Harkers Island , NC Community Leaders

Boatbuilder Stacy Guthrie, son of Devine Guthrie.

I Remember ...

by K. Amspacher

I remember a man ...
      with hands bent with age and work;
Hands that had been used to build dreams, not just boats ...
Hands that had worked a harpoon to kill a whale ...
Hands that had torn down house to move across open water to safer ground ...
Hands that had mended net and tilled a garden ...
Hands that had tended children and patted dogs.
Hands that used to wave toward Cape Lookout - “O’er yonder ...” he would say,
Home.”
Hands that woluld clap with joy in church when they’d “sing one of them old songs.”

I remember a man ...
      with a mind that could encompass engineering skills and theories without names;
A mind, though never formally educated, but self-taught and life-experienced ...
A mind that pondered politics, and world religion, and marine biology ...
A mind that understood the tides, the schooling of fish, the breeding habits of whales and birds.
A mind that loved to read ... about people and places never seen,
A mind that would keep him young for almost 100 years.

I remember a man ...
      With a lifespan that crossed two centuries, born in one and died in another,
but a part of both.
A life that “mattered” ... that GAVE far more than it TOOK, that gave the wordl an inspiration to work hard and care about others;
A life that would watch the world change around it, and yet stand strong in the basic priciples instilled in its beginning.
A life that would never be forgotten.

I remember a man ...
      A man named Stacy Guthrie ... “Uncle Stacy” to me.
      Happy Birthday Uncle Stacy - born Christmas Day on Shackleford Banks.

From "Our Shared Past" prepared for the Diamond City & Ca'e Bankers Reunion, August 1999 as a collection of writings, research and recollections to tell the story of the Banks communities.
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