Precious in the sight of the Lord…

It was an honor to be a pall bearer at Grandpa's funeralToday was a day our a family will never forget. We carried Grandpa Brown’s casket to it’s final resting place at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens. He died early last Saturday, June 19th. But for Grandpa it is a temporary resting place. According to the promise of God, Grandpa owns the promise of the resurrection at the last day: “This is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). When we think about how much we will miss Grandpa, we are sad; but when we think about him and the bliss he is experiencing, we are full of joy.

Grandpa's wife of 30 years, Doris Brown (center)At the graveside Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens John Altizer gave a clear Gospel presentation in honor of Grandpa's wishes that John would "Tell it like it is."Robert, James, and Daniel were able to come in for a brief visit to attend the services with us. At the funeral service, John Altizer (our cousin’s  husband) told of the time when Grandpa had asked him to do his  funeral. John took the opportunity to ask him of his relationship with Christ. Grandpa affirmed his faith in Christ at that time. When Grandpa was in poor health the mention of the Lord brought him great joy and comfort.

Presenting the flag to GrandmaEsther put together picture displays of Grandpa with his family, and Donald, Robert and I were honored to be pall bearers along with our cousins. The graveside military honors were, as always, very touching. Following the ceremonies, Sabraton Baptist Church served a very nice dinner at the A military salute from the VFW Post #548church. We showed a video that Jonathan had put together of our interview with Grandpa where he told of his experiences in WW II. We thank the Lord for all the memories we have with Grandpa Brown.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

Grandpa "Bob" Brown


  1. Donald June 23, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Grandma took it so well. The Lord’s mercy and grace was evident in her life and countenance that day, as it was in Grandpa Brown while he lived. Dad’s message at the gravesite inspired all of us to be mighty in spirit. Most of all I remember the guard when he handed the folded flag to Grandma. The nation and people of the United States were expressing their gratefulness to her and their honor to Grandpa because of his decision to serve. I hope that she will keep it right beside Grandpa Staddon’s flag and view it often and remember.

  2. JaneLovesJesus June 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    I am sorry for your loss, but what a blessing to be able to celebrate his life together with loved ones. (just fyi…I think you meant to type June 19th. It says 29th)

  3. Jordin June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    May the Lord be your strength in this season of life. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
    In Christ,
    For the Hicks Family

  4. The Neely Team June 24, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    We will be praying for you all!! May you be strengthened with all might by His spirit in the inner man, and be filled with the joy and peace that passes our understanding.

  5. Jessica Clark June 24, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I’m sorry for your family’s loss. May the Lord strengthen you through this time. My family will keep your family in our prayers.

    God Bless,

  6. The Gunn Family June 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Dear Staddon Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. The knowledge that your loved one is with the Lord and the difference that makes cannot be overemphasized. We pray you’ll feel the comfort of the Lord and His presence will be a very real blessing in the coming days. (The verse you put at the end is one that has comforted me personally many times. In the Lord’s sight this is a day of rejoicing, and for your Grandpa, as well. It’s we who grieve with the loss of one so dear.) We’ll be praying for your family.
    In Christian love and sympathy,
    The Gunn Family

  7. Crystal June 25, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    Praying the Holy Spirit will comfort y’all. What a blessing to know that he is with Jesus!

  8. Aleita Kowalchuk June 25, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Praise God for the Godly Heritage your Grandfather left behind! You all are in my prayers! God bless you all!

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