The remains of the late journalist, Zoegar Q. Jaynes, were buried in Brewerville, near Monrovia last Saturday afternoon, following funeral rites at the Providence Baptist Church, on Broad Street attended by hundreds of sympathizers.
The emotional occasion began when the congregation, including Daily Observer’s Managing Director, Kenneth Y. Best, sang the hymn, ‘How Tedious and tasteless the Hour,’ directing attention to the remains in the casket that, ‘When Jesus No Longer Zoegar See,’ and when ‘the midsummer sun shines but dim’ for the deceased and the mourners.
The name of Jesus, their voices echoed throughout the building, though yields, ‘the richest perfume, sweeter than music and His presence disperses gloom, yet they asked “Why do we languish and pine and the hour is tedious and tasteless?”
Unable to understand the mystery of death and its attendant emotional pain, particularly with Zoegar Jaynes’ home-going, the congregation sought consolation in the hymn, ‘Will the Lord Remember Me’ when ‘we’ reach the pearly gates.
With blessed assurance, the congregation gained comfort in the last stanza, which said, “At His (Jesus), dear feet I’m kneeling, my sins I now confess; O bow in deep repentance, my soul He’ll surely bless, My blinded eyes He opens so that the light I see, and when I reach the pearly gates, He will remember me.”
The family and the mourners gained reassurance at (Holy Bible) 2 Timothy 4: 1-9, when they were reminded that the late Deacon Zoegar Q. Jaynes fought a good fight for the Lord, which was re-echoed by Zacheus Jaynes, the son of the deceased, when he said in a life sketch that his father, “Leaned and depended on the knowledge that the Lord Jesus was his shepherd and would lead him through the highs and lows to a final resting place on eternal bliss.”
The closing hymn was, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ as the congregation reminded each other that ‘When sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever ‘our’ lot, thou has taught ‘us’ to say, it is well, it is well, with ‘our’ soul.’
Organizations that paid tributes included the Press Union of Liberia, the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building.
Others were the Liberia National Olympic Committee, the Liberia Basketball Association, the Liberia Broadcasting System, Radio Veritas, Effort Baptist Church, Zion Grove Baptist Church and the Providence Baptist Church.
The Liberian government issued a gazette which was read by Assistant Minister for Public Affairs Horatio Bobby Willie of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The late Zoegar Q. Jaynes, 48, was born on 5, November, 1966 and died on 14, November 2014 after a brief illness. He was a sportsman, a coach and sports writer and broadcaster. Apart from his extended family, the deceased leaves to mourn his widow Tina Jaynes and children Zoetina, Hadasha and Zacheus.