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Gary Church

July 8, 2014

Gary Church: There will be crying at my funeral — but it’s not what you think

NEW CASTLE — I was one of the 7,000 people who attended the River City Brass concert on July 3 at Westminster College.

One of the songs that I especially liked was "Shenandoah," which was beautifully sung by the Rev. Nathan Louden.

For the 6,980 people that don't know why that song was included in the program, here is a little background information.

Gene DiCaprio was married to my cousin, Thelma.

When Thelma was putting her babies to bed, she would sing "Shenandoah" to them.

The song was included in her funeral, and was very touching.

Since Gene is the head of the Fourth of July celebration, he asked that it be included in the concert.

I wonder what song would they sing at my funeral?

What songs did I sing to my daughter when I would put her to sleep.

I'll admit, I have a slight problem.

I don't pay attention to the words of a song, just the music.

If I sing the song, I have to make up my own words.

In the song, "Daddy's Little Girl," the only words I knew were, "You're sugar, you're spice, you're everything nice, and you're Daddy's little girl."

When I would sing it to her, it probably went like this.


"You have nails on your fingers,

hair on your head,

poop in your diaper,

now please go to bed.

You're sugar, you're spice,

you're everything nice,

and you're Daddy's little girl.”


I'm sure if Pastor Louden would sing this at my funeral, there wouldn't be a dry eye in the place, but probably not from crying.

Perhaps just a moment of silence might be better.


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