Rest In Peace, Pastor Richard Dortch!
Today, I went with my sister and mom to a eulogy/honoring session for pastor Dortch, who died in his hometown in Florida on June 15, 2011. From the things that were said of him, he seemed to be a truly humble man. He treated his employees like friends, and even expressed genuine concern for each of his employees. He never threw his weight around them and jelled with them as if he was one of them. Pastor Dortch was also full of surprises, always giving his employees treats every 3 pm. He was a delight to be with wherever he was and whenever. He was always jolly and at peace even amidst all the sicknesses that he had acquired prior to his death.
From the stories that I hear of pastor Dortch from my family over the years, as well as the eulogies, I felt that he had a kind of attraction to people, which draws them to him no matter where they are from. It was confirmed at the service by the people who shared good things about him. To most, being with pastor Dortch felt like being with Jesus, and this is how we should be too, if we want to be called Christians. He has touched many people’s lives with both his words and actions.
To be identified as someone as great as Jesus is a divine thing, worthy of God‘s praises. We should emulate our Lord in our actions, thoughts and words, and lead by example to others.
May God rest your soul, pastor Dortch! Rest in peace!