James D. DeWall
1932 - 2005
was a friend of children, who found in their worship, the presence of God.
A retired systems analyst at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, OH, Jim
was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the Air Force. He and his
wife, Gail, lived for many years in Beavercreek, Ohio, where they raised 2 sons
and 2 daughters. In addition to Gail and his children he leaves 5 grandchildren
and many young and older friends, who will greatly miss his gracious spirit.
An original member of the
Blessing Center Advisory Board,
Jim actively supported its various ministries. He was an educator about and
giver of many Baby Prayer Blankets and Booklets; he developed the idea of a
Compass as a tangible symbol of God's guidance in times of trouble, and had his
prayer shawl with him during all his times in the hospital. But it was to
Children's Chapel that Jim brought his deepest commitment. He spent hours taping
Chapel time and simply observing the children. He often was heard to say that,
"when the children come into the sanctuary and gather for prayer, I can feel the
Spirit of God right there."
Jim, who passed away November 20, 2005, was a fine man
who struggled within realities of poor health, but without rancor or self-pity.
He was truly dedicated to the Blessing Center and its ministry with
children. It was a privilege to have known
him, and we shall miss him.