In Memory of Howard Tisdale » 25 October 1921 – 22 December 2013
Reverend Howard Tisdale passed away this past Sunday. Our Chaplin led his last devotional at JobSeekers just nine weeks ago – on his 92nd birthday. When I learned of his passing, three things came immediately to mind:
1. He loved the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind, and all his strength.
2. He loved his neighbor his he did himself – maybe even more than he loved himself.
3. He loved to teach and to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
It’s no coincidence the first two points are Jesus’ commands found in Matthew 22:37-40 and Mark 12:30-31. The third point about teaching is something I witnessed nearly every Friday for the past 13½ years.
Howard loved the working person. He counseled troubled co-workers in the 1950’s when he worked in Tullie, Greenland. He was Chaplin Counselor for Ryder Truck Lines for many years beginning in the 1960’s; the program he created at Ryder was a precursor to the modern-day employee assistance program (EAP). And he was one of the four founders of the JobSeekers of Peachtree City ministry over 15 years ago.
Whether he was leading the devotional, saying the closing prayer, or counseling someone in private, Howard loved to teach the gospel and he loved to share the love of God with others – even to the very last days of his life.
God, grant us the strength and determination to follow Howard’s Godly example.
Funeral services were held Friday 27 December 2013.
– Dave O’Farrell