Nancy Hackney: An Inspiring Example of Christian Living

by David Shannon

“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their words do follow them” ( Revelation 14:13). Nancy Hackney was a true servant of God. She has faithfully served her family as the wife of an elder, a loving mother, sister, and relative. She loved the church. Her life was about serving the church. She encouraged the children by being their teacher and “chewing gum lady”. She was shear inspiration to adults. Most would not have traveled to the Ukraine at her age, yet she did twice. On many of ther compassionate visits, one might find money left behind in hopes to lighten their burden. She personally supported families in mission fields and preaching schools. She worked the campaign of ’99 in Covington, Kentucky and was heart broken that her terminal illness would prevent her from going on the 2000 campaign to Athens.

Her life was lived to the fullest. She was loving and compassionate. She was a great scholar and student of God’s word. She was a caring teacher. She was one to give instruction and correction. She gathered her strength from the authority of God’s word. Everything she did was to glorify God. If she was going to the post office, she might be paying bills, but the reason she was at the post office, was to send notes of encouragement. She might have been getting groceries at the store, but the reason she went to the store was to get something to fix for somebody else! Her purpose in doing anything, was to do for others.

She has finished her course. She has left a fine example of how to live by her words and her actions. Now she can rest in peace. She has now come to the time for which she lived. This is not the end, but the beginning. Our comfort lies in the truth….”Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” Yes, Mrs. Nancy has resting to do. But her works will follow in ways that can not be overlooked. Her presence was a power inspiration, and her memory also!

–John Thomas and David Shannon

In Loving Memory of Nancy Hackney

Loved one come into our life and go,

Just living life makes it so.

Yet, a few are a real treasure,

Giving us love beyond measure.

Nancy touched our lives with a sweet smile

And open arms.

Always standing tall with grace and charm.

She took life in stride, embracing

The happy moments along with the sad.

Often seeing within a person value,

No one else knew they had.

Her presence made the world a kinder, happier place.

With a heart of gold she helped

The need in life’s race.

Sharing God’s word was her real delight.

Loving her family made her world right.

Nothing can ever take Nancy away.

Holding her in our hearts makes her stay.

We give on last embrace with love,

Now, fly away and enter paradise above.

Tuesday Ladies Bible Class

–Mary Jo Flatt