Rev. Scott Emmons
Our dear friend Scott Emmons went home to be with the Lord on September 5th, 2017. Scott has been a gracious and wonderful friend and supporter of Refuge Pregnancy Center and our ministry. His wife Debbie has served side by side with us for many years. All of our staff, volunteers and board of directors here at Refuge would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Emmons family in this time of mourning.
However, we want to assure them that Scott’s legacy of Christ-like love and mercy will live on here at Refuge for many years to come.
Scott-We will miss you.
The Emmons family has requested in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to The Refuge Center in his name. A memorial fund has been set up if you would like to make a donation.
Our beloved friend Joan Matthews went home to be with the Lord recently. Joan gave her heart and grace to everything she did. Refuge Pregnancy Center was blessed to have her beautiful smile and warm heart with us as a volunteer for 3 years, from 2008-2011. She had a passion and mercy filled heart for women suffering from post-abortive trauma. Joan was a beautiful soul and will be missed dearly by her Refuge friends and her beloved family.
In lieu of flowers, the Matthews family has requested that a memorial fund be set up in honor and memory of Joan Matthews. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so here.
"Today" A Poem by Joan Nix Matthews-1972
Life goes by and we hurry through it Seldom realizing, we can't renew it. One minute, on hour, one night, one day
And soon tomorrow is on it's way. It's always tomorrow in many's eyes, And we fail to see the blue in today's skies.
We plan and wait, fear and hesitate Tomorrow comes; it's too late. For someone feels and someone sees,
It's today that counts, today the breathes. Just as yesterday dies, Tomorrow has not yet lived. Today counts most when we give. Our Precious Lord from up above Gave us this day to LIVE To LOVE And if we let it pass us by;
TODAY as YESTERDAY will die. (an excerpt from "Embracing Love" authored by Joan Matthews)
In honor and memory of our friend and co-worker, we at AT&T are collecting a donation for a cause near and dear to Mike's heart. Mike and his wife have been long time supporters and donors to The Refuge Center.
Mike wholeheartedly believed in the Refuge mission "To serve families with Christ-like compassion, by offering support, guidance and education in times of physical, emotional and spiritual need for promoting healthy pregnancy, birth and lifestyle."
Julius Rainwater, age 93, died December 30, 2018 at his Senior Community, The Oaks of Towne Lake, in Woodstock, Georgia. He was born into a large, loving family on March 19, 1925. He is preceded in death by his sweetheart, Gloria Welch Rainwater, whom he married in 1945. Gloria was a volunteer Client advocate at Refuge Pregnancy Center for several years. Julius and Gloria were great friends and supporter of Refuge and our pro-life mission to Encourage, Educate and and Equip the families of our community.
We want to thank the Rainwater family for remembering Refuge during this time of sorrow. We will be praying for the Lord's peace on all of those who mourn this wonderful man.
Rev. Herman R. Goddard, age 87, of Covington, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019. A longtime resident of Newton County, Rev. Goddard was employed with Bibb Manufacturing for over 20 years before going into the ministry. As pastor of Gaithers United Methodist Church in Covington, it was under his guidance and leadership that the church grew from only a handful of members to a congregation of over eight hundred. In his earlier days, Rev. Goddard enjoyed camping, working in his garden and traveling. For the past four years he and his wife, Grace, were well cared for by the loving and attentive staff at Merryvale Assisted Living in Covington. Rev. Goddard was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Allen; son, Rick Goddard; parents, Forrest A. and Effie C. (Turner) Goddard; sister, Lois Dalton; and brothers, F.A. Goddard, Harold Goddard.
We want to thank the Goddard family for remembering Refuge during this time of sorrow. We will be praying for the Lord's peace on all of those who mourn this wonderful man.