Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Last night we were shaken by the sudden death of our sweet Grandpa Bobby while in the care of a nursing facility in Fort Myers. Mom and Dad came just at the same time as they tried to resusitate him from respitory distress brought on by COPD and a paralysed lung suffered from his stroke in December. We are all sad but know exactly where he is right now, in the arms of Jesus and among his family and friends who have gone before him. He is no longer suffering the affects of the stroke but has an eternal life of no more tears as Rev. 21 says. Christ has wiped away every tear from his eyes and he is truly alive in the presence of our Great and Mighty King. Grandpa Bobby lived 77 years, had two children Donna Lorraine Williams Patterson and Daniel Scott Williams, both of whom loved him and cared for him in these last years of his life. Uncle Dan is having his first child this Friday and we are saddened that Grandpa wasn't able to make it till little Joey Scott's birth, but we know he has seen him and the one who has made him and we pray for Uncle Dan and Aunt Missi's comfort this week. Grandpa has 3 grandchildren, John Scott Patterson, Bria Lorraine Patterson Bare, and as of Friday newborn Joseph Scott Williams. He has 5 grandchildren, John Robert, Hannah Mae and Sarah Katherine Patterson, Wyatt Matthew Bare and due April 6th a newborn great-grandson. Each of us loved our sweet Grandpa Bobby who had a meek and mild spirit that we all admired. He served his country in the US Army while stationed at Fort Hood for 4 years in his early years. He was married to our Grandma Delores Ruth Williams who had gone ahead to eternity in August 1999. He was one of 11 children most of which lived or lives in Tennessee. Grandpa loved to play pool as well as was his daughter Donna's prayer partner for the last few years.
Grandpa Bobby loved Jesus, his family and enjoyed watching all of us during family gatherings. We are proud to have had him as our Grandpa and Great-Grandpa and know that some day we will see him again in heaven. We love you and will miss you always Grandpa Bobby.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What a privilege it was to watch Joe being ordain as a deacon at our church, First Baptist Church of Naples. We were blessed by the prayers and fellowship that made it an evening to remember. Joe's testimony was so precious to hear as he gave the Lord all glory and praise for what He has done in Joe's life. We can not believe all that God has done in our lives and where He has brought us. As Joe begins his service to the deacon ministry and congregation, I am humbled by God's faithfulness to restore "that which the locusts have eaten" and see such a wonderful work in Joe's life as he serves his God, family and church with joy and commitment.