Rev. Dr. Dalton Jenkins (Son-In-Law)
We set aside time to celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman of God, Rev. Lurline Larmond. This giant in the Christian faith has tremendously impacted my life and ministry. Her timely and profound counsel has helped shaped my pastoral ministry. Rev. Larmond has influenced my life from a boy to today. Her legacy will live on in the future. Rev. Larmond has touched every stage of my life since the age of 7 years old. During my late teenage years and as a young adult, I witnessed, intimately, her being the stabilizing person in the birth of First UB Church. During those early days, she allowed me many opportunities to preach and teach the word of God in this new church. She demonstrated her love for God, the church and her family. Her deepest desire is to see the church grow through conversions. I dearly love and honor this mighty woman of God.
As a husband to her last baby (Jackie) she would always challenge me to love my wife and take of my family. Her simple advice were the ingredients that help me as a young husband. I admire the love and care that she and Deacon Larmond shared and wanted to make sure Jackie and I could share a similar relationship. She always treated me like her very own son. Throughout my college years, she has always encouraged me to finish college and do my best. I could see how pleased she was when I informed her of my various educational accomplishments. She was one of my most ardent supporters. The most challenging decision of my life was the decision to become a pastor and start a new church. It was her that I turn to, and she always provided godly counsel. Her instructions were simple but profound. Love God, love God’s people, preach the gospel, treat everyone right, pray and pray. When there were difficult decisions, I had to make regarding the ministry; I could always depend on her sound, frank and spiritual advice. She was a woman of great wisdom and understanding.
Rev. Larmond you have served the Lord well. Your race has ended, and your reward awaits you in heaven. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NKJV) applies to you, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” I salute you today! You have earned your place as a great woman of God. Your labor of love echoes across generations. As Matthew 25:23 (KJV) said, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
I love you! I will miss you dearly, but we will see each other again.