Losing a love one is never easy And for me these last couple of weeks has been a difficult times of for me. One of the last elder statesmen in my life. Douglas Barns has pasted away it’s been a rough moment. When I think back to when I was a child Doug always took the time to talk to me and always gave me words of encouragement even when I didn’t want to hear them.
I remember one time as a kid I got in trouble in school for (who knows I stayed in trouble) and back then when I was growing up the whole family would talk to you in an effort to put you on the right path, this particular time Doug was one of the people who came talk to me and this particular day, well I wasn’t trying to hear what he had to say ( young smelling my self ) I guess that pissed Doug off because the next thing I know he had me hind up in the hallway telling me listen here jack as he had a few choice words for me but that just who Doug he would give you encouragement when you need It, but he would also give you a tongue lashing as well all in the same tone never raising his voice.
My last year of high school I was in a work study program I had a chance to work at the hospital that Doug work for. My second week working there I happen to run into Doug he asked me how was the job coming along then he proceeded to introduce me to different staff members and told them to keep an eye out for me that just who Doug was always looked out for people.
I got to see first hand how Doug interact with the many staff members and patience when it came to Doug it didn’t matter about gender, religion, races, or classicism he loved people and they all love him.
As I sit in the chapel listing to all the difference speaker talk about how Doug was a good man, a great employee, a spiritual man the best grandfather and a tremendous coach but for me he was family. They say it takes a village to raise a child I agree, It was just blessing to have some strong tribal leaders in my life. Man like Matthew, Jerry, Rozell, Alonzo, Charles, and Doug these were the men in my life that taught me right from wrong showed me a strong work ethic and in still morals and values into my everyday life and help made me the man I am today and for that I will always be thankful.
Nathaniel Douglass Bond Sr. has coach countless kids thought out his life time. Doug was more than a football coach he was a life coach for so many as well, His name and legacy will always live on.