A week ago today, my wife and I received the call that no pastor ever wants to get. We were asked to come to the home of some close friends, and church members, as they begin the most difficult journey of their lives.
The Whitmire’s had to to hear the news, that their 20 year old son, was killed in action while serving our country in Afghanistan. Our first prayer that night came from Philippians 4:7, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. God’s Word was declared over the family, and with my own eyes, I’ve watched that Word come to life. This family has been a constant example of grace. They have a foundation that is built upon The Rock, Christ Jesus, and they’re still standing even during this storm. I don’t know how anyone could go through something like this, without a relationship with God.
“Operation Enduring Freedom”, is the official name given by the U.S. Government for the war in Afghanistan. I’m thankful for every soldier that serves, so that our great Country can continue to be free.
Justin was more than just a church member to me, he was one of my boys. I was honored to be his youth pastor for several years, and for the last 5 years, serve as his senior pastor. He spent a lot of time in my home, and will forever hold a special place in my heart.
I ask you to lift this family, our church, and community, up in prayer this weekend, as we give honor to Justin’s memory.
Below is the obituary from our local paper, The Greenville News.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Simpsonville First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Terry Rogers and Pastor Stephen Morton. Burial, with Full Military Honors, will be in Cannon Memorial Park. A funeral escort will be provided by the Patriot Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Renewed Outreach Center Building Fund, 505 S. Main Street, Mauldin, SC 29662.
Fletcher Funeral Service