February 19, 2011

Seasons

"For everything there is a season...
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

I know you are all praying for Garren, and for us. I just wanted to share some other news in our family. Yesterday morning my granddad went to be with Jesus.

"JB Janes, age 93, longtime resident of Memphis, TN, went to be with his Savior on Feb. 18, 2011. He was born August 24, 1917 and is survived by his wife, Earline Janes; sister, Jewel Thomas; brother, Floyd Janes; daughter, Sue Patterson and husband, Mel; son, Gary Janes and wife, Judy. He was known as “Pepa” to his 6 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. His actions reflected his deep belief in Jesus Christ. He served as deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and supported his church and the missions outreaches at Central Baptist and Willow Park Baptist churches in Memphis. Beginning as a farmer in North Mississippi, he moved his family to Memphis, becoming a salesman for MetLife. In his retirement years he sold vacuum cleaners, Shaklee vitamins, real estate, and worked as an examiner for the IRS. Visitation and funeral arrangements are being handled by Forest Hill East. Interment will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 5470 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Memphis TN 38134 and Glad Tidings, PO Box 18824, Charlotte, NC 28218."

While it is sad to bid him farewell, it is a joyous day for him. He is finally rid of his worn out earthly body and is rejoicing with Jesus today.

In the midst of our weeping, Pepa is finally dancing.

I'll update you on Garren later this evening.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear aobut your grandfather. We are still praying for you.
The Romaine's

wendy said...

So sorry to hear about your grandfather. I know I sure do miss my grandparents. They will always have a special place in my heart.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry for your loss. As humans, we mourn the loss of loved ones, but as believers, we celebrate because we know he is dancing with Jesus, and you will see him again one day.

Anonymous said...

It still hurts, even though we know where he is...I'm asking God to put His arms around all of you in this sad/joy moment, and in the days ahead...praying for Garren...know we love you...Sandy & Russ

Michelle Singleton said...

So sad to hear about Pepa. There is comfort in knowing that he is dancing with Jesus. You remain in our prayers... He is able!

Julie said...

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your grandad from earth to Heaven! We pray for all of you and your family in this time of loss. Joel, Julie, Kelly, and Adam Shiverdecker

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

Pastor Geoffrey, I believe I told you in the hospital how taken I was by the beautiful family you have- beautiful in their love for the Lord. After meeting your parents and grandparents and seeing their love for Jesus, I have no doubt that your entire family shares in your joy of knowing your grandfather is happy in his home with Christ. It's amazing how the seasons continue, many overlapping each other.

Anonymous said...

It is always harder for us left behind when a loved one such as you Pepa passes away. Rejoice with the angels as he is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father. My prayer is that He holds you closely to Himself & comfort you in only the way He could. Remember & Rejoice. God is with you, Kathleen Colpaert

Anonymous said...

It is always harder for us left behind when a loved one such as you Pepa passes away. Rejoice with the angels as he is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father. My prayer is that He holds you closely to Himself & comfort you in only the way He could. Remember & Rejoice. God is with you, Kathleen Colpaert