"Keep faithful, and I will give you the crown of life."- Revelations 2:10 Crowned in glory, splendor, and love, William Bradford Lemon entered Eternal Life on September 6, 2021.
Brad was a man who could often be seen sporting something atop his crown; a bulldog, a cowboy, or a boating hat. All of them an example of the many loves and passions he shared in life. While the enthusiasm for events are evidence of his pleasure; Brad is better known for the hat of travel he wore in his generous attitude he shared toward all those he knew. His ability to see others through grace filled lenses was evident, in that he did not look at the differences, he looked for the good.
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."- Abraham Lincoln
Brad was devoted to a life of simplicity, not to overcomplicate, but to live in that very moment, sharing in simple joys, and simple pleasures. His approach to a new day was a fresh and open one, allowing it to unfold with no fixed ideas on the outcome. His genial attitude and love for laughter were part of his nourishing spirit; Brad was all about a good story or a joke to keep himself loose and pliable.
"The greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude."- Viktor Frankl
Brad is known for his resourcefulness to engineer, to invent, or to artfully contrive a way of problem solving or managing a project. His ingenuity is more affectionately seen in his attitude to encourage by his positive perspective and his ability in turning it around; to turn a bad into a good, a misfortune into a fortune, a difficulty into a benefit... This attribute reached new heights as he encountered deep personal losses. While dealing with a sorrowful loss can take its toil on the heart, Brad, with an able body, spirit and mind, equipped a family of 7 to become a family of 11. In the mystery of tragic loss, there is great love. Thankful for the quality of inspiration; of turning a suffering into a blessing. "Go big or go home," this trite remark has relevance to this Lemon/Wesson family; and while it was not one or the other, they received both. They went for the Big home and for the win of experiencing Big love.
"Every man shall give as he is able...- Deuteronomy 16:17
The many hats of Brad were worn in the able spirit of giving. He was not out to attain a victory wreath, a high achieving award, or an ornamental crown; he was content being a simple man doing the actions of Gods simple math in "sowing and reaping." He was able to give by seeing the unseen; he would believe and trust in those, which others may doubt or question. He was able to give love with his generous smile. He was able to give by keeping his talk of others positive.
"A gesture of love always leaves a mark on us."- Flannery O'Connor
Thankful for the spirit of Brad Lemon, for the collection of crowns Brad wore with certain distinctions, and for those stories being held "under one's hat." I pray the impact of generous love he shared will come back tenfold into our world. I pray the impact of Brad's positive perspective can be seen and felt as a legacy gift; one we will feel encouraged to impart into our lives and others.
The Lemon Wesson Family are very appreciative of the prayers, kind words, and thoughts from so many friends... we are celebrating the legacy of attitude and gratitude Brad taught us along the journey. He’s found the peace only shared with us through Christ.
We are holding off on a Celebration of Life until we can gather safely, we hope this is soon. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the “Lord is My Help” or Parkinson’s Foundation
As Dad would say, “Stay tuned”.