I was so pleased this evening when I was checking my emails to see the obituary for Lonnie Samuel Wall. Lonnie is our brother-in-law. He was married to Frank's oldest sister, Nan. He was one precious man. He lived his life for God. He and Nan have been pretty much confined for the last few years in their lovely home in Burlington. They studied the scriptures together and Nan read to him from the Word when he began to have difficulty seeing well enough to read. His favorite minister in all the world was Padgett Robinson. He heard him preach when he attended Holmes Bible College. He never forgot him and kept an old Advocate with Rev. Robinson's picture on the front and information about him inside. He told many people how impressed he was with "his favorite preacher."
Lonnie was an humble, soft spoken, unpretentious man; he loved every one he met, especially children; he never spoke harsh words to anyone, was very forgiving and always complimentary. He could show you by his life how God wants us to live our lives. He never told you, he just lived the Word. Next to his love for God, he cherished his family-Nan, Sherrie Sonya and Leigh as well as his extended Wall and Shehpherd families. We were all so blessed to have known a man of this caliber.
He and Nan have three living adult children who have sacrificially taken care of their parents for months, day and night. They have spent many nights in their home and in Duke University hospital. They were true advocates for their ailing parents. Someone(nurse or doctor) penned a note on their father's chart--"very impressive family; very involved in their parents care." Enough could not be said about the way Sherrie, Sonya and Leigh have taken care of their parents.
Again, thank you for publishing Lonnie's obituary. He had told us as well as others that he was ready to go to his real home. The suffering and pain had become too much. Monday evening about 8:00, his wishes came true. He was ready to see Jesus and knew that he would meet his family again in Heaven.
Thank you so much for being the avenue that others who knew Lonnie could know about his homegoing.