To the South Middleburg Baptist Church Family:
It is Tuesday morning, June 10th 2014. It is with bittersweet emotions that I report to you the passing of our Christian Brother and friend Leroy Yeomans at 3:17 am today. It is bitter because there is now a void in my heart and your heart because a friend and a brother has been taken from us. It is sweet because we know that Brother Leroy has now realized all the promises that God made to him.
As you all know Brother Leroy fought a courageous battle with failing health over the past several years and many would now say that “death” has won the war. I would counter that argument with a far different analysis. The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 15:54-57 – “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Leroy Yeomans now stands victorious in the arena of eternal life through the forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have just left the family and final arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. As soon as I know all of the details I will have everyone contacted through our “prayer-chain” and will post the details on our website. I invite you to join me in prayer for the family that God will give the comfort they need, the clarity of mind as they attend to details and the strength to face coming days without this paternal leader. Brother Leroy’s legacy will live on through every one of his family members. Perhaps John Donne (1572–1631) said it best:
“All mankind is of one Author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.”
Our condolences go out to the family and they will be in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all!