Never Alone


Bill Jones was called home to heaven last Friday. His transition was unexpected and a little shocking to friends and family. This photo was taken as he acted in one of our church’s Christmas performances. Although Bill wasn’t a smoker, this seems to capture something of his actual demeanor – friendly and laid back, but always in charge. And, always just a little swagger in his step and a wry smile on his face.

We would often meet in the morning for a cup of small-talk at Starbucks. He was filled with fascinating stories of his family’s history, extraordinary reads on world events and politics, and many adoring words about his grandkids who, apparently, hung the moon and stars in Bill’s world.

I will always remember his quick smile and confident manner. Distrustful of authority, he was very open and assertive concerning his perspectives. I think that, maybe, he liked me because I didn’t seem much like an authoritarian leader, but more like the listening ear of a friend. It felt good to be accepted into his circle.

Bill leaves behind a godly, gracious wife who is a role model for young women everywhere. Betty’s maturity in Christ is shining like never before. Betty says her mom was a Saint, and I’m sure that’s true. May I be among the first to say that Betty Jones is a Saint, too. Let’s pray daily for Betty and family.

We will miss you Bill. When God made you he broke the mold. A one-of-a-kind, fun-loving, intelligent, articulate, well-meaning trouble maker. Can’t wait to see you when we all get to Heaven. So glad your life was entrusted to the strong grip of Jesus’ grace.

All my love,

2 thoughts on “Never Alone”

  1. So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Last time we saw him was in a play at your church. May the Lord richly bless Betty, and the rest of the Jones family. Love Doug & Linda


  2. I would extend my hand to shake Bill’s he would say to me “we are Baltist and we hug each other.” Miss you Bill


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