This page is dedicated to honoring the lives of our members who’ve made it to Heaven before any of us. Any stories or cherished memories of these members are most welcome to be shared here with the rest of our members.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.Psalm 116:15 King James Version (KJV)
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.Revelation 21:4 King James Version (KJV)
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:51-57 King James Version (KJV)
Few were sharper. He didn’t start many conversations, but he always engaged. His zest for the Word of God was great. A smaller number of people came to Bible study for the last year of Riverwalk…except for him. His attendance was continual and faithful…he couldn’t get enough.
There is no doubt in my mind that he is staring into the face of Jesus while you are reading this…I also believe that he has enjoyed his time of catching up with Pastor Steve.
I must’ve heard his testimony a hundred times, but I never tired of hearing it because each time he added a detail that previously hadn’t been told. He spoke of his early days going in the military (He was a radio operator). He told of his marriage and his children. He defined his family into two camps: the ones who knew God and the others who he was praying for to come to know Him.
He came to Haltom City from New Orleans due to hurricane Katrina and quickly formed a friendship with a guy who took him to his church week end and week out. One Sunday his friend was sick with the flu and couldn’t pick him up. The decision was made to come to Riverwalk for the first time. This is where he heard this Jewish man preaching the Bible in a way that he had never heard before…for the first time in his life, God’s word became real to him….and the rest is history…he greatly loved Pastor Steve.
He always sat in the back, even in an empty class room. Whether it was a small room or the main sanctuary in the church he would sit or stand in the back of the room. Sometimes you would find him up in the balcony, but no matter where you would find him, he would be
engaged in the words that were being spoken from the pulpit.
This is a man who had a servant’s heart. Many would come to know him as a greeter or someone who took charge in ushering. Some will remember his organizing the taking of the Lord’s Supper. Either way, he was always there at Riverwalk.
The ever-incessant note taker:
I would often find just the two of us in the youth room on Thursday nights. These were the days of some deep dives into the Word of God. While I was speaking, he would wave me over to make a point. Indexing to dates and subjects in his spiral notebook, he would show me his scrawls of notes that he took several years prior when we were covering the same subject. Ill never forget once that he showed up to class with several spirals of notes that he had taken through the years…they were the notes that he had taken from the sermons of Pastor Steve Solomon (I wish that I had those).
Taylor Wilson, you were a great runner of the race. WE WILL MEET AGAIN but until that time you will be greatly missed here on earth…it has been a pleasure to know you, Sir!
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.