Mama’s Eulogy


Monday, October 15, 2018

Cookeville, Tn —

Jimmy, Diane, Kathy, and I, along with our family, thank each of you for your attendance today. Let’s spend a few moments hearing from God’s Word. 

Readings from 1 Corinthians 15.

Throughout her 93 years, Mildred Danner Brooks simply wanted to be a wife, a mother, and a pastor’s wife, and the best one she could be. She was all that and a whole lot more. 

My brother, sisters and I grew up in a home where our parents had a profound disrespect for death. When Mama talked about her own death, she laughed more than she cried; she planned for it more than she regretted it; she looked ahead more than she looked back. Her thoughts about death were happy, confident, and expectant. 

Her hope was heaven. Her faith was in Jesus. Her confidence in the gospel began at age 26 under the witness of the Madison Heights Baptist Church in Madison, Tennessee. After all these years, her faith has turned to sight. 

In the words of the song, I can only imagine what it was like when Mama entered heaven and saw Daddy for the first time. 

Daddy says, “Where’ve you been?” just like he did even when he knew she’d been to the grocery store, the bank, or the drug store. 

And then, she says, “Lord, Sam, you’ve spilled stuff all over your robe. Why didn’t you have someone to help you?” 

Daddy shrugs, and then, he says, “Ah, I don’t wanna fool with all that.”

And then, Mildred goes right back doing what she’s done on earth – serving the Lord and taking care of Daddy. 

Of course, this scene never happened. Of course, heaven’s reunions have far more glory than earthly stories contain. We know for sure, however, that together, at God’s throne of grace, the love they shared in Jesus is complete. 

We face our life now without her. We go forward with the knowledge that her greatest love was Jesus, he greatest faith was the gospel, and her greatest hope has ended in sight. 

93 years is a long time to wait for the best day of your life. The moment Mama entered heaven was the best day of her life. Let us all thank God, and let’s do our best to be happy for her today. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints. 

Today, may the love of Jesus and the hope of the gospel bring you the joy it brought her. May God bless you, and may God bless the memory of Mildred Danner Brooks. 

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Mama’s Eulogy


Monday, October 15, 2018

Cookeville, Tn —

Jimmy, Diane, Kathy, and I, along with our family, thank each of you for your attendance today. Let’s spend a few moments hearing from God’s Word. 

Readings from 1 Corinthians 15.

Throughout her 93 years, Mildred Danner Brooks simply wanted to be a wife, a mother, and a pastor’s wife, and the best one she could be. She was all that and a whole lot more. 

My brother, sisters and I grew up in a home where our parents had a profound disrespect for death. When Mama talked about her own death, she laughed more than she cried; she planned for it more than she regretted it; she looked ahead more than she looked back. Her thoughts about death were happy, confident, and expectant. 

Her hope was heaven. Her faith was in Jesus. Her confidence in the gospel began at age 26 under the witness of the Madison Heights Baptist Church in Madison, Tennessee. After all these years, her faith has turned to sight. 

In the words of the song, I can only imagine what it was like when Mama entered heaven and saw Daddy for the first time. 

Daddy says, “Where’ve you been?” just like he did even when he knew she’d been to the grocery store, the bank, or the drug store. 

And then, she says, “Lord, Sam, you’ve spilled stuff all over your robe. Why didn’t you have someone to help you?” 

Daddy shrugs, and then, he says, “Ah, I don’t wanna fool with all that.”

And then, Mildred goes right back doing what she’s done on earth – serving the Lord and taking care of Daddy. 

Of course, this scene never happened. Of course, heaven’s reunions have far more glory than earthly stories contain. We know for sure, however, that together, at God’s throne of grace, the love they shared in Jesus is complete. 

We face our life now without her. We go forward with the knowledge that her greatest love was Jesus, he greatest faith was the gospel, and her greatest hope has ended in sight. 

93 years is a long time to wait for the best day of your life. The moment Mama entered heaven was the best day of her life. Let us all thank God, and let’s do our best to be happy for her today. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints. 

Today, may the love of Jesus and the hope of the gospel bring you the joy it brought her. May God bless you, and may God bless the memory of Mildred Danner Brooks. 

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BREAKING NEWS — President, President-Elect offer by partisan support for Dept. of Fake News


CLEVELAND, TENN. — 

Current sitting President Barack Obama and waiting-to-be-seated President-Elect Donald Trump offered unprecedented bypartican support for Trump’s newly formed Department of Fake News.      

“Our freedoms are at risks, my fellow Americans. People have blamed fake news for why Democrats lost the White House. Some try to turn fake news into a garbage dumping ground.

“We all know we must act now to preserve our freedoms. We must bring shock and awe to those who would tread on our precious fake news and those who love them,” President Obama said. 

Visibly moved by President Obama’s comments, President-Elect Trump wiped away his tears. “Well said, Mr. President. We will wage an all-out war on those who want to blame fake news for this election. We will bomb them to kingdom come!   

“If our intellectual property needs protection, we’ll build a wall – a mighty wall – around our fake news organization. Nevermind these people would be fired if directly employed in the Trump organization. 

“Worried that we are wasting money on another government pork barrel project? Forget about it! Fake news is a national treasure,” Mr. Trump said.       

The new Secretary of Fake News briefly commented on the press comment. “From the New York Island to the Gulf Stream water, this land of fake news was made for you and me,” he said. 

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The U.S Department of Fake News: We don’t make the news, we just fake it. 


This story is the property of the U.S. Dept. of Fake News. Any attempt to verbally or electronically besmirch, bemoan or belittle the good-willed humor attempts of the Secretary only proves you are a very sad, sad person. Go find something good to read! Now, get! Are you still here??? I. Said. Get!