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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


Lenora Faye Temple of McDermott, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2008 at home. She was born in New Boston, Ohio, on January 4, 1932, a daughter of the late Frank and Leatha Hale Lemaster.
Lenora was married to Robert (Bob) Temple on July 2, 1952 at North Moreland Church in Portsmouth Ohio by Minister Alonzo Ferguson
She was a charter member of Victory Baptist Church in West Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1968, she and her husband Bob opened La Pizzeria in West Portsmouth (later, the name was changed to Lenora’s Mex-Itali Restaurant.) She was a member of the Southern Ohio Restaurant Association and Ohio State Restaurant Association. Then in 1997, she started Union Mills Confectionery in West Portsmouth. In 2002, they sold the restaurant and retired.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Robert E. Temple, Sr. of McDermott, OH; daughter, Charity Mucha Whisnant and her husband Charles of Portsmouth; daughter, Debra Temple Blevins of McDermott, OH; and a son, Robert (Rob) E. Temple, Jr. and his wife Ileana, of Lucasville, OH; and her sister, Nelle Sonner and her husband Charles, of Chockawinity, NC; eight grandchildren, Eric Whisnant and his wife, Leslie, of Lexington, KY; Becki Whisnant Robertson of Hutchinson, KS; Randy Blevins of Pickerington, OH; Chad Whisnant of Lexington, KY; Robert (Robby) E. Temple III of McDermott, OH; Kyle Whisnant of Lexington, KY; and Graciela and Carlos Gamboa of Costa Rica; sister-in-law, Pauline Lemaster of Chillicothe, OH; and Brother-in-law, Willard McFarland of Portsmouth, OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Gladys Rosella; her first husband, Lloyd Mucha; sister, Betty Gullett and her husband, George, Brother R. T. Lemaster; and sister Mae McFarland.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday January 12, 2008, at Victory Baptist Church in West Portsmouth, OH, with Pastor Paul Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Scioto Burial Park at McDermott, OH. Friends may call at the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, OH, o n Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and at the church from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour. Condolences may be sent to http://www.rogerwdavisfuneralhome.com/


Last night the family had another time to remember Lenora Temple (Charity's mother). Tradition has a time for friends and family to gather together to have a time of remembering the loss of one we love, and paying respect to the spouse and family of the one who has died. How often we see folks we haven't seen in years, and we have to catch up with ten or twenty years of news. And often we do not recognize who our friends of twenty years are. Do we change or what? We had a chance last night to visit with old friends and new friends as well. We looked at the flowers and quilts that friends sent to express their love for Lenora and Bob.

Of course, I am looking at this from my perspective, which is what we all do. We were able to take pictures which is good, Heather is so good at taking pictures, she has this ability to take pictures while you are not even aware of her doing it. I wish I had the ability to put these picture's on this blog, but I am needing an upgrade to accomplish this feat.

I would like to thank Mrs. Davis and Scott and the staff at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home, they accomplished a beautiful and wonderful atmosphere for the family. They really have the ability to make the family feel good and comfortable. They did wonderful in preparing Lenora for viewing. They did a nice project with the picture video of Lenora's life. They accomplished a task that sometimes goes unnoticed, but they do it so well. Thanks Roger W. Davis Staff. And this was only yesterday. They have a big task today.

Following the visitation time, the family went back to the house, and Mex-i-Itali via Tim and Sherri Wheeler supplied us with all the food for the evening meal. We are so grateful for Tim and Sherri. They bought the restaurant from Bob and Lenora five years ago, and have really kept the tradition going - good food and a good place to work. And they still support missions. They are both Christians and have a love for the Lord, their church, and our family.

The family gathered with Bob at the home, and had a good time of eating, and talking about the life of Lenora. Of course as a son-in-law, I could say a few things, but that would not count.
Lenora now knows, I hope, that I am a sinner saved by God's grace alone, and I love her beautiful daughter and grandkids. { Oh, I need to get back to the original purpose of this post. Well later.} Bob told a story on Lenore, that I would like to repeat, but at this time I don't remember it. He said that now that she is in Heaven, she wouldn't get mad if he told it. I might get the other family members to write some stories about Lenora and put them on this blog later.

I also want to thank Arlington Baptist College and the Mission for sending out e-mail about Lenora. Charity and I were pleasantly surpised to receive a number of e mails from lost (time) friends. Barbara Wimm, Bonnie Winters, Barbara Wilkins, Larry Wilson, Gene and Jeanie Hutton, and Kent Bird, old friends from Seminary days. Boy, they were the days. Uh guys! You are now on my mailing list.....

It's also nice to receive condolence from former young people from our past church ministry (Connersville Ind.) And from friends in our church in Altoona. Friends while Charity I and were in Lexington Ky. And from family who were not able to come. And family who are able to come. Boy this has been nice to hear from all these wonderful friends and we hope to keep up via e mail, at least. Thank you all who have written, and updated us on what you are doing. It's great, thanks, again.

Charity and I are deeply touched and blessed at this time to have your prayers.

Part two


I will work on after the services this afternoon.

The service for Lenora Temple will be today at Victory Baptist Church, in West Portsmouth, Ohio, Pastor Paul Gibson will have the service. And I will address more following the service later this afternoon.

Charles/Charity Whisnant