I am sorry to report that one of the people who has helped me with information about my family's history has passed away yesterday.
He died in his sleep and was 91 years old. Clarence Milton Fallin who was born in Clay County, Arkansas passed away in his sleep in Texas and services will be held in Arkansas and he will be buried in Arkansas.
I always called him "Uncle Milt". Clarence Milton Fallin was named for his Uncle Clarence and also after his Grandfather's Colonel in the Confederate States Army (Colonel Milton Baber). Uncle Milt Fallin was really my Father's Uncle but I always referred to him as Uncle Milt anyway.
I visited him at his Missouri home many times before he moved to Texas, especially when I use to live in Missouri. We even made a special trip to Arkansas to see some long lost cousins on the Fallin, Knight and Simmons sides of the Family. We saw the monument there in Jackson County Arkansasclose to the White River where they had a monument about the Confederate Veterans that served from the local area.
Uncle Milt was a very special man, a simple, humble, honest, caring man who loved his children very much. He always had time or made time to talk with me and we had many surprisingly frank conversations about the truthfulness of our family's past... both recent and distant past.
I loved how he KNEW who he was and how he didn't put on airs about anything. He was really easy going and easy to be around and talk with.
His passing was not a shock to me ... I had been preparing myself for this for some time but I will miss him as an Uncle and as a friend. I will miss our conversations. We spoke over the phone almost every week for years.
I think Uncle Milt would want to say "Don't worry about me" and he would probably want to warn people to try to get their houses in order as he was deeply concerned about the economy and the debt and about people living too high on the hog. He had lived through the depression and World War 2 and many other things. I will miss him. Godspeed Uncle Milt a believer in God who never pushed his religion on anyone and allowed for anyone believing in whatever they wanted to and actually shunned most religious conversations.