Tribute to a Friend

Jack-of-all-trades, master of none
Didn’t fit this particular one.
When and where did he learn all he knew?
Anything you needed it seemed he could do.

The tasks he tackled at times were grand
But were perfected with his talented hand.
Determined and hard-working, high he set the bar.
To find another you’d have to look far.

Our ‘sweat breaks’ from RRR and KC’s
We’re often filled with hilarity
From his keen observations and unique wit.
Never boring, not one tiny bit.

His knowledge deep, wisdom deeper still,
No one his shoes will be able to fill.
If one looks, there are hints he was near.
Heaven has gained him; he’s no longer here.

A generous spirit, an enduring heart,
Kind, creative, fun-loving and smart.
If you knew him, you’ve stories to tell.
I’m glad I knew him. Rest in peace, Wayne Bell.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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