My family experienced the unexpected loss of my dear uncle, Kelly Thomas. Forty years of age, he leaves behind a loving wife, Jana, and four precious children: Janelle, age 12; Keljan, age 8; Joelle, age 6; and Kenton, age 4.
Mother's Day, 2014
Jesus took him Home Sunday evening after he suffered a severe allergic reaction from a red wasp sting to the head. There are no words as to what a shock this was to me and my family. We thought they'd take him to the hospital for a shot or something and he'd come home and laugh it off.
But for as long as I live, I will never forget the grief-laden wails of four children upon learning their daddy wasn't coming home. As I write this, the tears begin to come, for though he was only my uncle, in a way, my siblings and I were his first children at least 11 years before his daughter was born.
We are so loved. Countless people have come to pay their respects and to bring food. We have laughed and wept together, we have embraced and prayed together. And never have I felt such agape--selfless--love. I thank my God for you.
A Memorial Fund has been set up for my uncle's family. As he was the sole provider and only source of income, my aunt is dealing with worries for the future, and this fund will serve to calm those fears. Already, in only three days, we have raised $32,753. Wow. God is good! And He will provide.
In prayer there is power. And yours mean the world and beyond to us. Thank you. Continue to remember me and my family. Funeral arrangements have been set for this Friday and Saturday. The service is from 5:00-7:30pm on Friday at Laycock Hobbs funeral home in Athens. Burial is at Clearwater Baptist Church at 11:00am on Saturday.
Again, your prayers and support are so very much appreciated. May we never take for granted the love we have been shown. Thank you, my dear friends.