While I knew I would one day write this post, I hoped that day would be far in the future. There are so many words, thoughts, images and songs flitting through my brain I only hope I can sift through them enough to make some semblance of order befitting the subject.
I wrote this post not long ago. My Father's Day wish was granted, although not in the manner I had hoped, when the Lord cured Daddy by taking him to Heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
The weeks leading up to his departure (it was, after all, only a departure from this life to the next) were filled with love, laughter, hugs, kisses and many trips down memory lane. My sister and I left are daily lives to spend every last day we could with Daddy. We were blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunity to say the things we wanted to say and to hear the things he wanted to say. There is no doubt in my mind he left this world knowing how very much his girls loved and appreciated him. I was witness to God's love and mercy as he gently led Daddy home.
My brother-in-law, Kyle, wrote the obituary below. He also read the scripture at Daddy's service and gave us all comfort and food for thought.
, 71, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away peacefully August 5th in his home after an extensive battle with cancer. He was born on April 20, 1938 in Isom, Kentucky to Luther Collins and Mae (Sexton) Collins and he married the love of his life, Thelma Moore, on July 1, 1960. He retired from the IUPUI in 1988 after 20+years of service. Bennett was a loyal Christian and a faithful member of the .
Bennett Ray is survived by wife Thelma (Versailles, In), daughters Kathy Smith (Indianapolis, In), Kendra C. Marks (Frankton, In), Sister, Francis Moore (Indianapolis, In), Brother, Lloyd Collins (Indianapolis, In), Grand Children; Leia Duty (St. Louis, Mo), Dejah Smith (Ingals, In), Nathan Marks (Frankton, In), Caleb Marks (Frankton, In), Shelby Marks (Frankton, In), Great Grand Children; Jalen T. Johnson (Greenwood, In), (Ingals,In), Nikolas Wilson (Ingals, In)
Private Family Services will be held Friday, August 7th at the Harry W. Moore Funeral Care and Crematory (Allisonville Road Chapel @ 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, In 46250*) with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Family request that no flowers be sent to Chapel or burial site, nor any food items be delivered to any family member. Monitary donations can be made to the Open Hearts (http://www.openheartshelpinghands.com/), any local food pantry or to the .
While he may be gone from my sight, I am so thankful to have the many photos I can visit from time to time.
I love you Daddy...