First, my father-in-law passed away last Saturday.
He had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer just three weeks before. It was hard to see a man so full of life be so helpless in his final days.
Paul Tesseneer was more than willing to help anyone he could, and that was evident by the outpouring of love shown at Tuesday’s funeral service.
Paul was a longtime member of Cordova Masonic Lodge 559, and more than 100 lodge members were at the funeral to pay their last respects and show their love for Paul and his family.
There were also countless numbers of friends and family members there to say goodbye to someone we all loved dearly.
Perhaps no one was more helpful in Paul’s final days than our pastor, Bro. Bill Martin from New Canaan Baptist Church in Jasper.
Bro. Bill genuinely has a deep love for our family and was there when we needed him most. For that, we all thank him.
It was hard to say goodbye to Paul, who was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to so many.
We take comfort in knowing that he was so loved, and that his faith helped not only him but also his family members get through this tough time.
We will miss him, but we know he’s in a far better place and watching down on us right now.
This week, we also learned that a very special young man is facing a battle that no one his age should have to endure.
Lane Clark, the son of Jasper Fire Chief David Clark and his wife Sherry, was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia and began chemotherapy treatments Thursday — his 14th birthday.
Lane is an 8th grader at Maddox Middle School in Jasper and the outpouring of love and support from his classmates has been amazing. There’s also been a Facebook page started — Team Lane Clark — that is being filled with words of encouragement and love and prayers for Lane.
My family is praying for this special young man, as well as for David and Sherry and Lane’s brother Luke and sister Lindsey, and I hope that each one of you will, too.
On Saturday, a reunion will be held at Blackwater Park just outside Jasper for anyone who attended Walker Junior College, now known as Bevill State Community College.
Organizers of the event planned the reunion to honor those who had attended the college from 1956 until 1966, as well as the faculty and staff, but also said anyone who attended the college or just had a love for the school was more than welcome to attend.
As someone who attended Walker College and loved my time there, I would love to be able to go but have other obligations Saturday that must come first. Still, I would encourage anyone who went to Walker College to head out to Blackwater Park Saturday morning.
The reunion is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Ron Harris is the managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.