Thursday, October 23, 2008

In Christ alone

Visitation for Daniel and the family will be on Friday evening, October 24, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cookeville Funeral Home with the funeral to follow at 12:00 p.m. Daniel will be buried in the Falling Springs Cemetery where my dad's parents and brothers are buried.

Below are directions to the funeral home:

From Interstate 40, take exit 286. Go north on Willow Avenue. Follow Willow Avenue to Jackson Street (no more than a couple of miles). Take a left on Jackson Street. The funeral home is on the left at the second traffic light.

My family just finished making Daniel's funeral arrangements, and I can tell you it was rough. But if Daniel could have spoken to us, he would have said something like, "You all are wearing me out; just make a decision!" Oh, how he'll be missed. In Christ alone we will stand.

God's best to you all,

Doug

41 comments:

Amy said...

Doug,
Thank for taking time to share this information in the midst of your grief. Words can't express how much Daniel will be missed and how sorry I am for your loss. This blog could and should be turned into a book. It's a story of faith and such love for a brother.

Anonymous said...

He is probably also saying "If you only knew... I 'm just going home Your prayers have been answered,
my sickness is gone. Things look much better from Heavens view,
the sun always shines we're having a time if you only knew!" This is sung by The Inspirations and it always gives me great comfort. Your family will continue to be in my prayers and also the prayers of people all over the US.

tootie said...

Doug, I am Lizzy's mom - yours and Daniel's faith have been such an inspirtion throughout this long illness. I will never forget your wonderful words. Daniel is in an amazing place with peace at last. My thoughts and prayers are with you all,
Tootie

Tiffany Madish said...

Doug and Family, I'm so sorry and terribly saddened to hear of Daniel's passing. I can only imagine that he is rejoicing in Heaven now, and I wonder what that is like for him. He will certainly be missed.
I am holding you all near to my heart in prayer, and asking that Jesus lift each of you up during this heartbreaking time for you.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
In His Loving Name,
Tiffany Madish

Sandy Webster said...

Doug, Becky, and family,
Jason and I learned of Daniel's passing from Randy on our way home from vacation today. Daniel was part of our lives during a very special time for us. It was a pleasure to meet both of you at our last visit with Daniel. Thank you for allowing us to spend time with him that night. We will continue to pray for you all. Daniel will be missed by so many. I am so thankful that we do have the promise of seeing him again!
Praying for you,
Jason and Sandy Webster - Knoxville

Anonymous said...

I really don't know what to say except that my prayers are with the family. There is a verse in Isaiah 57:1 that comforts me when I don't understand why God permits things to happen to His people. Daniel was His, we know that because of his testimony. Again, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing your son and brother with me. Carolyn

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful son and brother.God needs some of the good ones,and from what i have heard about Daniel,he sure has another good one.You all will see him again,that is Gods promise.God bless all of you in this time of sorrow.Love to all of you.A friend you have never met.ASM

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Daniel was an amazing person with such a testament of faith. I was blessed to attend graduate school with him at Vanderbilt. He has inspired so many people during this time through his devotion to God, his family and faith. May God give you all peace and understanding during this time and the comfort of His loving arms.

Tamara Batson

Anonymous said...

Doug and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Daniel was such an amazing person and physician, I was so comfortable with him from the time I first met him. He was so caring and concerned for everyone he knew. What a blessing he made here on earth and what blessings he is recieving now, Praise God for His servant, Daniel. He will be missed. My heart goes out to you all, may you all have peace knowing that he is in a much better place, with HIS FATHER. God bless you all and thank you Doug for this blog. Nancy Tobola

Anonymous said...

Doug,

It is some consolation to know that Daniel is no longer in pain and that he is in the arms of his Lord now. And yet, it is still quite difficult to bear. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. If you get a chance, would you please post where memorials should be sent? I sense an overwhelming outpouring of love and thanksgiving for the gift that Daniel has been to us all is headed your way.

Peace,
Michelle +

Robert Marascalco said...

Doug and family, I will miss Daniel so much and look forward to serving and worshiping our Father in His kingdom. The only comfort we have now is knowing that Daniel received his healing and no longer endures ant pain. Oh how my heart aches knowing that I never got to hold his hand and tell him thank you so much for all that he brought my family. Even as I laid in my bed getting prepaird for surgery Daniel texted me a prayer and told me to stay strong and keep my eyes upon the cross and that was on Sept. 4th. I just wanted so bad to tell him in person what he meant to me. Even now as I know yall are laying our brother to rest I'm in constant grief that I can't be there. I know you didn't know me and I only knew Daniel for a short period of time but what he did for me changed my life forever, and forever I will be grateful. His blog should be turned into a book and distributed as a test of faith as we all fall short of the Glory of our Father, Jesus. But Daniel never looked the other way and had a faith so strong that encourages so many. Please except my apologies for not being there today but rejoice that we will all be together again when Jesus comes for us soon. I end this today with the lyrics that I think sum up Daniel's life from Casting Crowns :

Empty Hands held high
Such Small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you

Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign your name
to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Let my lifesong sing to You

LORD, I give my life
A Living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Let my lifesong sing to You

I love you all and lift Daniel and you Doug and family up in prayer with empty open hands praying that your grief will be helped by the Holy Spirit. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Robert Marascalco

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this blog. Amy is right--it would be a great book. Our hearts are with you, especially today, even though we can't be there for the funeral. Daniel was SO loved and will be greatly missed.
Laurie Wright Tucker "TCS mom"

Chrystal said...

Doug,
I didn't know Daniel as well as I do you, Becky, Jeff and P.D. I bowled with him a few times and talked to him. Although he is no longer in pain and no longer suffering, I will always wonder how my mother-in-law can become cancer free at her age, yet at such a young age, (a mere 7 years older than me) Daniel didn't make it. Only God knows that answer. I have been keeping up with Daniel's blog. He was such a blessing to me, just through reading his testimony. Everyday, I would read and praise Him for His glory and everlasting love. I continue to pray for you and the family. Much love and blessings,

Chrystal Phillips

Anonymous said...

Doug,
I am so sorry for your loss for you and your family. When all settles you and your family should publish a book Called : Cancer doesn't care how much you exercise: This line was from one of his very first blogs, that I read. What a true statement. I received the information about Daniel through a dental co-worker. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

Julie-Liverpool, NY

lizzy said...

Doug,
We love you and your family and are here for you now... You did an amazing job testifing to Daniel's beautiful life, unto The Lord! We can't stop talking about Daniel and all he means to us and how much we'll miss him, and we are sure glad we have you, Becky, Jeff, Emma and Pat to talk with about all our memeories of him too... we love you all.
Lizzy

Rochelle said...

Doug, Becky, P.D. & Mrs. Smith,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you are at peace knowing that Daniel is in his glorious home in heaven. I am so blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed. I will continue to send my prayers in the coming days, weeks and months to help you through the times of sorrow. You all are the picture perfect example of what a wonderful family is. I have never seen more love and dedication then I saw between all of you.

JenP said...

Doug,
Thank you for sharing so kindly and bravely with all who gathered Saturday for Daniel's funeral. I cannot imagine how hard it was to share in your grief--and you led so well in words and song. It was a testament to your love for Daniel and your family. Everything pointed to our Gracious Savior and the hope we have in him and him alone. Your family is precious--just as Daniel always spoke of you--and you remain in my prayers.
Jen Cox Pinkner

louveteau said...

Thank you for this story of Faith. I'm a swiss guy who loves bluegrass, and a lot of other stuff from the States, and from TN particularly. While I was reading some of Daniel's blog I had in my head the words of one song "I will see you again for this isn't the end." Yes Daniel I'm sure we'll meet there at His presence.

blountunited said...

I recently heard his story at a college worship service at my church and it is impossible with any form of words to describe how much his life has moved me and changed my life. just knowing that he went through all that without losing his an ounce of his faith is breathtaking. i was crying. for the reason that such an amazing person who had such a love for Christ has past, but it made me look upon myself. his and Gods words helped me realize that God is always with me no matter what the circumstances! i wish with all my heart that i could some how express my gratitude to daniel for how much his life has inspired me to live a better life for God and to trust in Him always. Thank you

Tammy said...

Doug and family,
Words have been really hard to place for me the past few days. You are all in my heart and prayers daily as you walk thru this time of grief. You are all such a strong testament of faith! We were all blessed to have known Daniel, he was blessed with all of you there by his side every day. He is basking in the glory and victory in Jesus now and did receive his healing. Daniel is "walking with our Holy Friend" at this time. He sang of that in one of his songs that I hold dear to my heart. He has received that peace from the Perfect Prince... what a way with words from our dear Daniel. My heart breaks - only for selfish reasons. You will all remain our dear "MS Family". We love you all.
Tammy and the MS Family

Robert & Tara Kadunce said...

To Daniels Family & Friends,

I am a young recent cancer survivor that found great inspiration and strength in your brother's words. When I read this news I couldn't help but cry. I have scriptures he's posted still written on little sticky notes attached to my computer monitor. I use them to remind me that God has always been with me throughout my suffering. Daniels testimony inspired me to become close to God over these past months and I will miss reading his words of faith and inspiration.

Sincerely,

Robert & Tara Kadunce

Domique Boutique said...

Doug,
This is Tricia Frasier. Just a few weeks ago I found out that Daniel had cancer at a Bible study. Then I found out he had a blog. I logged on this morning to find out how he was doing, I couldn't believe it. As soon as I found out about the cancer I began praying. Daniel was so good to me, and my children. He not only treated us medically but he was so caring. I cannot imagine what you and your family are going through. I will continue to pray for you. Daniel's words are such an inspiration.

Robert Marascalco said...

Doug, oh how I miss our brother. Sitting here listening to Daniels' song Burn In Me. I feel robbed as all of us do. Daniel was such a better man than me and I continue to struggle with why one son id taken and the other left. Only our Father can answer these things. I have humbbled my heart to serve as God has seen for me to do. Even from the grave Daniel's words minister to our hearts and will continue to for all our years. I long for the day to raise my hands and worship Jesus with you and Daniel one day all together. I dream offten now of what heaven will be like and long for the day He comes for us. This blog has and will bring people to Christ and I beilve that is how God and Daniel want it to do. I wished so hard right now and I know you do too that we could just talk to Daniel again but we will ! We both have jobs to do and God will show us the way He wants us to move more people to the cross. Show me peace as You walk with me, burn in me as Daniel sang it. AMEN AMEN AMEN Love to you all Doug and family. We continue to lift you all up everyday in prayer. We love you all, Robert

Rochelle said...

One month ago today, heaven got a new angel. We will always miss Daniel. My prayers continue to be with the family. I look forward to seeing Becky & Doug soon. All of their friends are out here for them when needed.

Tiffany Madish said...

Hi Doug and Family, I just want to let you know that you are all in my prayers as you spend your first holiday without your beloved Daniel. I hold you close in my thoughts daily.
Please let me know if you need anything.
Tiffany Madish

Robert Marascalco said...

Happy Thanksgiving Doug and family. Oh how I have so much to be thankful for this year. I only got to see and catch only a small part of something so great and so loving. The mark Daniel left on us all will last through this life and the next. His faith touched so many people and will bring many to their knees in remembrance of our Savior. Please take great joy in knowing that his story will live on forever and remind of how short this life is and what our job to do is God's works as we were commanded. I don't know why I was sparred and Daniel not and thats hurts me so deep. I feel cheated and robbed of a special friend that was still needed in our eyes here. I have so much regret not seeing Daniel's eyes and to thank him in person for what he did for me. I miss him and give Thanks to our Lord and Daniel and Doug this Thanksgiving for being such loving great friends and support. I wish you all well and pray for you all everyday. Robert

ashley said...

I just wanted to let you all know that I am praying for all of you during this difficult season. I am so thankful to have known such a wonderful friend as Daniel. I will always hold you all close to my heart and continue in prayer for our Lord's peace to fill your hearts.

JenP said...

Doug,
You and your family have been on my heart so much in these last weeks. I pray that God strengthen you as only he can in the midst of pain. May he be the Wonderful Counselor to your questions. May he be the Mighty God which gives you strength and hope. May his arms wrap around you as he is the loving Everlasting Father who provides for your needs and will never forsake you. And, in the midst of sorrow as the world buzzes around in activity, may he remind you that he is the Prince of Peace.
with love,
Jennifer Cox Pinkner

Anonymous said...

My prayers continue to be with all of you in this glorious season of our Lord. I continue to miss Daniel very much and am still so greatful and blessed from knowing him as many are. Blessings to you all for shareing such a wonderful person with us. Going to the doctors office is still very hard knowing he won't be there. May God continueally give you all strength and courage to go on. In His precious Holy Name. Nancy Tobola

Anonymous said...

As Christmas draws near, I continue to think about and pray for your family. I know it must be so difficult to celebrate when someone is missing from the table, but we know that God is always the filling for the hole. May he fill you with his presence and peace this holiday season. God bless you all! Much love.

Tiffany Madish said...

Hello Doug and Family, as this Christmas arrives I continue to think of your family and pray for you and your continued healing. I can only imagine how much you're missing Daniel right now. I sure do miss reading his words of inspiration.
In Loving Christ,
Tiffany Madish

Beth & Travis Dunlap said...

Doug,
We are praying for you and your family today! Beth & Travis

Robert Marascalco said...

Doug I know it's been a while since we have talked and I know this has been a very hard time of the year to be without our loved one Daniel. I miss him and our conversations. Kim is having a small out patient surgery this morning and I am having such a conviction of my heart right now just re-thinking the year of 2008. We are still here and many are not. We still have work to do and look at how many people still visit and read Daniel's story. Oh how I pray that there will be un-countable numbers of people won over to God through this humble servant of God. I love you brother and you call on me anytime you need me and I will be there. No matter the time or place. I keep reading over and over this testament of God's will in just one man and how it has touched so many lives. With all my heart and love brother Daniel may you now have everlasting peace that you sang about. Let that same peace give us now some relief of the sorrow we now indure in missing you. AMEN!

Sandy Webster said...

Doug, Becky, and family,
I've been thinking about you all so much through the holidays. We are continuing to pray for your family as you make your way through the grief of losing Daniel. I can't even begin to imagine what you all must be feeling, but our prayers are with you always.
Sandy and Jason Webster

Anonymous said...

Doug and family,

I am praying for you all as the new year begins. I lost my sister in 2008 as well. There is nothing anyone can say, only the words of our Savior, that give comfort. Please continue Daniel's story. Tell and retell it as often as you can. What an inspiration to all. I hope you someday get to tell us all about Daniel's last days. I'm sure he didn't leave us with a message!!! ELR

Anonymous said...

As the new year begins, know that you are not leaving Daniel behind. You can share his story with all who listen. His blog is a testament to the love and power of our Lord. When you have a chance, please post the story of Daniel's last days. I'm sure we will all be amazed once more!

Anonymous said...

Doug and Family,
Thank you so much for this blog. I keep checking it and hope that when time permits you will be able to tell us more and I also hope that a book is made for everyone to read. There are so many lost souls out there that I am sure when they read the book, WHAT A DIFFERENCE will be made in their lives and so many lost souls will become SAVED SOULS.
My prayers continue to be with you all for strength in this New Year. May Gods Love richly Bless you all.
Daniels friend
Nancy Tobola

stacy beam said...

I just found out about your sweet brother's passing. I worked with him at Dollywood and was not good at keeping in touch. I am so sorry. He was a great man.

ashley said...

I still check the blog consistently! I am waiting for more! There are things that come up all the time that remind me of things he wrote here. I am daily grateful for the time I had with Daniel and the impact he made on this world for the kingdom of God! I pray my life will be remembered and celebrated the same way!

Nancy Tobola said...

just checking, you are all still in my prayers and still missing Daniel

Tiffany Madish said...

Hey Doug, just wanted to let you know that I still think about you and your family often. I've been keeping you guys in my prayers. I hope you all are doing ok.
Tiffany Madish