Today, I want to share with you what Vice President George H. W. Bush had to say about the humor of President Ronald Reagan:
As his vice president for eight years, I learned more from Ronald Reagan than from anyone I encountered in all my years of public life. I learned kindness; we all did. I also learned courage; the nation did. Who can forget the horrible day in March 1981, he looked at the doctors in the emergency room and said, "I hope you're all Republicans." And then I learned decency; the whole world did. Days after being shot, weak from wounds, he spilled water from a sink, and entering the hospital room aides saw him on his hands and knees wiping water from the floor. He worried that his nurse would get in trouble. The Good Book says humility goes before honor, and our friend had both, and who could not cherish such a man? And perhaps as important as anything, I learned a lot about humor, a lot about laughter. And, oh, how President Reagan loved a good story. When asked, "How did your visit go with Bishop Tutu?" he replied, "So-so." It was typical. It was wonderful.
[Editor's comment: Today is Sunday. I wanted you to have the privilege and opportunity to read the eulogy or in memoriam Dr. David Hopkins wrote and spoke at the memorial service for Dr. C. Y. Melton. He had sent it to me on Saturday. I decided to publish his outstanding tribute to this noble and good man today. I will never intentional preempt or up stage a writer or speaker. I value my relationships with others and I want to put others first.
Wanda Edwards Lampley played the piano prior to the service beginning. She played "Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine" as the family was seated.
Pastor Harrison Lampley read a Scripture.
Two family members spoke--a grand daughter and his grandson. They were delightful and entertaining.
John Arthur spoke about his relationship with Dr. Melton as a student and a graduate of Emmanuel College.
Dr. David Hopkins asked Dr. Ron White to lead in prayer before his gave the eulogy.
Dr. David Hopkins led us in singing "Amazing Grace" at the close of the memorial service.
Presiding Bishop spoke briefly about Dr. Melton and what he said about praying for others we might not like to consider and embrace in our Christian walk. Dr. Melton said, "You cannot pray for anther person and hold a grudge or withhold forgiveness from them." May God help us to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us. He prayed for the family and all who had gathered as the service came to close.
The church was about 2/3rds filled. It was an excellent gathering of God's people.
Dr. David Hopkins and Dr. Mike Stewart, former presidents of Emmanuel College sat on the platform along with Bishop Doug Beacham, Dr. Ron White, president of Emmanuel College, and Mr. John Archer.
Bishop Tommy McGhee, a member of the executive council of bishops and chairman of church institutions, was present in the sanctuary. There are far too many people I could name who were present.
Bishop James D. Leggett, President of Holmes Bible College was present.