Dear Dr. Warfield and entire family, I attend CPC church in Virginia and your beloved Pastor Warfield, Jr. is my pastor. Please accept our deepest condolences for your very sad loss. My own family, the Whonders, unexpectedly lost our beloved father/husband/grandfather back in 2016 and Pastor Warfield, who was the pastor at Immanuel Temple in Durham NC, graciously allowed us to have the funeral services at his church, when my father's own church Gethsemane and sister church to Immanuel burned down. I had the brief opportunity to meet Melvyn then and my family (son, nieces, nephews, mother) all know Pastor Melvyn well. The days are blurred, I know, as you try to reconcile what this loss means. Feeling it deeply and unsure of what life looks like now that the center of your home is resting awaiting Jesus return. We understand it intellectually - but the day to day reality of his absence hurts - a deep aching hurt and a the urgent desire to have him in our presence and 'back to normal' remains. I can only share how we have coped. His words and actions come back to us daily. Those remembrances of 6 am worship, or admonishments to be aware of bad company, the stern looks from the pulpit when my sisters were acting up during church, the little nuggets of support when we were having a bad day (Did you know you can pray, even at noon?). They bond us, they root us. Our captain has gone, but what he instilled, the family he developed, the love and elevation he showed to my mother - as he once said, these walls bear witness of his dedication as a servant of God to minister, first to his family and then to others. I say all of this just to offer you encouragement, to send you the most sincere virtual hug and remind you that we, born and begotten of our Lord Jesus Christ, are your family too and cry with you and stand with you. May the God of our faith grant you peace and strength, draw you closer to Him and continue to bless you. Thank you. God bless.
- Karen Whonder
To Mrs. Warfield, Adrienne, Melvin and Family...We are praying for you during this difficult time and I wish that I could be there to put my arms around you.
- Sherri Gardner
Pastor Warfield and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincerest condolences for the loss of your dad. We pray God would sustain you during this difficult time. Elder Claudette Haynes & Rosemarie
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