Two weeks ago, the Seymour, Indiana chapter of PFLAG lost a dear friend. Charles W. King was a simple man and kind; his life revolved around his wife and daughter, his work and NASCAR. His work ethic (in the Cleveland Clinic, waiting for a diagnosis, he was on the phone, explaining to a colleague how to make a repair) his skill and his personality made friends for him wherever he went, and they came numerous to visit him in the hospital in the last month of his life.
NASCAR conflicted with PFLAG meetings, and although his wife is a member of our board, we did not see him on Sunday except for special occasions. But he helped out with special events often.
What Charles did for us that endeared him to our community was to open his home and his heart to our members, especially a group of young men, many of whom had been rejected, more or less, by their blood relatives. Charles made them feel welcome, respected and cared for and we will all love him for that, always. That is what the 'P' in PFLAG stands for: a parent, not a judge.
Charles, we will miss you; we are so glad we got to know you.