Phyllis told me that the doctor called her and her family to come to Landmark Hospital in Athens where he was recovering. The doctor knew that he was dying. So, Phyllis, Bert, and Jim drove to Athens to be there with Vernon in his dying hours. Other members of the family came including most of the grand children. Each one told Vernon how much they loved him. Vernon died in peace with his family present.
Phyllis related how rational Vernon was, and that mental status evaluation was confirmed by his physician. Vernon was raising his hands toward heaven and saying, "I want to go to Heaven, Now! I am ready to go." Vernon's father, the late Bishop Joseph Alexander Synan, Sr., former General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, was noted for his ability to preach on heaven, and I am sure Vernon read about it in the Bible many times. Heaven is where we all want to go. However, not many of us want to go today.
In recent years I have had opportunity to talk with Vernon on numerous occasions and we both share common values as men of faith. We are both believers in the fully saved experience of the believer in Christ Jesus, the sanctified life of holiness, and the Pentectostal experience of the Baptism with or in the Holy Spirit. We both love the great hymns of the church, and appreciate some of the contemporary Christian music that is Biblical with sound theology, and that the words rhyme.
I will greatly miss Vernon. You know Vernon is a twin brother of Dr. Vinson Synan. Both of them grew up in Memphis during their high school days.