First of all, let me thank mine and Benny's family for all your love and support; not only for the past three weeks, but throughout our lives. Had you not been who you were, Benny and I would not have become the adults we are today. You all loved us, disciplined us, cheered our joys and triumphs, and now grieve with us too. You are the ones who showed us God's love and ultimately helped us discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship has been passed down to Andy, who now is walking in heaven with Jesus.
Wayne County ... what a blessing you have been! You all have provided us with love, prayers, and so much support including physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and financial. Although the census from the government can tell others about who lives here, this lets us know who you really are!! I love you beyond measure. You took up the rally cry, "Pray for Andy," and you did. Your cards, letters, and e-mails were ALL shared with him. I believe, regardless of Andy's medical diagnosis, he heard each one. God communicates with us all, and I think he sent messenger angels to utter to Andy your words of love, encouragement, and support. Also, let me thank you for sharing Andy's needs with others. He got e-mails from all over the United States, England, and the Caribbean. What an expression of love from you all. For all of that, I am truly grateful.
Although there are so many more things I could say, I'll close now. Andy never liked long services, and he is probably rolling those eyes of his now. So, as I finish: I love you, I thank you, I appreciate you.
Cheryl and Henry ... It's a wrap.
Denise Voyles, March 2, 2003