I learned yesterday that Carl Moser, Sr. of Hickory NC is preparing his family before taking God's hand. You may know him as the  talented photographer whose works have been featured in The Kodak Collection, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Mint Museum and The Hickory Museum of Art. I know him simply as Uncle Carl - my mother's oldest brother and the heart of his family. 

He did not start out this life with a camera in hand. It started as a hobby and grew into a passion. He told my mom  that he discovered that he liked the honesty he got through the lens. It was once written about him that, "He took photographs to get to know people and have fellowship over the camera." I love that wording because it really captures who I think of when I think of my Uncle Carl.

He is a handsome man and a family man. He loves God and country with enthusiasm. He is gentle but direct.  He is someone I truly respect.  I've paid more attention to just who he is in recent years. This quiet, gentle man (unless of course you talk politics) has nurtured a relationship between the two of us and let me get to know him.  He doesn't say much but he gets his message across. He's told me twice that he loves me and although I already knew it, the truth in his voice has made invaluable memories.

He loves his family. He considers his ability to take a photo and have us see a  masterpiece a gift from God. He thinks that loyalty is a given in friendship and in love. He finds nature and people fascinating.
 
Now don't get me wrong.  Uncle Carl may read this and consider it "sap" if I don't tell you that he has not always been the most eloquent or disciplined with his words. Politics and religion are dangerous territory in the Moser family and there's not one of us that hasn't lost or given up on a discussion with him! They say we mellow with age and from the stories I've heard and some of what I  remember,  I would have to say this is the case with Carl Moser, Sr.  

What has remained constant is the pride he has in his family and the unconditional love he had for my Aunt Helen. Theirs was a true love story. He has always been bright and talented and drawn people to him. But, for me, the respect and admiration he showed for her was the true measure of a man. 

My prayers are with our family and all that have been touched by him. May your journey be brilliant, Uncle Carl.  Your time here certainly has been.
 


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05/24/2012 5:30pm

Well written Jamie and so true of Carl. I visited him this morning and so
many wonderful memories of time spent with him were brought to mind.
Tommy

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Sue Karen
05/24/2012 6:11pm

What beautiful words! You did a wonderful job describing Carl! I love everything you write. No one could have written any better! Love you!
Sue Karen

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Jamie, how beautiful. Thanksyou! Daddy died today at 2:12. Most fo his many ,many visitors had left and I lwent to Wendys to grab some llunch. When I got back Trey came running and said "hurry". I ran in and Daddy had just taken his last breath. I was s
05/24/2012 8:23pm

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Aunt DOTTY
05/25/2012 2:14am

JAMIE, YOU ARE PRECIOUS. YOU ARE A GREAT WRITER. NO ONE COULD HAVE SAID IT BETTER. I AM GRIEVING FOR A MOST WONDERFUL BROTHER WHO MADE SUCH AN INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE.

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Stephanie Pridemore
05/25/2012 11:58am

Very well stated, Jamie.

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Dawn
05/25/2012 12:10pm

absolutely wonderful...

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05/24/2017 1:51am

All you want is here

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    My name is Jamie.

    I left the culdesac for the country. My life is run by two Welsh Corgis. I discuss the biggest obstacles life throws at me with a horse named Belle. My family has suggested that I consider having my camera surgically attached. I pride myself on the fact that my armchair psychology has only caused a few disasters. And I love to write. I am not certain if I'm finding my sanity or losing it. That's where you come in - YOU decide! 

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