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  1. When tomorrow starts without me And I am not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry The way you did today, While thinking of the many things, We didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place is ready, In heaven far above, And that I’d have to leave behind All those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye For all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do. It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while, I’d say good-bye and kiss you And maybe see you smile. But Then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, My heart filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From his great golden throne, He said, “This is eternity, And all I’ve promised you.” Today your life on earth is past, But here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow But today will always last, And since each day’s the same way There’s no longing for the past. You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true. Though there were times You did some things You knew you shouldn’t do. But you have been forgiven And now at last you’re free. So won’t you come and take my hand And share my life with me? So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we are far apart, For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart. Author unknown…

  2. Dancing with the Father basking in his light- I commend you with honor for putting up such a noble fight. Dancing with the Father basking in his glory- I commend you with love for living & telling His story. So rest in peace my dear Uncle- for I know you’re in a better place. And one day soon I will see you again- I will see you face-to-face. Love, Jennifer Jennifer Rankin Aug 17, 2006 Plainview, TX

  3. In Loving memory of my brother Jerry…I’m going to miss him dearly. Julie…my heart goes out to you, because I know you’ve just lost the love of your life and there’s an emptiness that we can’t fill…just remember the love he had for you…and he will always be with you in your heart. Love, Margie Margie Brigman Aug 17, 2006 Abilene, T

  4. Jerry, You are my hero! You endured w/dignity a 5 yr battle that, w/all of this world’s docs & scientists, should be won by now; your battle with cancer. I love you & I’m so glad I was able to come & spend precious time w/you in June. I wish I could have gotten to know you even better than I did because you were such an interesting guy to me. For Julie, and for those who are still here, I wrote this poem for Jerry awhile back & want to share it as it should be how we live our lives….REMEMBER TO EXPERIENCE -the sunsets of purple, pink, the butterflies that fly in front of you; the fireflies that light the summer sky at night; a little child’s enjoyment out of just flying a kite; the smell & sound of a refreshing summer rain; the sense of accomplishment when you exercise your brain; the sight & smell of a freshly baked pie; the love you feel when you look in Julie’s eyes; the beauty of a furry little kitten; the memory of sledding in winter & wearing your favorite mittens; REMEMBER the things that mean the most & forget about the rest! I will love you always Jerry. And Julie, you were such a joy to Jerry and I know he cherished his time w/you. Love to you both, your little sister, Jackie

  5. Jerry – I only knew you through the love, prayer, and concern of your sister, Jackie, but it is clear to me that you were courageous, a fighter, and a role model for how to live with dignity to all around you. I am so glad that Jackie was able to spend time with you and to be able to say good-bye. May God bless you in this world to come, and may God bless Julie and your extended family.

  6. I know from talking with Jackie of the fight you waged and the pain you endured. I feel certain that you felt blessed in your last days to have Jackie as your caring and loving sister. It is through her that I knew of your struggles. Godspeed to you and blessings to your family.

  7. Uncle Jerry, Thank you for showing me that there is a way to be wise, caring, thoughtful, tolerant, disciplined and fun, all rolled into one! You were an artist and a scientist, a rare breed of mind, heart, and soul. I can only aspire to be someone like you… Your nephew, Emilio Manzano

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