Memorial 1



Cecil Browning Hill
March 9, 1914 ~ April 18, 1996

~ My Hero ~

As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise...
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.

His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.

It's true, a few others provided insight.
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.
He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,
Although he's not royal by stature or birth.

He was a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits were noble, and of admirable length.
He was far greater than all other men that I've known,
He was my grandfather, my mentor, my friend and hero.

(Adapted from the poem "My Hero" ~By Debbie Hinton Young)

How can I begin to tell you about my grandfather?  He was and is the single most important icon in my life and in my heart. He was my grandfather, my father, my mentor, my friend, and my role model. He took me to church, taught me how to pray, showed me how to live, and most importantly, he taught me that Jesus loves me. He worked hard, prayed without ceasing, and loved unconditionally.

My grandfather was a great man of God, standing strong and tall in his faith, a mighty prayer warrior, afraid of nothing. He took everything to the Lord, and always stood on the promises of God. He did not fret about tomorrow, but lived in gracious gratitude to God for yesterday and today. He was an incredible Bible Scholar, faithfully searching The Word for God's Holy will and infinite wisdom for our lives.

He was a true Christian, allowing Jesus to shine through, even when adversity tried to stop him. He was a light in the darkness, a city upon a hill. Many lives were changed because of his obedience to God.  The world is a better place, because he was...

"Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Matthew 25:21

I love you.
See you in Heaven

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