To Nokie's Family, Fan Family and Friends...
Nokie's passing has
been a great loss around the world. He is mourned by us all. My heart has broken
to the point I don't think anything can put it back together
again. The doctors and nurses at Yuma Regional Hospital worked
very hard to get Nokie back to good health so I could bring him
home. The infections and other health issues overtook his body.
His immune system was just not strong enough any longer.
I am comforted by
knowing Nokie is standing and walking by God's side, he is no
longer in pain. Nokie is playing in Heaven's big band now with all
his pickin' family and friends (so many to mention) that went
Before his passing,
we talked about doing a final tour for him, just one more time. He
asked me if I thought he could make it to go out and play, even if
it was only one or two songs with his HitchHiker band. He said
they could do the rest and he would shake hands and sign
autographs for the fan family. Of course I said... If you are up
for it, I will do anything to help.
The day after
Nokie's passing early in the morning, I sat straight up in bed, I
knew he was there with me. Getting up around 4 AM, my sister
getting up shortly after me, I told her I know what I have to
Celebration of Life Memorial Tour...
This is what Nokie wants. A way for the family, fan family and
friends to say, "I'll see you later." His music will
live on in all of us. His legacy will live on in history forever.
My man was one soft
touch on the guitar and a great joke and story teller, plus you
can add magician... The Japanese people would say, "Nokie
Thank you all for
the condolence cards, emails, the flowers and all the prayers.