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poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

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My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

[DjVu image of original letter here] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/directory_letter_jblakeley_19521023.djvu

[Text version here] http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/letter_jblakeley_19521023.txt

Postmark Date: October 23, 1952

Addressor:
Miss Johnnye Ashton
Box 118
Rotan, Texas

Addressee:
2nd Lt. Roy J. Blakeley
3308 Pilot Training Squadron
Class 53-G
Box 514
Stallings Air Force Base
Kingston, North Carolina

Dearest Roy,

Hello, honey, I received your letter this morning and it made me so very happy, because I know now that you care as much as I do. Roy, honey, you know that if bought me a ring that I would accept it. Nothing would make me happier, because I want to be yours, all yours, and I want you to be all mine. I don't want to share with anybody and there's only one way to make sure of that. I know that I am very young to make such an important decision, probably the most important one I will ever make, but I am very sure that I know what I want and that is you. I love you so very much. I miss you more every day you are away from me and I can very honestly say that I haven't been entirely happy since you left this last time, but I am trying to make the best of it. I also asked Mother about ordering the rings and she said that she was sure it would be allright, but I don't want to decide on it myself. I want you to do it.

We had a letter from Val today and she wanted Violet's address because she is going to move to Abilene if she can find a good job. That will be nice to have her so much closer to home and also when you come home we can go to see Violet and Valarie at the same time. Won't that be nice?

I went to Brownwood with Doris' family Sunday to take her back to school. She sure did hate to go back. Donelle was here too, but I didn't see much of her. Doris and I spent most of our time at the hospital with Sara. She had her baby Saturday night, but it didn't live. I sure felt sorry for Sara. She is doing allright now, though.

Say, I enjoyed reading "Dennis the Menace." Send me another one sometime.

I saw that picture of Marilyn Monroe on the back of the magazine and I thought about you and wondered what your reactions would be when you saw it. Ha - If you would just stop to look sometime you would see that her face doesn't look bad.

Honey, I just glanced at our picture and we look so happy, it also brought back many pleasant memories - I am glad you gave your Dad the pictures, because Violet said he really was proud of it. I would really like to see him. Roy, if you haven't written to him lately I think it would be best if you did.

Well, sweet, I will close and drift off into dreamland, but first I must study a little shorthand. If I learn it real good maybe you will let me be your secretary, part time.

Miss you.

Love always,

Johnnye