George W. Bush Delivers Emotional Eulogy for His Father, George H.W. Bush

by Scott Stump | In a heartfelt eulogy George W. Bush, the former president called his dad “the best father a son or daughter can have” during a touching memorial for the 41st president. Photo: Getty Images

The 43rd president of the United States stood up, composed himself and delivered a deeply moving eulogy during a memorial for his father, George H. W. Bush on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.

George W. Bush said goodbye to his father, George H.W. Bush, with a moving eulogy during a memorial for the former president on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Bush, the 43rd president, had a rare moment of public emotion at the end of his 12-minute speech while reflecting on his father’s tight bond with his children, his love for his wife of 73 years, Barbara, and his enduring sadness over the loss of his daughter, Robin, in 1954.

“The best father a son or daughter can have,” Bush said, his voice breaking. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.”

Bush’s eulogy came in front of an audience that included the four other living presidents and first ladies as well as a host of world leaders. The elder Bush died Friday at 94.

Recalling some of his father’s enduring qualities, Bush called his father an empathic man who valued character over pedigree.

“He was no cynic,” Bush said. “He looked for the good in every person, and he usually found it.”

The elder Bush also “loved to laugh, especially at himself.” He also had some well-known quirks, including his hatred of a certain vegetable.

“His short game (in golf) was lousy. He wasn’t exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor,” Bush said. “The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. And by the way he passed these genetic defects along to us.”

The late Bush’s brushes with death, including being shot down over the Pacific as a Navy pilot during World War II, encouraged him to “live every day to the fullest,” his son said.

The elder Bush went skydiving on his 90th birthday near the family’s home in Maine and loved to crank up the engines on his boat and take it out for a spin on the Atlantic, even into his mid-80s.

“Dad was always busy, a man in constant motion, but never too busy to share his life with those around him,” Bush said.

The former vice president and onetime CIA chief had two speeds: “Full throttle and sleep,” Bush added.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Sen. Alan Simpson, of Wyoming, were the ceremony’s other eulogists. Each spoke about Bush’s humility, leadership qualities, sense of humor and loyalty as a friend.

Bush’s granddaughter, TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, also took part in the memorial with a reading from the Book of Revelations.

In the days following his death, the younger Bush and siblings Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy remembered their father as “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”

The two former presidents shared a heartwarming father-son bond that became tighter when the younger Bush was elected president in 2000. Both weathered the triumphs and criticism of the office.

In the final hours before his father’s death, George W. Bush told him over speaker phone that he was a wonderful dad.

The elder Bush was able to say goodbye, offering George what would be his final words: “I love you, too.”

Members of the public waited hours on Tuesday to pay their respects to the 41st president after his remains arrived in Washington, D.C. He is the first preside to lie in state since Gerald Ford in 2006.

President George W. Bush grasps the hand of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, three days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.The White House - Getty Images.

President George W. Bush grasps the hand of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, three days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.The White House – Getty Images.

The service in Washington will be followed by one on Thursday in Houston, where Bush lived, before he is laid to rest on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

Scott Stump is a reporter @TODAYshow, contributor @NBCNews, freelance writer, Jersey Shore forever, and Northwestern Wildcat.



Mrs. Vershorn Arnold Call to Eternal Glory

by Innocent Nwaobasi | Mrs. Arnold was born on November 7, 1964 and passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It has pleased the Lord to call one of our own sister to eternal glory, Mrs. Vershorn Arnold a member of ECWA Church Chicago and the pioneer of the Nursery Department, a department she efficiently ran for several years before she passed to glory. To add to this loss, sister Vershorn’ mother died on Thanksgiving Day.

The husband, Elder Antoine M. Arnold, is an elder at Chicago church and can be reached at 312-719-0437.

Dear Saints, please let us keep the husband and ECWA Chicago in our prayers.

The family of late Mrs. Vershorn Arnold created this Life Tributes page to make it easy to share her memories.

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DEC 2. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Pastor James Buhari

by Emily Rixon | Apart from monetary support, James’ wife, son, family, and friends could also use your prayers in this great time of need

Click here to support James B Memorial Fund organized by Emily Rixon

James Buhari, a Nigerian student who attended Biblical Theological Seminary. James was married in November 2016. In January 2017 he came to the United States to go to seminary. The plan was his wife Debbie was going to come to the United States to be with him while he was in school, once he was situated over here. Not long after he arrived he was informed of the exciting news that he was going to be a dad. That changed the plans a bit and Debbie was not able to come to the States until after she had the baby.

On September 7, 2017 James and Debbie’s son Derek was born. James was planning a trip to fly back to Nigeria in December to meet his son for the first time, and help them both come back to the United States until he finished school. On October 21, 2017 James passed away from a massive heart attack. The next day Debbie was visited by the pastor of their church and was given the news that would almost make time stop in its tracks. He was never able to make it back to Africa to see his son or wife. This go fund me page is setup to help James’s wife and son during this really hard time, to help with the funeral costs, and to help them pick up the pieces of their shattered world. His wife, son, family, and friends could also use your prayers in this great time of need.

Click here to support James B Memorial Fund organized by Emily Rixon

 



Francis Adeniyi Dada, Sr

by Dada & Olawoye Families | Sunrise: 07/30/48    Sunset: 06/24/17 | Sign the Guest Book on Sunsetting web memorials
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our loved husband, father, and grandfather, Francis Adeniyi Dada, Sr. He is survived by his wife, 6 children, son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren. Your words and support at this time are appreciated. We have 5 event services planned from August 3rd-August 4th. For any questions or to RSVP, please email us at thedadabunch@gmail.com. Gifts + contributions of support can be made to the family via this link: https://www.paypal.me/jumokedada.
 
Services Information
Thursday August 03, 2017
5:00 PM
Guarino Funeral Home, 9222 Flatlands Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11236
 
Funeral
Thursday August 03, 2017
7:00 PM
Guarino Funeral Home
 
Viewing
Friday August 04, 2017
10:30 AM
Guarino Funeral Home
 
Burial
Friday August 04, 2017
1:00 PM
Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11734
 
Repass
Friday August 04, 2017
04:00 PM
Location TBD
 
Travel Recommendations to NYC For The Home Going Services
Our recommendation is to stay at the Hilton Hotel near JFK Airport. The hotel address is located at 144-02 135th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11436.  The Hotel phone number is (718)659-0200.  This hotel is centrally located near the funeral services and the burial ground.
 
The hotel is currently having a special of $169.15 per night for a standard room.  I am not sure how long the special rate will be valid so we recommend booking as soon as possible.  Those attending the service should reserve rooms in the same hotel for convenience and carpool to the funeral and burial.
 
Airport: John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport
 
Hotel
Hilton New York JFK Airport
144-02 135th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11436
Phone: 718-659-0200
Free shuttle service to and from the airport
 
Transportation
Uber or carpool to and from the funeral home.
The hotel is about 20 minutes away from the hotel.
 
FYI…The hotel is currently offering a 15% discounted rate for a limited time.  The discounted rate is priced at $169.15/night.
 


 Home going of Dr. Samuel Onyejindu Oleka

Dr. Samuel Onyejindu Oleka, 66, husband of Amaka Rhoda Oleka, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. 

He was born in Isuikwuato, Nigeria, to the late Joseph Oleka and Jenny Mbaeri Oleka on June 6, 1949.  He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. 

Dr. Oleka was an ECWA trained and licensed pastor. He received bachelor degree in Theology from Igbaja Theological Seminary and was the main speaker during our maiden ECWA USA National Conference in Maryland in 1999. His wife, Amaka, served previously as the Treasurer for the ECWA USA Women fellowship. 

Dr. Oleka received Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryan College, Dayton, Tenn., Master of Arts degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School and Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in curriculum and instruction in teacher education. 

Dr. Oleka was the Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kentucky State University (KSU).  Before going to KSU he served at Eastern Kentucky University, William Tyndale College, Ashland College, and the University of Jos in Nigeria. 

His research interests include cross-cultural communication, education and culture, value education, and African-American Experience. His most recent papers are “Africa’s Search for Identity and Quest for an African Theology” and “African and African-American Perceptions of Each Other.”  

He serves on the National Planning Committee of the Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW), Roanoke, Virginia, and on the National Collegiate Honors Council Assessment and Evaluation Committee (NCHS). Dr. Oleka has also been active in the African Christian Fellowship (ACF), and also serves on the curriculum committees of several local schools.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Oleka is survived by his children Onyinyechi “Nyechi” Oleka, Dr. Chimsom T. Oleka and Onyejindu “OJ” Oleka, all of Frankfort; sister Ugbala, Nigeria; brothers, Elder Bennett Olkea, Nigeria; Rev. Cyril Oleka, Nigeria; Rev. James Amanna Oleka, Nigeria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church. Burial will follow Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from 11 a.m. until the start of service at the church.

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Home going of Dr. Sam Oleka

by Sunday Bwanhot, connect via bwanhots@gmail.com

It is with heavy hearts and yet gratitude to God for a life well lived we announce the Home going of our brother Dr. Sam Oleka which happened Tuesday night Jan. 19, 2016 in Kentucky. He has struggled with health issues in recent times. Dr. Oleka was an ECWA trained and licensed pastor. He received bachelor degree in Theology from Igbaja Theological Seminary and was the main speaker during our maiden ECWA USA National Conference in Maryland in 1999. His wife, Amaka, served previously as the Treasurer for the ECWA USA Women fellowship.

Dr. Oleka received bachelor of arts degree from Bryan College Dayton Tennessee, master of arts degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School and Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum and Instruction in Teacher Education. Dr. Oleka was the Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kentucky State University (KSU).  Before going to KSU he served at Eastern Kentucky University, William Tyndale College, Ashland College, and the University of Jos in Nigeria. His research interests include cross-cultural communication, education and culture, value education, and African-American Experience. His most recent papers are "Africa's Search for Identity and Quest for an African Theology" and "African and African-American Perceptions of Each Other."  He serves on the National Planning Committee of the Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW), Roanoke, Virginia, and on the National Collegiate Honors Council Assessment and Evaluation Committee (NCHS). Dr. Oleka has also been active in the African Christian Fellowship (ACF), and also serves on the curriculum committees of several local schools.

Details of funeral arrangements will be given on https://ecwausa.org website when available. Meanwhile, keep the family in prayer.

 



Naomi Ruth (Riggie) Covel’s Passing

The funeral service for Naomi will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Naomi Ruth (Riggie) Covel was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 1, 2016, while at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 20, 1944 in Midland, to Edward and Dorothy (Skym) Riggie. She married David Covel on June 10, 1967. Naomi grew up on a small farm west of Midland. She attended the Homer United Methodist Church as a child and was active in the youth department. As a child she placed her faith in Jesus. She began her education at Windover Elementary School and graduated from Midland High School in 1962. She continued her education at Spring Arbor College, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in education. She used her education to teach elementary school for 10 years.

Naomi was very active as a member of the Midland Free Methodist Church. She enjoyed working in the children's department as a Joybell teacher, Children's Church leader and department director. She also coached the high school Bible quiz team for 13 years as they earned many conference trophies. For the last few years she has been the church librarian and co-director of the Prime Time Luncheons.

She loved the Lord above all else, and then her loving husband and their family. She tried to serve the Lord in every area of her life. Her legacy is found in her three children, their spouses, and grandchildren who are serving the Lord today.

Naomi loved to read and attended local Bible studies. Additionally, she enjoyed cooking, camping, traveling, arts and crafts, and decorating her house for each season.

Naomi is survived by her husband, David; their three children, Laura (Douglas) Kipfmiller, Amie Covel and Mark (Sara) Covel. She was proud of her seven grandchildren: PawSay, Caleb, Joshua, Stephen, JoAnna, Jared and Hannah. Naomi was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Leonard and Maxine Covel; and her five brothers and sisters.

Visitation
Monday, January 4, 2016
2-4pm and 6-8pm
Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home: 1200 West Wheeler St. Midland, MI 48640

Service 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
10am Viewing
11am Celebration of Life service
12-2pm Luncheon
Midland Free Methodist Church: 5821 Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48640

Close friends and relatives may follow after lunch to the Homer Township Cemetery (1136 East Prairie Rd., Midland, MI 48640) for a brief prayer and graveside farewell.

The funeral service for Naomi will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, from the Midland Free Methodist Church, 5821 Eastman Ave. Interment will take place in Homer Township Cemetery. Naomi's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Free Methodist Church Library. waresmithwoolever.com. – See more here


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