Paul Bryant has crossed the Finish Line

By now, my friend has heard these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Paul passed from a life of service to the Lord here on earth and into the glorious presence of King Jesus on August 12. We were blessed beyond description to attend his memorial service yesterday at Crossroads Restoration Church in West Chicago, along with more than 100 of Paul’s closest friends and family. And though we celebrated his life and comforted each other, there were no dry eyes as his daughter Valerie danced to the song “Butterfly Kisses” and son Michael read his original essay about visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame with his dad. I have not been to a more meaningful memorial service or funeral — full of music and carefully selected pictures for the slide shows, and the eulogies given by pastor and fraternity brothers and friends were so personal and so full of love.

Dear Kate, allow God’s peace and grace to carry you along through these days — know without a doubt that this tribute to Paul was precious and so full of honor and joy. We will be praying for you. We love you.

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