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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

CHARITY'S MOTHER LENORA TEMPLE PASSED AWAY

Charity's mother Lenora passed away January 09, 2008 Wednesday Evening around 7 p.m. She is with the Lord today, and our hearts are sad, and we hurt for the loss. She was surrounded with her family, her husband, Bob, her children Charity, Debbie and Rob and his wife Ileana. Also Kindra Tumbleson and Lenora's friend Lorene Waters. A special thanks to Jackie White who was the special nurse and friend in Lenora's last hours. Special thanks for Pastor Paul Gibson coming to pray with the family. The funeral will be Saturday at Victory Baptist Church. Lenora was 76 and her birthday was Jan 4.
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We had a wonderful Christmas family gathering, all the children, grandchildren were in and we had a wonderful time together. Charity, Debbie and Rob her children; Eric and Leslie, Becky, Chad (Heather) and Kyle Whisnant, and Randy Blevins, and Robbie (Amber) Temple. All the special gifts the kids and grandkids gave Lenora were special to her. She would have a smile on her face.
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Lenora was at home this whole last month, she was not on any pain medicine until the last hours of her life. Charity and Debbie and Rob were with their dad and Lenora all day Wednesday. Lenora actually walked with the help of Bob and Rob to the couch on Tuesday. The doctors had given her a month to live, and she passed away in that month time, but she was at home with her husband of fifty-five years.
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In this experiences we saw how God's grace gives strength and grace in the time of death. We saw Lenora dying before our eyes, daily she was slowly dying, but during this whole time, she was really at peace. She never complained, even though she must have been in pain with her back. She would want Bob to get her out of bed and into the Living Room couch and she would lay there to visit wiith family and friends.
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Charity and Debbie and Rob would make sure Bob and Lenora had something good to eat each evening. The kids (the old kids I might add) have taken good care of their mother in a special way since April.
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Thanks to all of you for your prayers and concern for Lenora and Bob and the whole family during this time.
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La ya
Charles and Charity Whisnant
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