I just received a note from Jack Exum, Jr. regarding his father, which I excerpt below —
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Well as you read from my sister-in-law, Linda, dad passed away on Sunday the 7th. He was in the Lake City Medical Center here in Lake City, Fla. My wife Wiwik, Bob, and I were with him. My wife noticed his last breath, she told Bob and he went to get the nurse who verified the fact that he was gone. He had left behind a body that was worn out. Yes, it was and is very hard on us. Preparing the funeral going through all of this was hard. Doesn’t seem real. Still seems like a dream to me.
Dad had said often he wanted to go home. After the first heart attack in December, after his leg bypass was done successfully, he came through it and recalls seeing me and was disappointed that he wasn’t already in heaven. I thought it was funny. But he was really disappointed, because he really wanted to go on to “the next adventure”.
… It was about 2 days later, after returning to the health center, that he suffered another mild heart attack, and was sent back to the Lake City Med. Ctr. Again the doctor told us his days wer numbered and there was nothing that could be done. I was calling family and others to come, when dad passed away. …
Dad had finally gotten what he wanted, having peacefully gone to be with Jesus, and experience what he had called the “next adventure”.
Officiating at the funeral was, Earl Williams, who participates in the “Three Unusual Days” ministry, along with Jerry Cantrell, Danny Deloach (cousin) and wonderful friend, and a life long friend he called, “Moon”. …
I have asked and am asking now, that all who have memories of dad, and stories to tell, send them to me, at 496 SW Jafus Ave., Lake City, Fla., 32024 so these can be gathered and shared with family and friends, and possibly used in the Lake City Reporter.
Dad was a long time member of the Central Church of Christ, a small struggling congregation where I serve as minister on part time basis. We are asking that all who might have wished to send flowers simply make a donation to the church that will miss him very much, as a sign of their love for dad. This can be mailed to my address with “church of Christ” on it, and I will give this to the church, in memory of dad.
If you wish to receive a news letter accounting his last two months with us, please let me know. I will be glad to send it.
On Saturday, the 6th, I was with dad pretty much all night. … He was calm, comfortable, still struggling with his breath. As he had done so often, he kicked off the covers, and sat on the edge of the bed. Leaning over to seemingly breath better, he started talking and singing.
He sang, “O Lord, it’s hard to be humble… when you’re perfect in every way…”
He started talking about when he was young (16). He had the habit of smoking. When he met mom, she told him one time on a date, “I don’t like that.” (smoking). He threw away his cigarette, and said “I don’t like it either.” He never picked up a cigarette again.
He sang their song, “It had to be you … just had to be you…”
He sang his last song, “Blest Be The Tie That Binds”
For dad, the church was very important. Unity and grace and the Holy Spirit. He said, “Jay’s book has changed me.” “I have learned so much from his book about grace and God’s Holy Spirit.” He sent them everywhere he could. When in Bible class where I teach using Jay’s book, dad would often interject and comment, and teach a bit on points that were special to his heart.
His favorite scripture: Romans 8.
His favorite pastime was telling stories and laughing and teaching others about Jesus.
He blessed a lot of people. We will all miss him sorely.
Thanks, Jay, for this opportunity to tell just a little about dad.
Love to you and all,
In His love,
Jack Exum Jr.
For the benefit of younger readers, Br Exum for many years traveled the country preaching meetings called “Three Unusual Days,” where he taught God’s grace and the work of his Spirit. He worked powerfully to open hearts and minds to the truth of God’s gospel. He also wrote 39 books on a variety of topics.
I well remember being encouraged to further my own investigations into the word at a meeting taught by Br Exum at the Alberta Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, many years ago. He was a fantastic speaker and remarkably courageous in teaching his beliefs at a time when most were afraid to say what they really believed from the pulpit — and he did this even though his livelihood depended on being invited to preach meetings.
He was a remarkable man who deeply influenced the Churches of Christ for good. I’ll miss him.
[Click here for the full text of Jack Jr.’s note.]