Memorial Day

My Gift of Life Today: A Gift on Memorial Day

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the funeral for the father of one of my best friends.  William Harold Simmons lived to the ripe age of 91 and passed away peacefully at his home.  He was born in Mullins, SC and graduated from Carlisle Military School of Bamberg in 1946.  He obtained his private pilot’s license at age 17 and joined the United States Marine Corps and served in China from 1946-1948.  After returning from China, he moved back to South Carolina, married, and had two sons and one granddaughter. 

While residing in South Carolina, Harold began 33 years with the SC Air National Guard, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant in 1984.  During his military career, he received dozens of medals and commendations.  He and his wife enjoyed a long-lasting and loving relationship for 68 years. 

Harold was a Christian and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, SC.  He had a deep love for his country, his community, and his friends.  Harold was the type of fellow that couldn’t do enough for people.  His funeral service was a blessing to others.  

A person nearing the end of life looks back on his earthly existence and then looks toward the ultimate time of eternal life with God in Heaven.

The funeral program denoted that a poem was included that he had written several years ago entitled “My Gift of Life Today”.  I thought that this poem was particularly poignant.  I wanted to share it in my blog because I think it has a universal message that’s particularly special now with Covid-19 and the economic downturn and unrest in the world. 

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