Sunday, September 22, 2013

More Sad News, And A Tribute

September 22, 2013

Got to church this mornin', and got some awful news. One of our oldest members had passed away last night. It was wonderful because he went quickly and is now with the Lord, but we was so loved in our church, and he will be greatly missed.

L.H. was what we called him, and he led an extraordinary life. He was 86 and a half, and he had been a paratrooper in the  military, a rodeo champion, champion cuttin' horse trainer and cattle dog trainer, and I understand at one point he even had a gold mine. His was a rags to riches to rags to riches tale from start to finish. But most of all, he loved Jesus, and you couldn't be in his presence for more than five minutes without knowin' that.

L.H. left an amazin' wife, Jody. She was a couple of decades younger than L.H., yet she loved him dearly. You saw it in every look and gesture that passed between them. They had only been married a few years, but she said she was glad to have him for as long as she did. She herself is a remarkable lady, a horsewoman of great skill, dog trainer in her own, right, and a medical researcher in the field of reproductive medicine. She had just retired for the SECOND time Friday afternoon, and L.H. passed Saturday night.

L.H. and I only butted heads once in the two years I knew him, and I was pretty sore for a bit, but you just couldn't stay mad at him for long. Once, when we hadn't been able to go and pick up new hay bales for two of our horses for a few days (we weren't in that big of a hurry--they had plenty of grass at the time), L.H. came drivin' down our road with a big round bale on his tractor for our horses. He just dumped it in the corral, and then took off without a word. He was always doin' nice things for folks like that. He was generous and givin' to all who needed it, and even to some of us who didn't need it, just becuse he felt that givin' was the right thing to do at the time.

I ask that ya'll would keep his family, and especially his wife in your prayers as they go through this time of mournin' their loss and yet rejoicin' in L.H.'s goin' home to be with The One in whom his soul trusted.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett

1 comment:

  1. Hello, Evelyn!

    I'm sorry to hear about your church's loss; those elders are such valuable members, though they may be a little crusty on top! I'll keep his family in my prayers.