Dear Christy , Cotton and family ,
I was saddened to see that John passed away yesterday. I knew John had been sick and regret that I had not seen or spoken to him in months. We worked to togeather last year on a house he was framing for me . He spoke regularly to me about his family and how proud of you he was. I learned a lot from John and appreciate the limited time we knew each other. I will be out of town and unable to attend his funeral service but wanted you to know ,all of you are in my thoughts and prayers .