|Dale Curtis Wilkinson|
|from the Fred DuPre' collection|
Attendees were fortunate to meet Judy Wilkinson Hooten, Dale's younger sister. Judy shared many memories of their childhood and growing up in Texas, and while we called Dale "Big Dale," Judy knew Dale as "Big Brother."
|Big Dale's Blondes|
After a toast and shot of Jameson Whiskey, which Big Dale told L.C. to not let go to waste, we walked to the Brim bed on Loy Lake's north shore point, and L.C., Judy, and Richard helped spread Big Dale's ashes on his favorite waters.
Judy graciously ate lunch with us, received a text message during lunch, and said it was from Big Dale--he was treating. We don't get together as often as we used to do, but Big Dale brought us together on a gorgeous day, let us meet Judy, who shares a strong resemblance to her brother, and still gave us flies with which to land fish. I know he was smiling and laughing at us as we celebrated his life and our memories of him.
After eating with friends, Cody and I headed to Ennis' Old Ennis Lake to cast Big Dale flies and catch fish in his memory. Cody caught four Largemouth Bass and two Brim, and I caught two Largemouth Bass. Big Dale was known as Brimbum on the Texas Fishing Forum, and we did as he always reminded us "Have fun with this stuff!"