Today is a different kind of thanksgiving for my family. Today, I will be attending the funeral service of my uncle Jonny who passed away last week. Jonny’s life story is one of true regeneration, one whose life was made new by the redeeming work of Christ. The following is his obituary posted in the Dallas Morning News:
Pylant, Jonathan Virgil Nickname Jonny, age 53, a resident of Carrollton, was called home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a sudden and peaceful death on Friday, November 13, 2009 in Jonestown, Tx. An extraordinary man, loving husband, father, and grandfather. Born May 31, 1956 in Midland, Tx to Thurman and Laura Pylant. On Febuary 22, 1983, he was united in marriage to Connie Ren Simpson. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents and brother, David Pylant. He Leaves his wife of 26 years, Connie Pylant, two brothers; Topper Pylant and Joe Pylant, four sons; P.R. Pylant, Jonah Pylant, Isaac Pylant, and Jonathan Pylant, three daughters; Roxanne Turner, Rikki Fontenot, and Emily Pylant including their spouses; 13 grandchildren and other loving relatives and friends. He was employed with AT&T for 10 years and was currently working as a Global Account Director. He attended Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church in Carrollton, Tx. Jonny’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. He was a true man of God and touched many lives. He truly left a legacy and will be missed. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, Texas. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, Tx. 512-259-1610.
Today we give thanks for the redeeming grace of Christ. Today we give thanks for the hope of eternity. And today we give thanks that the Spirit of God comforts our souls as we walk through the valley of shadows.