Death of My FIL

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  1. Tom Butler

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    Shortly after midnight Sunday, the Lord took my father-in-law, Rev. William O. (Bill) Gamblin. He was 90.

    Bill spent much of his life pastoring small churches out West, in pioneer missions. He served churches in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona and Texas, as well as in Ohio and finally Western Kentucky. In many cases, his was the only Baptist church in a small town; and often too small to support him, so he was bi-vocational

    When he attended Association meetings, it was often a 300-mile round trip to Association headquarters.

    He was the first non-Mormon ever elected to the city council in the small Utah town where he served.

    I admired my father-in-law very much. I will miss him.

    Funeral arrangements incomplete in Paducah, Kentucky.

    One tender story: About eleven Saturday night at our home, Bill's condition worsened and he became basically non-responsive. Janice (my wife, his daughter), sat down on the bed, took him in her arms, and began to softly sing,
    "What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.
    And I look upon his face, the One who saved me by His grace.
    When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the promised land.
    What a day, glorious day that will be."

    A few minutes later, Janice called me from the next room.

    "Tom, he's gone."

    Bill had received the ultimate healing.
     
  2. Scarlett O.

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    I'm terribly sorry. You and your wife have my sympathies. :praying:
     
  3. Tom Butler

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    Thank you, Scarlett. Janice is finding that His grace is sufficient.
     
  4. jilphn1022

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    May God's grace comfort you both at this time!
    What a wonderful dad Janice had and she will cherish in her heart that precious moment
    when she sang to her dad as he enters Heaven.
    So sad, but great rejoicing that she will see him again!:praying:
     
  5. Tom Butler

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    Those who know about such things say that the hearing is the last thing to go. So it is entirely possible that the last thing he heard was Janice's singing "when he takes me by the hand and leads me through the promised land, what a day that will be." And the first thing he heard after that was the voice of the Lord saying, "welcome home."

    We'll know for sure by and by.
     
  6. kyredneck

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    Sorry to hear about his passing Tom, but he was a Saint, that makes it so much easier for everyone. It sounds as if he lived the life like many PB preachers do, bi-voc and small flocks.
     
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    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all during this time.
     
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    Sorry about your loss, but grateful that he had peace!
     
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    My belated condolances Tom
     

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