Southeast Christian member Rob Greenrose got the call no one wants.
His 97-year-old grandmother called and said, “Rob, I don’t feel well. I think I’m dying.”
Greenrose rushed to Mamaw’s home. He sat on the edge of her bed and held her hand as she began talking about the past.
“I miss your Papaw. I miss Charlie and all my brothers and sisters,” she said.
“Mamaw, if you want to go home to be with Jesus and your family, it’s OK, we will be fine,” Greenrose replied.
With that, Mamaw smiled and took her last breath.
Greenrose’s grandparents, Don and Amanda Terry, and Uncle Charlie Terry played a huge formative role in his life. A a child, he spent summers at his grandparents’ Oldham County farm.
“It was a simple life,” Greenrose said. “I got away from everything else. We had horses, cattle and a garden. The men worked the farm. Mamaw took care of her men and served everyone. Those were the best times ever.”
Mamaw took her grandson to church and set a firm spiritual standard.
“I remember every night, after the men went to bed, Mamaw would pull out her Bible, writing journal and study materials to spend time with her Lord,” Greenrose added. “I will never forget that or her. I loved her and miss her.”
Growing up, Greenrose also learned practical examples of faith.
“At that farm, I learned how much God loves us,” he added. “Papaw loved his family, and he loved his farm. If one animal strayed away, he would rescue it. He always took great care of those animals. I know now Papaw’s love and care for his family and farm is an incredible example of how God loves us, cares for us and brings us back when we stray.”
Greenrose’s wife of 30 years, Susan, also held Mamaw in high regard.
“She was an amazing woman,” she said. “She knew the Bible inside and out. She was a humble prayer warrior who had an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Uncle Charlie also taught Greenrose life lessons.
“Charlie never left the farm his entire life, but he was very smart,” he said. “He was a hard worker. He too took great pride in the family, the farm, the garden and the animals. He taught me love for family, he taught me work ethic. We were very close.”
Last phone calls have been a pattern for Greenrose, whose grandfather and uncle died years ago.
“Papaw called me and asked me to come see him, but I was too busy with my friends,” he said. “He died the next day, and I was crushed. I thought I would never get over not going to see him.”
Later on, when Charlie became seriously ill, he too called Rob.
“I rushed to the hospital where he told me he just wanted to go home to the farm and die,” he said. “I considered it and could have done it, but I didn’t. Charlie died soon after, and I never thought I would get over not granting Charlie his last wish.”
Being with Mamaw as she died helped Greenrose forgive himself for not fulfilling the final wishes of his grandfather and uncle. Finally, he had been at the right place at the right time to say goodbye.
After those summers at the farm, Greenrose became a U.S. Army Ranger. He later built a successful business in Oldham County. The Greenroses have two children, Austin and Kristin, and a new granddaughter, Penelope.
Through five generations there seems to be one constant: Jesus Christ.
“Rob and I worked together for over 10 years,” said friend and Southeast member Mike Stoltz. “He’s a man’s man and a very hard worker. He has integrity, a servant’s heart and a firm, solid walk with the Lord.”
Papaw and Charlie would be proud. So would Mamaw.