Sunday June 28, 2015 he was killed in car accident. Hillary created a blog in his memory. Below the two photos you can read excerpts from Hillary’s blog.
I hope you will take time to read it and if the mood moves you think about leaving her a comment.
The Friend – HILLARY COLEMAN with Michael Perry
The Friend of the Friend-MICHAEL PERRY
Michael Braxton Perry, my high school sweetheart fiancee’, went to be with his savior Jesus Christ on June 28, 2015. This was a tragic passing for our family and very unexpected. Since that night I have had many thoughts, memories, nightmares, and heartache that has been weighing on me dearly. This blog is a place for me to share what I am going through so that means this blog may be filled with happy memories, a roller coaster of emotions, current family moments, and what I may be feeling. Some of the submissions will be written in letter form as if I am writing directly to Michael. So, please kindly read these with an open heart and mind.
Hillary blog post can be found below
Thinking of you Hillary I was blessed to have both you and Michael as students and advisees. Stay strong you are special!