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Old 11-19-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default I just lost one of the biggest Gamecock fans there ever was

I really wasn't sure if I should post this, but I thought I would in his honor. This past Saturday night I lost my father Gary Dean James, Sr, who was only 56 years old. He was the biggest fan of the Gamecocks I've ever known from watching every football, basketball, and baseball game, to frequenting the various Gamecock sites and messageboards, including going to Tigernet to laugh at their frequent meltdowns. There was nothing more he enjoyed than making jokes about Dabo and how we were going to bring the thumb this year.

I thought considering the circumstances I would share this story. My dad was my absolute best friend in the world and has always been. I enjoyed tailgating and going to the games with him in college together more than tailgating with my friends because that was just so special to us to crack open a beer while listening to the pre-game show out there and go to the stadium for the Gamecock Walk and watch the warmups for two hours before the games. We sadly haven't been able to make it to many games over the last year or so and we were home this Saturday. We were spending all of Saturday watching football as we always did and we were so excited for the game that night. We watched the Auburn game and had switched that to the smaller TV we had setup in the room and the Gamecock game coming on the bigger one. He turned on the radio to hear who won the coin toss from Todd right as Auburn had lost the lead to Georgia by 1 point. Right after that, he passed out in my arms and from the ambulance coming and everything, he was gone from this world in less than an hour without any sort of warning signs. His heart just stopped in the ambulance and they couldn't save him.

While waiting to see if he was going to be okay in the hospital, I checked the score just to get my mind of things and saw we were losing 14-6 at the time, and soon after came the news that he was gone. I did not even care at all or know a thing until we got home and I saw that we came back and won 19-14 and I knew instantly he had something to do with that considering the time of his passing. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind. He was also so excited for us to watch the Monday Night Football Panthers game together too, and considering how that one turned out, I know he had a hand in that too somehow.

My dad was the greatest person I ever knew and was truly my best friend and always will be. He was a lurker on this site, actually was a registered member with the name lawyer302, but he never posted as he just enjoyed reading through thread after thread. He did not follow the gamethreads during the games, but he would read through EVERY page once they were over. He just enjoyed it that much. I thought I would just share this with you. He attended USC and he is the reason why I love the Gamecocks like I do and led to me not wanting to go to anywhere but the school for both undergrad and graduate school. I am burying him with one of the two National Championship baseballs we bought together and I know he will be so happy up there when the Gamecocks win that first SEC Title and National Championship in football.

We watched almost every Gamecocks, Braves, or Panthers game together, whether in person or talking on the phone while they were on while I was away in college. It's going to be awhile before I'll be able to bring myself to watch one, but I know he'll be there sitting beside me watching when I am ready, cheering on his favorite teams. That first step will be to watch that Florida game so I can truly feel where I know he made an impact in the game for me. Sorry for the long rant, but I just wanted to honor him in some way on a site he absolutely loved.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:56 PM   #5
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I considered my dad (like you ) to be the biggest Gamecock fan I've ever
met. He was the reason my blood runs Garnet now. He too was 56 when
God called him home in 1984. God be with you and your family and may
his presence be a comfort to you all. Hang on to those good memories
and he'll always be present.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:57 PM   #6
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I'm sorry for your loss. Treasure all of the wonderful memories as they will be both a comfort and a joy to you all of your life. Prayers.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #7
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Sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:41 PM   #8
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Sorry for your loss and ours. His Gamecock pride will live on in yoo.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:45 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear that man. That's a hard loss.

He, Sputs dad and my Aunt Debbie can hang out together in Heaven and watch the Clemson game. I've told this many times here, but the night before her funeral, was the night USC beat #1 Kentucky in basketball. I'd like to think she had a little hand in that.
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Prayers to you and sounds like u are a great son and person and he was a great father and man . Reading that made me think about times I spend with my son
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:12 AM   #11
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So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:29 AM   #12
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Far too young. May God bless and be with him and your family.

Saturday was a sad day for me as well....my Dad died 3 years ago Saturday......
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:29 AM   #13
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7689, rants are often accompanied by rancor between the poster's words. I only saw love between yours.

November 16, 2013......Gamecock Heaven...+1.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:46 AM   #14
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Am so sorry to hear that. God be with you and your family.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:35 AM   #15
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:56 AM   #16
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Very sorry to hear about your loss.

I lost my dad, a true Gamecock, when he was 55. I feel your pain and am praying for you and your family.

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Old 11-20-2013, 07:48 AM   #17
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Sorry for your loss. Sounds like Gamecock nation lost a good one.
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Thoughts and prayers. Wish I would have known your dad.
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Sorry for your loss. You have some lasting memories to enjoy.
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Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences with your dad.
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