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From the Preacher’s Pen: A Godly Man Passes – Jack Simpson

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Early Tuesday morning brother Jack Simpson passed on to his reward. Be sure to pray for Phil and Paul, and the rest of the Simpson family as they mourn Jack’s death.

Jack and his wife Vera were long time members at West Side. I’m not sure if they were original members, but if not they came on board not long after. Jack served as an elder for the congregation for a while several decades ago.

Jack was an unassuming, mild-mannered man. He and Vera were faithful in their attendance and service throughout their lives. I remember several times during men’s meetings in the 1990’s his expressed desire that all we do as a congregation be in accord with God’s authority, revealed through His word. I always appreciated his admonitions in this regard.

Jack had a hard time of it physically in the last years of his life. Those who have known him for a long time realize that he had epilepsy. That is why Vera drove the car to services and around town. Despite the malady, he never complained. After losing his beloved wife, his own health declined, and he spent the last years of his life in a nursing home. As his condition worsened, hospice was called in, but he lived much longer than his providers expected.

Jack had a strong constitution, but he is now in a better place. That frail temple that housed his soul will return to the dust from which it came, but Jack has the hope of a faithful child of God. We rejoice with him and his family in that hope. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:15).

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