William PRITCHARD Jr. Obituary

What you are about to read is not what was planned for today. Rather I offer a tribute to a wonderful man who I wished everyone could have known. William Grady Pritchard, Jr. of Atlanta passed away on Saturday, July 28, a little less than a month before his 91st birthday.

His obituary described him appropriately as “a devoted Christian father, son, husband, partner, friend, leader, volunteer and athlete, who spent his life helping others and being a good friend to all he met. He will be remembered particularly for his kindness and generosity, along with his ability to make everyone feel welcome in his presence.”

Rather than chronicle Bill’s many achievements and the vast number of charitable organizations he supported I want to simply pass on three items that were included in the printed program for his memorial service today. Each of the pieces speak for itself and give you an insight into the character of this saintly man.

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My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end, nor do I really know myself; and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe the desire to please you does, in fact, please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know if I do this you will lead by the right road. I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

-Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

 

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To laugh often and to love much; to win the respect of  intelligent persons and the affection of children;

To earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;

To know even one life that breathed easier because you have lived… This is to have succeeded.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” —from a sermon in the Works of John Wesley

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can as long as ever you can. 

-John Wesley

Jamie Jenkins