An Update

I think I said before that if you don’t hear from us, that’s a good thing because all is well and we are busy having fun but that is not the case this time.

Most of you who read our blog already know that our younger son, Grady, died in March. He was only 32 years old. We have been surrounded by the love, care and prayers of friends and family. I have heard it said, when someone loses a child that having a second one never takes the place of the one who is gone. That is certainly true but it has been a blessing beyond belief to have our older son, Charlie and his precious wife, Kathleen, at our side, not to mention our six-year-old grandson, Ryland. Whenever it gets gloomy around here, we focus on them and thank God for them. We had Grady’s remains cremated and his service (it’s still hard for me to say funeral) was held at our church here in Fairhope, St. James Episcopal Church. We initially said no to a service, then said it would be family only and finally decided a regular service might help us and, sure enough, it did. It was comforting to plan the service with our pastor, Don Smith (another blessing to us) and have our former pastor from Jackson, MS, Chuck Poole,come to be with us and deliver the homily. Chuck really knew Grady and beautifully summed up Grady’s short life. Grady’s ashes have now been placed in our church columbarium, right next to the space reserved for Gorman and me. Charlie and Kathleen have a portion of the ashes and will go to Colorado to scatter them on the Rocky Mountains since Grady loved those mountains and moved there so he could mountain-bike and hike.

Throughout all this, Gorman and I give all the praise and glory to our Lord God, who has walked with us every step of the way, has covered us with His peace, that peace that surpasses all understanding and has given us the strength for each day.

And now we come to Gorman’s next MRI. So much has happened in the past three months that it’s hard to believe that it’s time for the next one which will be next Monday, June 1, at UAB in Birmingham. It has been three years and four months since his diagnosis. All his doctors are amazed. We hope we get another three months. As always we thank you all for your prayers. We feel those prayers and they keep us going.

Posted on May 29, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Mel and Tommy

    Beverly and Gorman~ Tom and I keep you in our prayers and we think about you so often with love. This has surely been a difficult 3 months for you and God Bless Charlie, Kathleen and Ryland for being with you during this sad time and bringing you smiles and joy!!! Prayers for the MRI but I have FAITH that it will be just fine!!! We love ya’ll ~ Mel and Tommy

  2. Jimmy & Karen

    SO good to hear from you!! Hope you have been comforted by our prayers for strength especially these last few months! A line from a hymn n church this morning reaffirms our “blessed assurance”–“The God of Angel Armies is always by my side.” Remembering this does give that peace! We are praying for another clear MRI tomorrow!! Love, Karen & Jimmy

  3. Lifting you up in prayers for clear MRI. You are in our thoughts and prayers always!! Love y’all….Cheryl and Jerry

  4. Johnny Kinard

    Hey Good Friends,

    Good to hear from you again but so sad to hear about Grady passing away. Sure wish I had known before now, I would have tried to get down there to be with ya’ll. I realize you are getting another MRI today in Birmingham and naturally hope the results are positive yet again. I will look forward to your email report and will be ready to have a glass of wine to celebrate the good news. You two are remarkable and end up lifting all of our spirits by being so brave the past 3 years. Continued good health–our prayers are with you.


    John M. Kinard Dogan & Wilkinson, PLLC P. O. Box 1618 Pascagoula, MS 39568 Telephone: 228-762-2272 Fax: 228-762-8246 Email:


  5. Sally Breitung

    Blessings and prayers for you both. God will see you through the rough times. May peace find its way into your hearts and know that there are lots of people praying for you.

  6. So sorry about the sadness that entered your lives. It is inspiring how you are leaning on God through all of your trials. We know the Bible tells us that God will always be with us, but you are truly living in His strength. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

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