Originally created 11/10/99

Notes facet of golfer's life omitted

I don't know if you had an opportunity to tune in on the memorial service for Payne Stewart, but it was one of the most moving experiences that I have had in a long time.

Speaker after speaker rose to tell of their love for Mr. Stewart and to relate experiences that they had had with him, both humorous and serious. Nearly everyone told of Mr. Stewart's "spiritual rebirth" and of his faith and belief in God through Jesus Christ and how Mr. Stewart had surrendered his life to Jesus and what a change had been made in his life and his family and his priorities.

It was almost like an old fashioned revival in which testimonies were given about what a change had come about in people's lives when they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

It was interesting to note that, even though this facet of Mr. Stewart's life was almost central in the memorial service, when I read the Associated Press review of the service in the Saturday morning paper, there was scarcely any mention made of this part of the memorial service. I wonder why?

Edward D. Ricketson Jr., Warrenton


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