My father died early yesterday morning, he was a good man:
Fred Herbert Wessel, formerly of Reidsville and Andrews, S.C., died on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Open Arms Hospice in Simpsonville, S.C.
A native of Andrews, S.C., he was born Nov. 29, 1920, the son of Henry Jacob and Flora Amanda Byrd Wessel. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a medical assistant during the Pacific campaign. He was retired from Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy Neil Wessel; sister Annie Mae Glover; and brothers Eugene, George, James, Robert and Thomas Wessel.
Fred was an avid golfer, fisherman and gardener, and was a member of the Reidsville Men’s Garden Club. He was a member of both the First Baptist Church of Reidsville and Andrews S.C. Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Andrews High School, where he was a star athlete, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
An obituary is only a summary and in no way can tell all that this man did for me, I won’t even try.
It is with great comfort that I return to Paul’s words from:
1 Corinthians 15:50-57:
“I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”