Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hebrew 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Precious loved ones and friends, Frank has completed the run set before him. And he finished the race with honor, courage and dignity.

Frank went to be with the Lord early this morning. He passed away in my arms as I held him close and with our children with him. Our hearts are broken. Yet we know that he is in no more pain, and rejoicing with his Saviour, his Comforter, his Healer, and his friend.

Yesterday was the best day Frank has had in a while. We played hookie from radiation, and the new pain meds did indeed give him relief yesterday. He enjoyed the nice day on the porch for several hours. He told us funny stories, and watched a movie last night he'd been wanting to see for a week.

We will post more information about the service when it is planned.

As I know you will - our precious prayer warriors - keep our whole family in your prayers.

Thank you for walking this road with us. Frank and I thanked God for you so often.

In His grace, Peggy


Anonymous said...

Peggy filled with sorrow but rejoicing knowing that Frank is with his sweet Lord. I will pray that you and the children will feel the embrace of our Father. Love you much. Paula

Sarah Miles said...

Know that you all are being lifted up in prayer constantly, to our precious Father. How wonderful to know that Frank lived out his faith throughout this journey.
Much love,
Sarah (Wilson) Miles

Anonymous said...

What an honor and priviledge it has been to be a tiny part of this journey with all of you. Continuing to pray for you all and praising the Lord for Frank's life! Well done, good and faithful servant!

With much love,
Bobby, Sheri, Cassidy, Dustin & Dannah

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Peggy: how we love you and your precious kids! We praise God and thank you for the privilege of being able to walk through this journey with you all! Although our hearts are so very heavy, we are rejoicing that Frank is now with his dear Lord!
All Our Love,
Allen, Lou, Jane Howell & Jim

Anonymous said...

The angels must be rejoicing to be in Frank's company now. What a wonderful man! He and you and your family have exhibited more faith than most of us can imagine. You are in my prayers and I know God will continue to comfort you and your family.
Much love,

Leslie Beasley Mitchell said...

Peggy, Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Frank was such a wonderful person. I know that he is in a much better place with God and is not suffering anymore. I can only imagine how happy he is right now being in heaven with God and being re-united with Big Frank! All my love....Leslie

Anonymous said...

Our hearts are also broken. We love all you guys so much. What a superbly beautiful testimony for Jesus Christ was the journey of life for Frank Carlton. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Hidalgos, Fort Myers, FL

Bob Lawrence said...


I was so terribly saddened to hear, yet my tears since learning of his journey home have been sweetened by God. I find myself here alone in my office, so far away, able only to rejoice and celebrate this wonderful husband of yours and brother in Christ of mine. His faith and love of the Lord was and truly remains, his greater purpose - and he found that through you. His love for you and your children shined through every moment, Peggy and will live deep inside each of you forever. There is little to say other than you are so greatly loved by all of those around you and by many far away, like me. He is home and he will be shining down on you every day, for he truly is not gone. His love in Christ has given him eternal life.

All my love,

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, the kids and the rest of the family. What incredible Christian examples all of you have been.
(Mark & Lesley Regenhardt and Matt Dotson)

David Morris said...

My prayers are with you and your precious children. Frank finished strong and is completely whole in the arms of Jesus. What a wonderful man. I am so glad I got to know and laugh with him.

Anonymous said...

Peggy and children, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I worked at Elliott where I first met Frank. He was always smiling. I know that he will continue to smile on you and the children. And I know that God is by your side during this leg of the journey. May you all feel the love and peace of Christ always! Elizabeth Vaughn and family

Anonymous said...

tho the battle was lost, the war was won 2000 years ago....

amy said...

Peggy, I am praying for you and your family. So glad to hear you all had a good time together yesterday...and to know that he is now with both his earthly father and his heavenly Father at the same time...I can only imagine!
Love you and your sweet family!
Amy Hale

Michele said...

Peggy, thank you for sharing Frank & your family with us. Our hearts are broken with you. You & yours will be in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

To the Carltons... Thank you for your testimony. Thank you for sharing this most intimate time with the people at Hope Church. Your story has touched so many lives. Frank had a great smile. He obviously adored his family.
Jesus said he would never leave us and today Frank sees that so clearly. I thank God for all of you. May God wrap you in his perfect love and surround you in peace. Stephen L. Hale

Mary Littman said...

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to witness this incredible journey of a good and honest man who changed all our of lives.
With love and sadness,

Michael, Mary, Ryan and Robert Littman

Anonymous said...

It was an honor to know such a bright spot in this world. Glad the pain is gone for him but ours still hurts. Our prayers are with you and the children. Carlton said she was glad to kiss his head once more. Love in him, Robert, Carlton and West

Shannon Ray said...

Oh Peggy! I am so sorry to hear of your most precious loss today! Wow! what a incredible journey you 2 have been on and to think he is now sitting at the feet of our sweet Jesus and I can hear him saying to Frank. Welcome Home Son, well done my good and faithful servant! You have been so blessed and I am so glad that we had the blessing to have met him!! I will keep you and your children in my daily prayers and will just ask the Lord to hold you and comfort you like no one else can!! Love you and will be in touch! xoxox

Anonymous said...

Peggy and family: Our hearts are broken for you. We are so thankful to have known Frank and watched him live out his faith. We will never forget his courage. You all have touched many lives and shown that with God's help there is hope in all circumstances. May God comfort you now and hold you all very close. Love, Sam & Margaret Martin

Anonymous said...

Peggy just wanted you and your family to know I am praying for all of you. I know that Frank is home with Jesus and that God is watching over you now and always. Leigh V.

Misti Mauceli Lewis said...

You probably do not know me but I knew your - wonderful , funny husband and he was so uplifting to everyone he was around! I can only imagine him in his full glory in Heaven making everyone smile! He was a true blessing to everyone he met and such a kind soul! I will keep you and your family in my prayers! Take care and keep the faith!
Misti Mauceli Lewis

emma jane said...

I cannot imagine what you are feeling right now. Frank has left a legacy of unwavering faith that I will try to live up to for all my days. Know that I've been praying for you all and will continue to pray for comfort and peace from the only one who can give it to us. I read a verse last week that has been a beautiful reminder of the mysterious works of our Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

He brings us from glory to glory in this life... to be more like Him. What a wonderful thought to think of on this day. Praying for you always.
In Christ's unfailing mercy,

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers have been with you and the kids all day today. My heart breaks for you all; there will be such a void with Frank not physically being here. What a blessing it is that our hearts can still smile remembering Frank and knowing he is with Jesus, with a new body, and feeling no pain. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, helping us to trust God in all things. Hugs and love to you,

Melanie Howell said...

I am terribly sorry for your and your children s loss of such a wonderful husband and father. I just want you to know your family is in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Peggy and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.May god be with you during this time,to comfort you and your family.Love,Marya Haynes

Anonymous said...

Peggy and kids,I am forever changed and stronger in my faith because of the friendship that formed over the years!!! Frank imprinted his smile forever in my heart!! My thoughts and prayers are with you guys, may the the lord surround you with his arms just as he has around Frank!!I miss and love you guys very much!!Tonight there is a new Angel in town!! Heather

Mitch Dunn said...

Peggy, I saw both you and Frank come into the church service a couple of weeks ago and the Lord prompted me to pray for you and your family. I knew in my heart Frank would be going home soon. My prayer today is to say good for Frank. He is in the presence of Jesus. But I know you and your children must be spiritually, emotionally and physically depleted. I pray for strength for you over the coming weeks and months as you adjust. I pray that only good memories will flood the minds of your children. I thank God for the testimony that you and Frank have displayed before Hope and the world. I pray for rest, joy and peace for you Peggy. You are the one who needs it because Frank is complete.
God bless you,
Mitch Dunn

Anonymous said...

Peggy, I am praying for you and your precious children. Frank is home and you will all be together again. All my Love, Chrissy

Joe Harris said...

What an amazing display of faith. Frank has been blessed with eternal life. He will be sending his blessings down to Peggy, his wonderful children and all who knew him. What an amazing example of Christian Faith displayed by this family. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you.

Joe & Denise Harris

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how honored I am to know Frank and your family. What an amazing testimony you gave as your put your lives in the Hands of God. Frank emailed me just this past Friday and I cherish that. My constant thought is of the words to a song "I will gaze upon the throne of the King, frozen in my step" I know Frank is with our King. Love and thoughts to you all. Vicki Johnson

Lisa Zyriek said...

Frank was such a warrior and was a hero to so many. Thank you for sharing your lives in such detail so that we could keep up with your family. We were blessed to know Frank and have you in our prayers and thoughts and you and your children press on. Praise the Lord he is in Heaven and having time with Jesus!

Clifton Griffin said...

Peggy and family,
I know that you don't know me, but I knew Frank in G'ville and at MSU. His incredible love of people brought many good times to all of us who knew him. He was simply incredible! I hadn't seen Frank in years, but I know that he coninued to make everyone slime. Now, he is in a peaceful place and still making 'em smile. My best to you and your children.