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Eulogy for Ms. Emily Sargent

Emily Cain Edwards Sargent, Adair Co., KY (1930-2011)

Written and Delivered by Dr. G. Ted Taylor, January 16, 2011

The eulogy will be delivered in two parts with Part I being the Gift of Life andPart II being the Gift of Hope. Additional Scripture readings for Comfort are Psalm 90:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, I Corinthians 15: 50-58, John 10:14-15, 27-30, and John 11: 17-26.

Emily loved her children. Arthur and Mary Leslie. and her grandchildren. Emily and Bradley.

The Gift of Life

For 80 years we were given a Gift of Life... The life of Ms. Emily. This was a Southern Lady who had much influence and many, many significant relationships. Because this life was a gift lived in joy, let's begin by enjoying the life of Ms. Emily as we skip and run down ROCKY HILL ROAD.

As a child, her mother made sure no one left their home without being dressed well for school and church. She was always dressed to "the nines" and wore jewelry. Ms. Emily was one of the most popular in her class and you had a real friend if she was your friend. She was a majorette which was a good opportunity for hair and make-up, and she loved to tap dance...another chance for hair, dress and make-up. Emily would say even in her later years that her mother would never let her do the dishes as a child because she never wanted to see a dish towel covering her golden curls. She used this teaching to her advantage through her adult life.

As an adult, Ms. Emily always looked on the brighter side and her cup was always half full. She was always dressed to "the nines" and always looked like she just came out of the band box. She was a cheerleader for others' success and she believed that you don't measure your success by someone else's failures. Ms. Emily loved people and loved conservation, and people loved to be around her because she was not judgmental. She was the first one at the party and the last to leave because Ms. Emily used to say "Always go to a party if you're invited because you might not be on the list next time." Ms. Emily was also a private person and would not inform people until the crisis was over. Ms. Emily loved being community involved and civic minded.

She tried to be present at everything that went on because she had an inquiring mind and wanted to know everything. I was at the opening of 3 new businesses of people in our Church and Ms. Emily along with Sister Mary was at everyone. They said they wanted to be in the picture of every business... (another opportunity for hair and make-up.) She was a cheerleader for each new business, encouraging success and blessings.

I have seen Ms. Emily and Sister Mary, having been at every function that I've been to at Campbellsville University for the last 17 years. They were the first to arrive and the last to leave. Another opportunity to talk and support young people and did I mention "dress to the nines." Emily would say to young men dressed for formal occasions, "You are so handsome and I'm telling you the truth!" When they would talk about going." to the party after graduation she would say, "I wish I was 18, I'd be going with you."

At Church she was always dressed to the nines. She never said to me "good sermon." She would say, "I like your outfit and you smell good." One day she did say to me - "I don't care who the preacher is up here, this is my Church and I'm not going anywhere. She collected money for Wednesday night suppers (she wanted to know who was there). When one of her friends was building a new house, the dynamic duo would stop by more than the contractor...they didn't want to miss anything! One day the Sister-hood got into a discussion due to Ms. Emily's short temper and Ms. Emily said, "Just because you are older you think you are always right." When it was time to "play" Ms. Emily would lead with the one-liners and Mary would watch and laugh. When it was time to work, Mary would always lead by working and Ms. Emily would watch (sometimes out the window) and laugh!

I have tried to unwrap the gift of the life of Emily Sargent. There has already been a date set in April for people to gather and share stories about Ms. Emily.

The Gift of Hope

Scripture John 14: 1-6 Hope comes when we believe in a ...
  • Person (Jesus) Verse 1
  • Place (Heaven) Verse 2
  • Promise ( Eternity) Verses 3 - 4
  • Plan (Believe) Verse 6
Jesus asked the disciples in their moment of crisis to put their confidence in four truths that will provide calmness in every situation. He begins by reminding them to believe in Him. Notice He says, believe "in Me" and not "about me." Hope comes when we allow Christ to reign in our hearts and we surrender our difficulty completely to Him. When a child is afraid in the night who but a "parent" can provide comfort. I recently kept our grandchildren over night and one of them woke up crying and I went and held them. This offered some comfort but Reece said, "I want my Daddy." When we are scared and frightened, only Jesus will do. Hope comes when we believe in a PERSON (JESUS).

When we read about Heaven we know that it is vast, beautiful and wonderful beyond imagination. We know it is a place way beyond our earthly landscapes. It is a magnificent city built by the architect of the universe. It is a place called "Paradise" which means ultimate beauty. Jesus describes it as His "Father's House." Houses have special memories. Heaven is real and it is home. Are we talking the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina which has 250 rooms, 35 bedrooms, and 43 bathrooms? I remember when we moved our children to Campbellsville in 1994 and our children didn't want to leave their friends. I kept saying, you are going to have a new room in this new house, just for you. I painted a picture of a future place. Hope comes when we believe in a PLACE (Heaven).

When God makes a promise you can count on it! "I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am you may be also. The God of heaven desires to spend eternity with us. "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so." "I loved you before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24) When Jesus says, "Let not your heart be troubled." He means it. When we believe in the victorious Christ, we will begin to live with supreme confidence and hope. Believing can be difficult to accept because the problems of this world are visible and tangible. Faith is our decision to believe. We have sorrow and set backs but we view in the light of eternity. In this last year, Carrie Underwood wrote and sang a song called "Temporary Home."
She was inspired to write the song while reading a chapter in the book "Purpose Driven Life" and the chapter title was "This life is not all there is." On Thursday for Ms. Emily, it was the end of the beginning.

Our hope comes when we believe in a PLAN. Jesus was leaving and Thomas wanted GPS (God's Positioning System). Jesus gave him the plan when He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me.

Jesus says He is the map. He shows the way to heaven, He takes us there and is the journey Himself. He does not tell us about the way, HE IS THE WAY. Jesus says He is the only one who can get us to heaven. Jesus has promised to write our name in the Lamb's book of life. A confirmed reservation for a joyous eternity is the evidence that provides the settled calm that can carry us through any storm. One of Emily's friends asked her did she think she was going to heaven. She said, "I know I'm going to be with Jesus."

On Christmas Day, I called Ms. Emily at Mary Leslie's in Asheville, NC to wish her a Merry Christmas and to tell her that I loved her. I asked her what she got for Christmas. She said that her favorite gift was that Mary was better and planning to come back home. The last words she said to me before good-bye was ..." I miss her so much...I love Mary!"

Ms. Emily was taken off life support to sustain her life and was only expected to live one hour. But you see she wasn't about to die until Mary got to the hospital 30 hours later, then she passed, with these words on her heart...I miss her so much and I love Mary!


Before you were born, God wanted you to know Him personally. He chose to show you how much He loves you. But to accept His offer, you need to know the ABC's of Salvation.

ADMIT to God you're a sinner: Sin is refusing to acknowledge God's authority over your life. Everyone sins. The result of sin is spiritual death or eternal separation from God when you die. Repent; turn away from your sin and toward God. (See Acts 3:19; Romans 3:23; 6:23)

BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as God's Son and accept Jesus' gift of forgiveness from sin. Jesus took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross because you could not meet God's requirement for a perfect sacrifice for your sins. (See John 3:16)

CONFESS to God your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. As Lord, Jesus has earned the right to be obeyed as a sheep obeys his shepherd. (See Romans 10: 9-10, 13: 1 John 1:9)

You may pray a prayer similar to this: Dear God, I know that You love me. I admit I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sin. I place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

If you sincerely asked Jesus to be your Savior, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision. Show your faith in Christ by asking a Bible-believing church for baptism by immersion. (See Matthew 28: 19-20; Acts 2: 41)

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