The gateway to a finer worldThat some day we shall see.
Note: This poem is written in my mothershand on the last page of a Bible I found whilecleaning out my fathers library in 1997.The Bible is inscribed as follows:To Ruby Lee Perry: For the best composition on the Life ofPaul. From your Leader …. W. L Watkins There is no date, but it must have been given to her in Park Street Baptist Church in ColumbiaS.C., around 1921 when she was a teenager. It is one of only two writings I have in mymothers hand. My mother did not live her "seventy years". She died at age 33 on ChristmasDay, 1941, when I was seven. Two younger siblings died in their early years and her sister,Margaret Perry, died at age 21. Perhaps that is why this poem meant a lot to her. Until mychildren were born, I was the only surviving member of the Perry family. My father, James P.Wesberry died exactly 51 years after my mother, on Christmas Day 1992. I look forward to the"gateway to a finer world"…James P. Wesberry, Jr .