She filled a room with her sunshine, mirroring Christ
I always felt like I was important
Her prayers, her interest
Made me feel special, a player

She always asked how you were
She meant her question
If you answered flippantly
She accepted that and accorded you respect

She was inquisitive about life
People genuinely interested her
She didn’t hide her feelings
Her thoughts about you were always for good

I miss her today
As I honor her passing
A Saint if there every was one
She truly inspired thoughts about Jesus

Her husband is my best friend
He still feels the pain of her untimely death
Each day without her sunshine
His ache increases and shows in his face

Her children are honorable, Godly men
Both raising children to be followers of Christ
They married wives like their mother
Beautiful, filled with the sunshine of Jesus

A wonderful family that misses their matriarch
She is celebrated today
Her life inspires me, it calls me to the best in me
Retia Dukes was an original now home with Christ

Clay Corvin

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was employed by NOBTS for 38 years. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren. His ministry is to the homeless and helpless seeking to promote the cause of Christ everyplace he travels.