October 30, 1978 – June 12, 2014
Dave Mallicoat’s memory was honored in a beautiful service Monday at the Mt Juliet church building. DeWayne Griffin began the service by telling of his visits to Dave while he was in Mt Juliet Health Care. Grif explained that the visit would begin by him walking into the room saying, “Dave, hey man, I love you.” And Dave would return the love. One visit Dave wanted Grif to help him with his TV, to which Grif was unable to accomplish to Dave’s satisfaction. Melissa showed up at the perfect time. Grif said when she walked in the room, he will never forget how David looked at her and said, “Love you.” When she walked over to his bed to help with the TV, David reached out to Melissa and grabbed her knee, to which Grif responded, “I’m gonna leave now!” The audience enjoyed Grif’s humorous and loving memories. Todd Elliott did a masterful job of comforting the family and friends and honoring the memory of David. He began by explaining that Dave is free from the body that held him, somewhat like a prisoner. He further explained that during our time on earth there are mountains and valleys. Life is a continual series of events. Below are some days when major events unfolded in David’s life.
October 30, 1978 – The Mallicoats welcomed home a newborn boy naming him David. Children truly are a gift from God. David blessed so many throughout his life on earth.
August 1999 – Dave joined the Marines. There his strength was challenged and resolve tempered. There he also met men who became a brotherhood who stood by him in good days as well as the more difficult days. Todd told about one day while he was visiting Dave, he was not wanting to eat the meal being fed to him. At that moment a big marine walked in and asked, “What is the problem here?” They explained Dave didn’t want to eat. His Marine brother said, “Give me that spoon.” Dave ate every bite!
September 28, 2002 – Melissa and Dave took vows of Holy Matrimony. This union would produce a beautiful family. They would fulfill their vows in a way that served as an example to us all.
August 4, 2005 – Rylee was born.
June 2, 2004 – Katelyn was born. Dave loved his beautiful and talented girls.
March 16, 2012 – Life changed forever through an accident.
Todd said as he considered Dave’s life after the accident, these three things came to his mind:
Life is so unpredictable. If we think what does the next ten years hold. No one pictures pain or suffering, yet it happens.
When Satan does his worst, God shows up to do His best. God’s power can be powerfully seen, even in tragedy.
You cannot make it through life without people.
Todd reminded us the N.T. approach to death is often different than ours.
For example, Paul speaks of death as the ultimate choice. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:21-23).
Todd closed the service by “allowing Melissa to have the ‘Last Word'” by reading a closing line from her Caring Bridge entry on the one year anniversary of David’s accident. She posted, “Remember to not take one day for granted with the people that are in your life. Hug them and tell them that you love them. This life is short!
To Melissa, Rylee and Katelyn as well as to Jim and Teresa Pirtle and the rest of the family we extend our deepest prayers and sympathy. We love you and miss Dave.