Jan 27, 2082 – Jun 23, 2009
Jonathan Edward Read, 27, of Mineral, VA formerly of Asheville, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
Jonathan loved rock climbing, hiking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. During college he played guitar and led worship services with Navigator Ministries. He liked to help troubled adults and teens through wilderness therapy programs.
Jonathan is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Evelyn Turner. He is survived by his paternal grandparents Ed and Claire Read, his parents, Edward J. Read, Jr., and Debra Turner Read, two sisters, Kimberly Read and Kristin Reid and her husband Benjamin, a niece Megan and two brothers, David and Jacob Read.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2009 at Mineral Baptist Church with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Mike Durham and Rev. Regis Sullivan will be officiating. Burial will follow at Mineral Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: My Father’s House International, P.O. Box 20673, Roanoke, VA 24018.
Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.
Dear Ed & Debby, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace,Celeste & Brian Newcomb
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debby and Ed – we share in your deep sorrow at the sudden news of Jon`s death. We pray that God`s unfailing love will carry you when you cannot walk and that God`s faithfulness to you will be the strength of your heart. We love your family. You have always been a source of encouragement and testimony to us and we will forever keep you in our prayers.
Ed and Debby,We saw you walk in faith and we decided to follow. You showed us the Father and he remains our hope. Our prayers are for His strength in you and your family.
Ed and Debby,We are so saddened as we think of Jon and all the great memories. We know how much you love all of your kids. But we are also encouraged and comforted by the sovereignty of our God and will continue to pray for His peace to hold you up in the days ahead.
Sending love and prayers. I`m absolutely convinced that nothing–absolutely nothing can get between us and God`s love because of the way Jesus our Master has embraced us.” ~from Romans 8 My prayer for you today is that you will feel His love every minute.”
jon we will not forget you we will miss you i love you
My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this very diffcult time. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. With friendship, care and concern….Marsha
Ricky and I are thinking of you and your family.
Dearest Ed, Debby and family –We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of Jon and our hearts ache for you. We are praying for your comfort and peace with the knowledge that God stands with you through the darkest of days.In His love,Paul and Joanne
Dear Ed & Debby,We are deeply saddened to hear about Jon but know that your faith in God and the power of the Holy Spirit will carry you and your family thru this incredibly hard time. Everyone is also aware of the positive impact that Jon had on the lives` of so many people and his legacy will live on for many years to come. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your entire family. In Christ`s glory,Steve & Debbie Kozel
With tears we have heard your news.We are praying that the Lord will wrap His arms around you and comfort you as only our tender Father can.He is before all things and in Him all things hold together” — Col 1:17″
Words fail to express my pain over Jon`s death. I love you, Debby, Ed, Kristi, Kim, and David. Andy and I are praying for you as you are faced with the unthinkable today. You are an amazing family whom God has used greatly in my life as you helped carry my own pain. I pray God allows me to now do the same for you. Whatever I can do, please ask. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers. May God grant you His peace that passes all of our understanding at this time. I love you all.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please if you guys need anything please call me or talk to mom. I will keep you in my prayers.
We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Jonathan. Loosing a loved one is one of the most difficult things to experience and we grieve with you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.Love,Bruce & Brenda
I will be praying for you all as you go through this time of grief.
Dear Read Family,I am so very sorry for your incredible loss. I can`t imagine the pain you`re going through and so I am praying for God to hold you up through the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Knowing and living with Jon was one of the highlights of my time in college. He was one of the most `real` and brilliant people I have known, and he was loved by lots of us.I am so very sorry that you have lost him, and hope that the joy of positive memories will come to dominate your thoughts.
Ed, Debby, Kristi, Kim, Jacob and David:My heart has broken for you all as I heard of Jon`s death this week. What a special young man he was! I am praying for God`s peace and comfort during this time of immense grief. I am so grateful that our Jesus has conquered death and assures us that we will be united before His throne! Praise His Name!My love and prayers are with all of you!
My heart has been grieved since I heard the news of Jon`s death. My thoughts and many prayers are with your family during this difficult time, and in the days to come. I have many fond memories of Jon from high school, youth group, trips, and the many youth hanging out in your basement. May the God of all comfort and peace be with you at this time and always.
Dear Read Family,You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord`s Peace be upon you. Jeff and Mel
Ed and Deb: We are so sorry for the lost of your son. Joanne told us of the news, how genuine he was, and how proud of him you were. We are leaving Sat to see our son, Joseph William who lives in Harrisburg and every hug and kiss will mean even more to us. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Dear Ed and Debby,We were so sorry to hear about Jon…while it has been awhile since we have been in touch, there are many times when we look back at the photos of our kids back in our Radio Park days and think fondly of those times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Greg and Kathy
I am praying for you.
Dear Read Family, I was shocked to hear the news today of Jon`s passing. I met Jon in 2004 at a training for Phoenix Outdoor. Jon and I were able to spend a lot of time together as co-instructors and it was then that I learned what an amazing and compassionate man he was. I feel very lucky to have had that time with him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dear Read Family,Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Jon, I know a lot of his friends. He touched a great deal of lives and will be greatly missed. May you find peace in knowing that Jon is now experiencing the very thing we were all created to do, which is to worship Jesus. I will be praying for you.
Ed, Debby, Kristy, Benjamin, and Kim,I am so very sorry for your loss and carry you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dearest Debby, Ed and family, Our hearts are heavy with sadness as we grieve the loss of Jon with you. Jon was such a joy and a light. We will remember him with love and affection. I know he is in our fathers arms…and there is no more pain, no more sadness. With much love and prayers,sheryl and Randy
Dear Ed & Debby and family,We are lifting you up to our Savior Jesus – our Blessed Hope” – and pray that you will be comforted by the peace that passes all understanding. We love you guys.”
Dearest Ed, Debby and family,My heart goes out to you as we all grieve the passing of Jon. He truly was a wonderful man of the Lord and we will all miss him dearly. Love you and praying fervently for you.Love,Wendy and Richard
Dear Debby & Ed,I`m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this time of your sorrow. I`ll keep you all in my prayers.Love from cousin Bella
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace in this difficult time.Love,Denicia and Tim
Dear Debby & Ed,Our hearts go out to you in the loss of Jonathan. He will always be in your heart.Love, Aunt Lore & Uncle Bill
Ed & Debby,We love you and we are praying for you and your family. May God continue to sustain you, encourage you, and give you peace and joy in the midst of this sorrow. May others come around you, comfort you, and bless you as you have blessed so many others. May God hold you firmly in His grip. Much Love,Seth, Jeanie, David, Jonathan, & Joshua
Ed and Debby,We love you and grieve with you. We pray that you will feel God`s warm arms wrapped tight around you. May He be your Comforter, Provider, and Protector. Know that we are praying for you!We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bill and Lisa
Ed & Debbie,We are deeply saddened to hear about John`s passing. We pray God`s special grace and comfort to you and your family. May the special memories you have of him encourage you in the days ahead. We Love you!
Ed,Debby and family,I was so deeply saddened to hear the news of the loss of Jon. May the Lord give you comfort in this most difficult time. My prayers are with.Deb, Greg, Shawn, Casey and Michael Stewart
I don`t have any words that seem appropriate. Just know that you all are in our prayers – the entire Christian family will be praying for you.- Jon
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
It was a great year sharing ministry with Jon in Colorado and learning from him. He will be sorely missed in this life and joyous will be the reunion in heaven. My condolences to you the family on the loss of your son, brother and friend.
Dear Ed and Debbie, Today Heidi forwarded an email of Jonathan`s tragic death. He touched a lot of people in his short time here, reflecting your love and God`s love for him. May the Great Physician comfort you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sue, Heidi and Rachel and
We have been praying for you and your family.
Dear Ed, Debbie, and Family,We pray for comfort and peace for all of you. God is the only one who truly understands what you are going through and He is the one who heals broken hearts. We love you.
Dear Ed and Debby,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are truly sorry for your loss.
Ed and Debby and Family,I have just learned of your tragic loss. Please know that I will lift your family up in prayer daily and pray our Compassionate Comforter will hold you close.By His Grace
Dear Ed and Debbie:I am truly sorry to hear about your son`s passing. I hope that you will take comfort in the promises of God knowing that you will see him again.In sympathy,Boni Nash Buchanan CHS `70
Dear Ed & Debbie, I am truly and deeply saddened to learn of Jonathan`s passing. May you find peace and comfort and your hearts be healed. Gale
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours…with all my love,Jennifer
We tried to sign awhile back and it wasn`t working but we wanted you to know that we have been grieving with you and praying for you! Our hearts are with you and we love you.
Jon was a gentle soul and my friend. We shared many experiences in the mountains together. They won`t be forgotten.
YOU HAVE OUR SYMPATHY. ED DEBBY AND FAMILY …..There is so little we can say,So little we can do.When God has called a loved one home.Who means so much to you. When smiling eyes are closed in sleep.According to God;s Will.And that dear voice you loved to hear.Has suddenly grown still, But there are those who think of you.And those who always care.And those who stop to pray about.The burden you must bear. And so this gentle message is.Sincerely meant to be.A prayerful thought of fond regard.And heart-felt sympathy. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY DAN-ALMA SHIRK