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I have just stepped into the next room  / Jay's Mom (Mother)

 

Death is nothing at all
I have just stepped into the next room
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used to
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight
I am waiting for you, for an interval
Somewhere....very near....just around the corner
All is well, nothing is past, nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before....only better
Infinitely happier.... forever

        - Modified version of quote by Canon Henry Scott Holland. Author of modified version unknown. -


This ones for you  / Stephanie Lipton   Read >>
This ones for you  / Stephanie Lipton
GENTLE BOYS  by Mary Withers 

This one's for the gentle boy
Who wrestles with his pain
His easy-bruising tender heart
And ever-active brain.

He feels much more than others do
And tries real hard to hide
With laughter or bravado
The gentle boy inside.

With wit and style and artifice
His secret's kept so well.
Who dreams the brave facade you see
Conceals some private Hell?

Meanwhile the brutes live on and on
Their unexamined lives.
The low the clueless and the cruel
The sluggish idiot thrives.

To fill the world with empty talk
And greed and hate and noise
To breed carouse and make life Hell
For all the gentle boys.

Some gentle boys grow heartsick
And so tired of this charade.
They blow themselves right off the Earth
Or fight then fail then fade.

If you should love a gentle boy
There's little you can do.
If he decides his time has come
He'll leave the Earth and you.

He cannot see that if he goes
You'll never fill that space.
You'll spend your whole life searching
For that laugh those eyes that face.

How can the gentle boy not know
You love him beyond death
You'd help him any way you could
Unto your dying breath?

SOMEDAY WHEN JUSTICE REIGNS ON EARTH
WE ALL WILL GREET WITH JOY
A WORLD WHERE IT WON’T HURT SO MUCH
TO BE A GENTLE BOY
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The Dance  / Jay's Mom   Read >>
The Dance  / Jay's Mom

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance

                                       "The Dance"

                                          by Garth Brooks 

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To Jay's Loved Ones  / Bren O'Beal   Read >>
To Jay's Loved Ones  / Bren O'Beal

HE SHALL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS, AND UNDER HIS WINGS YOU SHALL TAKE REFUGE.

                                         PSALM 91:4

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Psalm 39:4-5  / Marilyn Futrell (Mom)  Read >>
Psalm 39:4-5  / Marilyn Futrell (Mom)

"Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath."

To my Baby Boy,

Our time of separation will be over one day and when we look back on it it will seem like nothing. The thought of being with you again comforts me and I can't wait to hold you again. I love and miss you so much!

Love Always,

Mom

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true thought  / John Woodfin (DAD)  Read >>
true thought  / John Woodfin (DAD)

It is said that time heals all wounds,but it doesn't. The mind only forms scar tissue over the wound which lessons the pain. Rose Kennedy

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My condolences to the Woodfin family...  / Erik Stone (Old friend )  Read >>
My condolences to the Woodfin family...  / Erik Stone (Old friend )

I just found out about JR leaving us.....I'm so sorry Woodfin family.  I regret that I didn't know him as the young man that he turned out to be, but as a kid...he was awsome!  By far, cooler than any other kid his age.  
JR...I don't believe that this is a goodbye.  I WILL see you again old friend....


~E

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I wish you knew  / Evan Kapp (best bud )  Read >>
I wish you knew  / Evan Kapp (best bud )

I wish you knew How much those special times we spent together meant to me......You were nothing but the best friend i couldve asked for, give me the strength to strive for my college degree. send me a sign , let me know your still there for me man......

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Just my thoughts  / John Woodfin (JR's Dad )  Read >>
Just my thoughts  / John Woodfin (JR's Dad )
The other day I went fishing off the coast  and  while I fished thougts of you J haunted me.I rememered the time you last visited. You , your uncle Kevin and Sean came out to fish Tunica Lake,we had such a good time all of us.I was so proud of how you were growing up to being  a person every parent would be proud of,and how God had blessed me . One would think the tears would stop coming after awhile but they don't. I miss you so much. I pray God is keeping you safe son until I see you again. Close
JR's political science classmate  / Edward Burns (Classmate)  Read >>
JR's political science classmate  / Edward Burns (Classmate)
From the first time I met JR in my political science class at Seminole Community College I knew that there was something special about him. I remember how he would share his views of the world and how it made so much sense. I also enjoyed that he would speak up and retort back to individuals who expressed selfish points of view and he would do it with such intelligence. Once he told me that he wanted to run for office one day and I said to him that we would be lucky to have him watch over us. Selfishly I would have preferred you had stayed with us but God needed you in heavan to watch out for the rest of us.  John, you may not realize it but you had such a positive impact in the lives of the people you met. The stars in heaven are brighter, now that you are one of God's Angels.

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Jizzy / A. Friend (Friend)  Read >>
Jizzy / A. Friend (Friend)
I loved your son so much. He was an amazing person. He effects my life each day. I think about him all the time and i think about how i could live my life in his memory. He was so passionate with everything that he did. His passion was infectious and you could not help but to be happy when you were around him. He will always be remembered as an amazing and beautiful person. Close
I Love You Jay!  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)  Read >>
I Love You Jay!  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)
This quote is special to me, because I used it in a card that I sent to J.R. when he was going through some tough times. I later saw that he saved this card and hung the quote on his wall.

I love you J.R. and will until the day I can join you in heaven. Until then, I will visit you in my dreams.


"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can
be no more hurt, only more love."


- Mother Teresa
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An Easter Promise for J.R.  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)  Read >>
An Easter Promise for J.R.  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)
"If death, then, is no threat to our relationship to God, if “made like him like him we rise, ours the cross, the grave, the skies” – then death should be no threat at all. If we don’t know what is beyond the grave we do know who is beyond the grave, and Christ resurrected links the two worlds, telling us we really live only in one. If love is immortal, then life is eternal, and death is a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."


- Quotation from an Easter sermon entitled "Like Him We Rise" by Dr. William Sloane Coffin
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A Memorial for My Brother  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)  Read >>
A Memorial for My Brother  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)
"Surely God would not have created such a being as man . . . to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. "


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. "


- J.R. lived more in his brief 19 years than most people live in a lifetime. He was determined to experience every thrill that life had to offer... from sky diving to bungee jumping.


"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own. "

- J.R. loved other people like there was no tomorrow. We could all learn something about love and true compassion from him.


Quotations by Abraham Lincoln


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We miss you Jay!  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)  Read >>
We miss you Jay!  / Tiffany Burns (Sister)
Sometimes it makes me sad, though, [J.R.]  being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are just too bright... and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice... but still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend. 
- Shawshank Redemption Quote
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A Letter from Heaven.  / J.R.'s Mom   Read >>
A Letter from Heaven.  / J.R.'s Mom

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.

Here, there are no more tears of sadness, just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.

Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,

God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you”.

“It’s good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for you dearest family, they’ll be here later on.

I need you here badly, you’re part of My plan.

There’s so much that we have to do, to help mortal man.”

God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight,

God and I are closest to you…in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth and all those living years,

because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.

But if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o’er,

I’m closer to you now than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead and many hills to climb.

But together we can do it, taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too.

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and in pain,

then you can say to God at night…”My day was not in vain.”.

And now I’m contented…that my life has been worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low.

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind.

I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go…from that body to be free.

Remember you’re not going…

You’re coming here to me.

                                                                     Unknown

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To all who are bereaved...  / J.R.'s Mom   Read >>
To all who are bereaved...  / J.R.'s Mom

God hath not promised skies always blue,

Flower strewn pathways all our lives through.

God hath not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain,

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way.

God hath promised help from above,

Unfailing sympathy and undying love.

 

                                    Unknown

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To my baby....  / J.R.'s Mom   Read >>
To my baby....  / J.R.'s Mom

“Death does not extinguish the light. Rather, it puts out the lamp because the dawn has come.”

                                                                                                                       Unknown

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Death Is Nothing At All  / J.R.'s Mom   Read >>
Death Is Nothing At All  / J.R.'s Mom
"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you - whatever we were to each other, that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way we used to. Laugh as we always laughed. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever spoken without effort, without trace of shadow.

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well."

Canon Henry Scott Holland

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In Memory of John  / Deb (mom To Angel Jessica Williams)   Read >>
In Memory of John  / Deb (mom To Angel Jessica Williams)

Your family is in Our Prayers.... May God Bless You All...

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