Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Columns

January 4, 2010

SWEETTALK

Thinking of three friends who are in a better place

There is an old southern superstition that suggests that when one dies, two more will follow.

My Granny believed in this implicitly, to the point when the second person died, she started wondering if she would be number three. To tell the truth, I felt that I really didn’t believe the superstition, but nevertheless I always waited for others to follow when there was one death in my family, church or neighborhood.

Whether you care to believe it or not, the result has more often than not proved the superstition. It recently happened again. The week before Christmas, two very precious members of Victory Baptist Church passed from this life to the next, and are now in the presence of the Lord. Then, on Christmas Day another loved one followed, again “proving” the saying.

An old Christian soldier, J.E. Whizenant, died at the age of 91 after having spent much of the past year in a nursing home in Granbury. “Brother Whiz” had become a Christian while watching a young soldier die reciting the 23rd Psalm. He proved himself a faithful warrior, both in the World War II European theater and in service to his Lord, being honored by both with medals and commendations.

During his ministry, Bro. Whiz started more than 100 churches and served as pastor in those and in many others all over the country. He was known and loved for his faithfulness, his hearty “amen” of approval for the words other preachers were professing and stayed true to both his Lord and his sweet wife of many, many years. “Mama” passed away several years ago, and he had begun at that time to look forward to joining her in their heavenly home. He did just that on Friday before Christmas.

Barbara Ticzkus, just 62 years old, followed him quickly. She was the mother of two, Matthew and Patti, both involved in Victory Baptist Academy. He is the administrator and she the curriculum director of that new work at our church. Barbara was a fan of the Hawaiian islands. She considered them a gift from God because of their great beauty in which He revealed Himself. After years of visiting, a few years ago they purchased a home there. After the children both were in Texas, the home was sold and they came to Texas to live. Last spring, Barbara and Jeff paid their last visit to the islands. She returned ill from that trip and went immediately to hospital care, where she was found to have multiple cancers. Only a few months later, she succumbed to the ravages of that menace, and was ushered into good health, eternal life and a home beyond Hawaii, to glory in forever. I can hear her laughing now and enjoying herself!

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Weather Underground Radar
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Must Read
Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide