Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ryan's Tribute

Even though Wednesday was a sad day for saying good-bye to Roy, it was joyful too for celebrating a wonderful life and for all his friends and relatives to gather and share memories and just enjoy seeing the ones that we haven't seen in years.  Everyone agreed that there was nothing that he wouldn't approve of on that day.

Roy's former pastor spoke at his funeral and asked beforehand for things that we remembered or made us think of Roy.  He was such a personality and such an interesting person that there were a lot of stories and memories that Dr. Cushing used.

Unfortunately, Ryan was not able to get to the funeral, and his email did not get through in time to be used, but it expresses all our thoughts so clearly I thought I would include this for the ones who missed it.

From Emily:

Ryan and I talk about Granddaddy and Grandmama a lot, and they are our major role models. It means everything to me that Ryan knew them and loved them, and that he can remember them with me. And together we can tell our children about them.

From Ryan: 

Roy was tenderhearted, selfless, optimistic, and invariably cheerful.

He was always attentive and interested in the conversation, no matter how silly or insignificant, and he always, always had something to add.

He was sharp as a tack, full of wisdom, insight, and unique experience, all of which he shared freely and often.

Roy was hospitable and welcoming both into his home and into his family, and it became immediately clear that he cherished family above all else.  This value of family seemed to be the motivation for everything he did and it was infectious. 

By simply being around him, he passed along his cheer and his high regard for family to the rest of the Windhams, the Rays, the Wiggins, the Binderts and beyond.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 1 Peter 3:8

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