For this being my first funeral I would say that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was kind of like having Church for the last time with Uncle Shoat. Only with more of the stories being about Uncle Shoat and not Jesus. I think my favorite part (if it is okay to have a favorite part of a funeral) was after the service when everyone headed to the cemetary in true Cowboy fashion. Leading the way was a horse drawn carriage and tied to the back, a fully saddled Riderless horse, with Ol' Shoat's boots turned backwards in the sturrips heading WEST! If you have ever seen the old John Wayne Movie called "The Cowboys" You will have a vision of what took place as the carriage drove through town.
I will tell you one thing ... Uncle Shoat was a very well respected man. Names of people that were Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers reads like a Who's Who in the Country Music world. Names like Roy Clark, Rodney Lay and Pake McEntire to name a few. I was honored to be amoung such men to say Good-Bye to one Great Man!! You can read all about Uncle Shoat HERE in an artical that was in the Rodeo News Magazine .. Don't forget to turn the pages it is kind of long but a great story.