This Old House

This old house once knew my children
This old house once knew my wife
This old house was home and shelter
as we fought the storms of life,
This old house once rang with laughter,
This old house heard many  shouts,
Now she trembles in the darkness
when the lightnin’ walks about.
Ain’t gonna need this house no longer,
Ain’t gonna need this house no more,
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t got time to fix the floor,
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges,
Nor to mend the window pane,
Ain’t gonna need this house no longer,
I’m getting ready to meet the saints

Stuart Hamblen, the cowboy songwriter and actor one time was out on a hunting trip in the mountains with a buddy. The two of them came up on an old house, a dilapidated old house.  The shingles had been blown off the roof, some of the windowpanes had been broken, there was a rickety old fence and a gate hanging on one hinge.  In the yard was a bony old hound dog. They decided they would investigate.  Stuart and his buddy went up to this old house and went up the splintery old steps and the door was unlatched, a little ajar, and they pushed aside and went in.  That’s when they found him–the old man who had lived in that house.  He was dead; they surmised he probably died in the midst of a recent storm. Stuart Hamblen then wrote that old song that used to be sung back in the 50’s and 60’s, “This Old House.”

I think it’s a good old song, maybe not gramatically correct, but theologically, he was right on the money. You see, Stuart Hamblen didn’t come upon that idea of our bodies being an old house, that’s right here in the word of God. Our text this morning was from 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:9, where Paul compares our earthly bodies to “jars of clay,” and “tents.”

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One Second After


Death has been called the “Great Equalizer.” All of us die. Death strikes the old and the young, the sick and the healthy, the poor and the rich, the good and the bad. The hearse stands waiting for the surgeon who transplants a heart as well as the hopeful recipient, for the funeral director as well as the corpse he manipulates. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 tells us “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die. Death spares none. What happens one second after a person dies? That is an important question, because death is a reality for 100% of us. So what happens when we die? That was the subject of Sunday mornings message at Tabernacle Baptist Church. You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.

Obituary for Allen Davis

Allen Hadley Davis
(July 31, 1944 – January 2, 2009)

Allen H. Davis – Clemson, SC

Allen Hadley Davis, 64, of 102 Sugar Maple Court, and husband of Elaine Smith Davis, went home to be with his Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Friday, January 2, 2009 at AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson.

Born in Pascagoula, MS, he was the son of the late Batson Hadley and Edris Bolt Davis. He was the co-owner of Ward Smith Chevrolet-Buick. Mr. Davis was a charter member of University Baptist Church, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 45, and a devoted member of IPTAY and an avid Clemson sports fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Pastor Jeffrey Allen Davis and wife Joanna of Wilson, NC; a daughter, Julie Allison Davis Miller and husband Pastor Patrick Miller of Anderson; two sisters, Carolyn Swanner of West Monroe, LA, Debra Davis of Mobile, AL; and nine grandchildren, Caleb, Bethany, Parker, Mary-Paige, Abigail, Reese, Hannah, Gabriel, and Miles.

Graveside services will be 3 PM Monday at Oconee Memorial Park.

A memorial service will be 7 PM Monday at University Baptist Church with Pastors Jeffrey Davis, Patrick Miller, and Dave Hine officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 3 PM until 5 PM at Duckett-Robinson Funeral home.

Memorials may be made to University Baptist Church; PO Box 1643; Clemson, SC 29633.

The family is at the home.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons.

Thanks for your prayers

Thanks to everyone for their continued prayers. My mom commented on how she knows that many people are praying for us and she can feel that support. My eleven year old daughter crawled up on my lap last night and said, “Daddy, do you feel God’s grace too?” I said “Yes, sweetie.” She said, “I’ve never felt it like this before.” We will be making … Read Morearrangements this morning for the funeral. I will post as soon as I know something.” It looks like we will be having Sunday afternoon visitation time at the funeral home and a monday evening celebration service at University Baptist Church in Clemson.