January 4, 2012
In Honor of Justin Whitmire (1991-2011)
Justin was a little fella in kids' church with our girls in Greenville, a young man we remember as always smiling, always trying to make others smile, and really close to his family. He was killed in Afghanistan last week, after serving only 19 days there. Thank God he was able to speak with family and friends via Skype just days before his death, and that I know they have many, many happy memories to draw on. Knowing their family, I am grateful that they won't be ones who'll have to live with regret. They brought Justin up in church and demonstrated a life of service, joy, and love for the Lord. Justin's parents, Donnie and Jennifer, have always seemed like those who enjoyed their children, and were thrilled to be very involved with their lives. Lots of smiles and laughs and good times when they're around.
Justin was truly a good guy, and now he's a hero. Our prayers are with Jennifer and Donnie, his brother Craig and sister Jessi, his girlfriend, his church family at FROC, and the many friends he left behind. Below I am adding a post from his pastor,Terry Rogers, whom we've been privileged to work with for years. I know that he and Angel, youth pastor Stephen, and the entire church family are pulling alongside the Whitmire family. They're good that way. :) Please keep them all in your prayers as Justin's body arrives in Greenville tomorrow and his funeral proceedings begin.