This was the last song in a 50th Anniversary Tribute video I edited for Mr. and Mrs. Johnson 4 years ago. The entire family gathered to celebrate this milestone for such a fantastic, Christian couple.
Mr. Johnson was a great warrior for Christ, and enthusiastically shared his love for God with anyone who would listen. He always had a pocket full of tracts, and helped lead many people to The Lord.
He also kept a pen in his pocket that played Rocky Top! He was almost as enthusiastic for the Vols was he was for The Lord.
He began to show signs of Alzheimer’s and the family watched in despair as his jovial, sharp mind and quick wit began to deteriorate. It is the cruelest disease I can think of, as the sweet memories of a lifetime, all slowly disappear, along with recognition of where you are, what is happening, and even who your loved ones are.
He finally was released from this torment, to go home to his precious Lord at 3;10 pm, Friday, January 9th, 2915. My heart was broken, as my wife’s heart was shattered to see her daddy breathe his last breath.
We are all left to wonder why, sometimes, yet we know that His ways are higher than our ways, and we will never understand fully in this life. But we can be assured that Allen was greeted with, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And those of us who trust in The Lord will see him again someday.