Family and sympathizers celebrating the home-going of Old Lady Glayonnah Beoplue, who lived for more than a century and a half, were told on Saturday to remember that “there is a time for everything, and life is a gift from God.”
Speaking on the theme “There is a time for everything,” Rev. Abraham Smith told a large gathering of mourners at the residence of Pastor Adolphus Beoplue in VOA Golf on RIA Highway that while eternity is in man’s heart, God judges all with justice, quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-4.
Old lady Beoplue lived to be 153 years, which Rev. Smith told the bereaved family to recognize that she lived a fulfilled life. During the scripture reading of Job 8:9, the large gathering of family and friends were told to remember that “we were born only yesterday, and we know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow”; interpreted as, no matter how long we live on earth, death is a certainty. Accordingly, Rev. Smith urged all to emulate Old Lady Beoplue so they can live long enough to enjoy life by the grace of God.
In another scripture reading by Otis Wawleh (James 4: 13-17), the mourners were reminded of those who say with certainty, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to this city and will spend a year there, and we will do business and make some profit, whereas you do not know what your life would be like tomorrow.” The scripture urged mourners to instead say, “If God wills, we will do this or that.”
The scripture also encouraged family and friends to do what is right because if one knows what is right and does not do it, it is considered a sin. The celebration was filled with memories of Old Lady Beoplue and how she was loved by all who came to know her.
The Old Ma’s life sketch was read by Cynthia Beaploe who revealed that because of her age, the Old Ma struggled daily to understand events that were unfamiliar to her. The gathering was told that there were times the Old Lady talked about things that were unfamiliar to her listeners, until they realized she was speaking about events that happened during her youth, far beyond our present age. She was born in 1863, the family said. The actual date of her birth is yet to be established.
One of her grandchildren, Ophelia R. Beoplue, 64, has 7 children, 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild. “We’ll miss Old Lady Glayonnah, along with the stories she told us whenever we were around her.”
There were tributes from organizations, family members, friends and sympathizers. Rev. Abraham Zoegar offered prayers for the family. Her remains were buried at the Gulf Cemetery.