January 29, 2013

Two years ago, on this day I wrote about being at the lowest point in my life. Today, I can say this day is one of the toughest. As I write this, exactly 24 hours ago, I found out my mom had passed. Shock. Disbelief. Bewilderment. Grief. All of those emotions hit me at once with one devastating phone call.

I am glad to know that she loved me and that she knew I loved her in return. I am glad to know that she is no longer in any pain and that she has received her heavenly reward. I am proud to say that Joan Yvonne Charleston Fleming was my mom and I am thankful to her for being my portal to this great world of ours.

She was devoted as a mother, wife (of 49 years), grandmother, sister, daughter, public servant, alumnae, soror and Christian. She brought joy and compassion to those that were around her. She lived a fulfilling 72 years of life and she did it her way, the right way.

She will be missed but never forgotten. Love you, Mom. Now and always.


  1. Sorry to hear bro.. be strong and always know MOMS never die... You will continue to hear and see her, in many ways as you progress from this day forward. Your mom was a very appreciative woman, and always wore a smile. My time of knowing her, and every appearance will continue to shine within me. what a lucky son you are to have had her. I know she was very proud of you Erik, and always know she is still watching the man you have become. Love ya BRO.... Robert E. Walton, Jr.


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