Keep Smilin' Bob smilin'!

When we began this fundraiser, we were trying to get Bob back on stage playing. 

Your support meant the world for him, and gave him comfort and security in his last few months

You all should be proud because you did a very good thing.

I promised him that I would carry on his work and try to inspire others, especially the young, and ignite interest and curiosity in the legacy of Delta Blues and heritage music.

He and I used to like doing the “blues in the schools” program when we could and I told him that I would start a program like that for him.

he said he would like that.

We will start a new gofundme for that project so don’t donate here for it.

I just wanted to let everyone know that donations not yet spent on his care will go to his legacy and his children.

id also like to post some words.

i am not capable of expressing how much bob means to me, how much of who I have become he is responsible for, and how much he has shaped my future.

he gave so much to me, but then he gave to everyone he met, even complete strangers.

Bob was magical for countless reasons, but one that will stick with so many was his ability to see the good and potential in everyone. He could draw it out. You could be doubting yourself in the most profound way, then he would say something that just dispelled it, made it seem like only a nightmare that fades out of reality, as if another person thought those thoughts, not you. Suddenly you stop focusing on your weaknesses and focus instead on your strengths and what he sees in you. 

He makes you feel worthy somehow. If he believes in you, you can sense it, and if he believes in you there is probably good reason. He’s been around long enough to know.

I just hope we can all honor his belief in us, his hope for the best of humanity in the face of despair. I hope that we can honor him by loving our fellow man as he did, by protecting the weak, by putting aside philosophical differences and making friends of our enemies. He could fight with you like there was no tomorrow but no matter how bitter the dispute he would do anything for you.

in the process of trying to live as he did, we will all become bigger.

we need to because he leaves so much space to fill.

fill it with love, kindness, abandon pettiness, and think of him wherever there is an opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty for another. 

i know it would make him proud.

- rachel


Rachel Ammons
Barling, AR

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