January 17th, 2006

Stained Glass - Ascension

Patsy Freeman

I'm headed to a funeral this afternoon.

From the local paper:

GREENSBORO -- Patsy Coble Freeman, 71, of Tower Road, died Saturday, January 14, 2006 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2006, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.

She was born on June 7, 1934 in Greensboro to Herbert Lacy Coble and Doris Andrews Coble. She was a graduate of U.N.C.G. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, a former Sunday School Teacher and Bible Mentor to many children.

She was a volunteer at Wesley Long and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospitals. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Joseph F. Freeman III, sister Harriet C. Douglas, and brother Kenneth M. Coble.

Patsy is survived by son Jonathan Andrew Freeman and wife Channing, and grandchildren Alex and Reagan all of Woodlands Texas; sisters Jean C. DeSanto and Lacy C. Starr of Greensboro; brother H. Vernon Coble of High Point; and stepsister Lea Jane Beranite of Tennessee. Special Caregivers niece Kim Douglas and her fiance David Soderquist have been at home with Patsy. Patsy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and adopted sons Dr. Young Chu Chung of Korea and Greensboro, and Joshua Toomer of Largo Fla.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the parlor at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to either the Ernestine L. Penry Scholarship Foundation or Camp Guilrock, the United Methodist Camp in care of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2600 Pisgah Church Rd., Greensboro NC 27455.

Forbis & Dick N. Elm is assisting the family.
Patsy was really cool -- she used to be a member of the Sunday School class I teach, before I started teaching. She had to drop out of the class because in recent years her health prevented her from walking down the hallway to the classroom, so she started going to the contemporary service instead. But every now and then, she'd walk down before class started and give me a big ol' hug. Occasionally, she'd give me a charity-related tie and probably had more fun watching me unwrap the package than I had unwrapping it. She was always full of joy and wore an impish smile.

In her honor, I'm wearing the "Save The Children" tie that she gave me for Christmas a few years ago.

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin

Were Ben Franklin alive, today he would turn 300. I share with you one of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes:
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper.
So raise a glass today in honor of the man who invented the medical catheter and bifocals, among many other things. Pay for your beer with a $100 bill and spread the Benjamins.