Dayton was a good student, always polite and respectful. He had a gentle spirit and inviting smile. Sad to say, he is gone so soon.
Stephanie endured a lot in life but with her trust in God and a lot of hard work she graduated from Hope Gardens. She and her three boys transitioned out of Hope Gardens less than three years ago. They were one of the first House2Home recipients. Their family photo from that day is the banner picture on our Deed and Truth homepage.
Dayton graduated from high school in 2020 during the Pandemic and was looking forward to going to junior college. Deed and Truth purchased him a laptop to help him with his school work. Dayton turned 20 this year, but sad to say, he is gone too soon.
At the age of 14, Dayton was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It has been an up-and-down battle ever since. On July 27th his brother and best friend, Tre, found Dayton in his room unresponsive. He gave him CPR and called 911 immediately. Unfortunately, Dayton never regained consciousness. His family is devastated, heart-broken and grieving his passing.
Stephanie called upon Betty and I to preside over Dayton’s Memorial. This coming Tuesday we will be speaking at Dayton’s memorial service. We will be looking into a mother’s eyes in the front row who is having to say goodbye to her precious son just 20 years after welcoming him into the world. God never designed us to bury our own children. Can there be a greater suffering than losing your own child at such a young age?
Please pray for Stephanie, and her other boys, Tre, Rashaun, and Preston as they mourn his passing into eternity all so soon. Stephanie was not prepared financially to bear the financial burden of a funeral. She is about $1,000 shy of the funds needed. Deed and Truth would like to cover that cost. If you would like to help us ease Stephanie’s burden by making a donation please donate today and reference… Dayton.
“To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.”2 Corinthians 5:8
Anyone who dies in Christ “is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace.”Isaiah 57:1-2
Gone So Soon, that brings us such pain… Arriving in Glory so Soon, this is Dayton’s gain.
How difficult it is to navigate the emotions of both mourning our loss and rejoicing for his gain… at the same time.