Thursday, June 26, 2008

Letter to Anthony Davenport and Family

Thoughts of Anthony Davenport

When confronted with situations that are troubling and that revolve around the death of a loved one. One of the most important things that I think could ever be done for the family is to write my thoughts of the person who has passed. It seems to me to be more lasting than mere words.

The most prevalent memory I have of Anthony is that he was a kind, happy and sincerely courteous young man. He was a boy that was always smiling, even when he had troubles, he smiled. I remember talking to him once when he was having troubles at home. I listened as sometimes only a neighbor could do, and he seemed to have worked it out in his own head and we parted ways, smiling.

I remember when he started to play guitar. I think he saw some of our equipment and thought it was cool. Sort of like it was for me when I was a boy and had seen my first guitars. I could tell that the guitar would be a lifelong friend to him. It was fun to watch him learn and my guess is that he got pretty good. My children tell me that he played pretty well.

I will never forget how well he took care of his little sisters as he watched them. He was always very careful and responsible with them. He was a fine boy and a fine young man and was raised by a very loving family who are good friends of ours.

Anthony, we miss you and want you to know that we love you and know that our Heavenly Father is taking care of you now. May Heavenly Father bless your family and friends to know the peace that comes to those who believe on his name.

28 ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
Rest my little friend until we meet again.


Ralph Perez