Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jesus wept...

One of the first verses children learn is, John 11:35, "Jesus wept." It's the shortest verse in the Bible but those words pack a mighty powerful punch when you study them. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, wept. He didn't just cry a little... He wept as in sobbing tears. These two words bring comfort to me at this time. I've just had to give up my Granny and my heart is saddened. My Savior knows this feeling. He lost his friend and wept for him. Granny is in heaven which is a glorious place. I know that my heavenly Father understands my grief and that I miss her. In Matthew 5, the Bible says, "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted." My family and I will be comforted.
I will miss a lot about my Granny:
  • hugs (they felt like sunshine)
  • her humor
  • her honesty

Two things Granny always taught us.

  1. She may not have liked what we did, but she always loved us.
  2. Love is the most important gift you can give!

Friday, March 16, 2012


I believe this is the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. My beloved Granny has passed away. There is so much I wish that everyone could know about her... like how when she hugged you it felt like sunshine or that she never had a bad word to say about anyone. The most important thing about Granny is that she taught that the most important gift you can give is love. She loved each and everyone of us and we never doubted that. I have always said that I have never doubted there was a God because 1 John 4:8 states that God is love...and I have ALWAYS known love.

Margaret Louise Andrews, age 95, of Newport, went peacefully to be with her Lord, Thursday, March 15, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie Andrews; mother, Barbara Ann Jenkins; nine brothers and sisters; Gladys Worley, Nellie Mae Holt, Lucille Jenkins, Emma Jean Harrah, Jim, Austin, Roy, Raymond and Cecil Jenkins; grandchildren, Chad and Jaycee Chesteen. She leaves behind her brother, Charles (Betty Jo) Jenkins and sister Barbara Ann (J.R.) Boles; children, Kermit (Imogene) Andrews, Edith (Paul) Hudgens, Lois (Richard) Meadows, Herman Andrews, Charlotte Webb (Jimmy Blazer), Colleen (Jackie) Styles; grandchildren, Bill Andrews, Janella Snapp, Shari (Wesley) Webb, Donnie Ray (Arbie) Webb, LuAnn Meadows, Amy (Daniel) Hall, Brittany (Charlie) Hall, Kari (Adam) McNeil, Mark (Tammy) Hudgens, Melissa (Tommy) Sterry, Mechelle Woodson (Gary) Brian (Shantal) Chesteen and Jennifer Andrews; great-grandchildren, MacKenna and Bailey Andrews, Taylor and Alec Philpot, Gretchen, Grant and Grayce Webb, Kylie and Tyler Hall, Bryson Conard, Braydon and Covan Hall, Matthew, Marah, Kaydence and Coy McNeil, Michael, Mark and Lauren Hudgens, Tara Marks, Adam Sterry, Dustin White, Tyler Woodson, Cameron Wilson, Chelsea, Caitlyn, Carson, Emily, Laura and Sara Chesteen; great-great grandchildren Kendrick Mason White, Jayleigh Chesteen and Carlie Ford. She will be sadly missed by her friends, church family at First Christian Church, and by all those who simply knew her as “Granny.” The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Saturday March 17, 2012, at Manes Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm Sunday, March 18, 2012 with funeral services to follow at 2:00 pm in Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Martin Stump officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Bill Andrews, Donnie Ray Webb, Alec Philpot, Daniel Hall, Adam McNeil and Charlie Hall.