By: Steve Lowe, Executive Director

My sweet dad passed to be with the Lord this morning. I have so many great memories. Although his name was never in the spotlight, he was a truly great man. I’m thankful to God for such a great example of a father. In memory of him, let me share a few key things he taught me. The last one is the greatest.

Competing – For my friends who I play sports with, they know I always “go hard.” I have a strong desire to win. Some friends even say I’m such a nice person otherwise, but when I’m between the lines, it is all business (Kristy Coleman). That comes from my dad. He never let me win at anything. It was earned. It has served me well in life. Thanks, dad!!!

Hard work – Proverbs 14:23 – “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” – My dad always worked hard and provided for us. He also expected things to be done right. I can still hear him saying, “Son, anything worth doing, is worth doing right” I still carry that with me. Thank you, dad.

Fair Treatment / Generosity – My dad was gifted at many things and had a lot of practical skills. So many times, I remember him going to fix things for someone, particularly older ladies, and he would refuse to take money. He simply did it out of the kindness of his heart. We certainly didn’t have lots of money; as a matter of fact, I’m sure it was a real struggle to make ends meet sometimes, but he was always generous and treated people fairly. Thanks, Dad, for teaching me that.

Giving Father – Matt. 7:7-11 – My dad always gave to his kids. Most of the time, it wasn’t money, but there were times of that as well. As I mentioned in the previous point, my dad had a lot of practical skills. That is not so much true for me. I needed help with lots of things. I really can’t ever remember a time that my dad said no. He was always willing to help. Thanks for modeling that for me, dad, and teaching me how giving my Heavenly Father is.

Love – 1 Cor. 13:13 – “… the greatest of these is love” – I never doubted my father’s love for me. He told and showed me often, along with Kim and Mark. My dad kissed us every night before we went to bed and told us he loved us. Even as adults, we never left his presence, and he ours without kissing and saying we loved one another. What a legacy and gift. He was a real man who knew how to love. I can’t thank you enough for this gift dad because it pointed me to a loving Heavenly Father who loves me more.

There is so much more I could say. I’m blessed to call you Father. I look forward to seeing you again when we are both united with Christ. I live in the assurance of faith that you are now more ALIVE than you’ve ever been. 2 Cor. 5:1-8

Coy Arvil Lowe’s Obituary may be viewed Here