My Papaw, Ray Ramsey


I normally only post book reviews to my blog but I wanted to explain why it has been sometime since I’ve posted.

See, there was a great man in my life that I loved tremendously. I had only not seen him smile when his wife, my mamaw, was in the hospital. He always smiled and as my mamaw likes to say if there was a twinkle in his eye with that smile then you knew trouble was around the corner. He had a deep laugh and a singing voice that you could pick out of many. His singing voice was my favorite reason to go to church with them when I was little. He was a man of many talents. He drove a school bus for 50 years and loved his kids each year on that bus. He drove a dump truck for many years until a terrible accident almost took him from us in the ’80s. He worked for the ASCS office for 46 years measuring fields while running his own farm. He was a deacon in his church for 64 years. He was married to my mamaw for 69 years (April 24 would have been their 70th anniversary). He had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He loved each one of us tremendously.

At 9pm Central Standard Time on March 22 he took his final breath with family by his side and entered the gates of heaven to meet his Heavenly Father. While I am sad, I know he is where he wants to be. He never missed a day reading his Bible and learning about Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of death as he knew where he was going was better than anyplace here on earth. He told my Mamaw he would be waiting for her by the river. How can I be sad about that?

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” … ” Revelations 22:1-27

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