David Syner, Karri and Joe Stokely, Robert Scott Bell
How lucky was I to meet and befriend Karri Stokely. When I learned on Thursday, April 28, 2011, of Karri's passing two days before, the only image that came into my head wasn't sadness at first, but that HUGE warm smile that always greeted you no matter the date, the time or the subject
I remember meeting her for the first time in Jacksonville, Florida, at a screening of "House of Numbers." This wave of a presence came at me. Not in an aggressive manner but an inviting one. I didn't always see eye-to-eye on all the issues Karri was passionate about, which actually strengthened that first meeting. We "agreed to disagree."
I got to spend a bit more time with her in Palm Beach, as our friendship became more casual in nature, at another screening. It was a privilege to witness the devotion and caring she shared with her partner and husband, Joe.
My heartfelt thoughts go to out to Joe and their family.
How has this affected me? Shock, sadness, despair, fear, suspicious,
robbed, angry, outraged, collective, reflective, triumphant!I am an overcomer!
I will tell my story.
I will not go quietly.
To celebrate her life, a memorial service will be held on
Saturday May 7 at 10:00am at: Calvary Chapel Lakeland
1041 N Davis Ave
Lakeland, FL 33805