'Tiger,' friend remembered
My tribute to this man is well-deserved, in a way overdue but also quite timely. It is inadequate as I could write pages of tribute, but he would not have wanted that. And again, most of all, it is totally in order and justified.
He was first and foremost a dedicated servant of our Lord. Now I am not in the business of “grading” people on their walks in faith. I heed the admonition quite well of Matt. 7:1 of “Judge not lest you be judged.” And although we humans tend to criticize and judge, we are warned not to do so. But on the other hand, I am not as reticent to share a compliment of a true leader of those with faith. This does not mean that those who are not referenced as being true men of God are not, but in this case, there is no doubt.
He was a biblical scholar in the truest sense of the word. He could quote scripture for just about any occasion or for any purpose. He was accurate when he did so. He could also give the etiology of the verses and their context as well as historical roots. He would share his knowledge as a deacon in his church and also as a teacher. He was not only a renowned Sunday School teacher, but he was so adept and deep in his knowledge that he would be called upon to actually teach teachers. He would take of his time to study in depth those who would then later teach lessons the following Sunday. Many of us who had the honor to know him were consistently amazed at his knowledge. He would do all of this, and much more to be shared, without seeking fame, honor or recognition.