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Tribute to Dick Silvers

Tribute to Dick Silvers

6/29/1931 – 6/25/2012

Husband, father, grampa, great-grampa, brother, uncle and friend

June 29, 2012 would have been his 81st birthday and 60th wedding anniversary

I. Comfort One Another

(Song lyrics by Steven Silvers, based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

  • We want you to know about our brethren who have fallen asleep in Jesus, for we don’t grieve like those who have no hope.
  • For Jesus died and rose again, and God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
    • Encourage one another with these words.
  • For by the Word of the Lord, those who have fallen asleep in Jesus will go before those who remain at the coming of the Lord.
  • For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
    • And the dead who believed in Christ will be the first to rise.
  • Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
  • And so shall we always be with the Lord.
    • Therefore comfort one another with these words.

II. Selected Quotes

(posted on Facebook in the first few days after Dick Silvers fell asleep in Jesus)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea” (Psalms 46:1-2). This was the best reminder I could have in light of my father-in-law passing away yesterday [6/25/2012] from a heart attack he suffered late Sat. night. He is with his Savior and we can rest in that. God will be our refuge and strength and help. We will greatly miss Grampa! –Charity Silvers, dauther-in-law

Monday afternoon [6/25/2012] this world lost a true gentleman. He was the most loving, caring, forgiving, best bear-hug giving person ever and I’m proud to have been able to call him grampa. I will always miss you and forever hold you in my heart. Sad to have to let you go but so thankful that you’re with our Savior now. I love you! -Ruth Ann Silvers, granddaughter

  • Sounds like you’ve had a great example of a godly man in your life. It’s hard to say goodbye to the ones we love while rejoicing in their homecoming. –family friend

We just lost the man, Dick Silvers, who has always had our backs here on earth! From even before I ever married Steve 32 years ago, he has been there for us helping us through thick and thin! We love him deeply and will miss him greatly and I’m so thankful to have had a father-in-love like him. He was a wonderful grampa to our kids and I’m glad that our children had such a great relationship with him. -Charity Silvers, dauther-in-law

I‘m definitely gonna miss grampa’s bear hugs and kisses on my cheek, his huge smile and loving heart. But I do know he lived a long, beautiful life and this is teaching me to cherish every living moment that I have. I am so thankful for my AWESOME family, there’s definitely a lot of love flowing around. –Hannah Silvers, granddaughter

All I want right now is one more bear-hug ♥ -Esther Manning, granddaughter

  • Me too! –Hannah Silvers, granddaughter
  • That sounds really nice. –Sarah Moore, granddaughter

He was so in love with his grandchildren. –Dottie Silvers, sister-in-law

My uncle, the most gentle Marine this world has ever known, fought a strong battle against a stinkin’ heart attack yesterday. When he and his doctors could do no more he went to be with Jesus. –Wendi Silvers, niece

This should be the definition of chivalry: Growing old with your wife, always pumped gas in the car for her, passing away, and needing her son to teach her how [to pump gas] because she’s never done it before. That’s a true gentleman. –Ruth Ann Silvers, granddaughter

This world has lost one of its finest. Thankfully, we have hope that he is now with his Savior. I couldn’t have had a more caring, generous Grampa. He kept chivalry alive and set a great example of sacrificial love. He was also strong and wise to boot. It’s just like him to go without giving anyone a chance to worry over him or burdening anyone with the struggle that his survival would’ve been. We’ll miss him deeply. –Sarah Moore, granddaughter

  • He was an honorable man and loved his family so very much. –Dottie Silvers, sister-in-law
  • I’m sorry for your loss, but thankful for the Blessed Hope of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Praise be to the Lord for His perfect plan! I know you will miss your beloved Grampa, but because of our Lord, you will see him again! –Ben Moore, Sarah’s father-in-law
  • Sarah what a beautiful tribute to your grandpa. Your dad’s dad? My greatest sympathy. –family friend
  • Yes, he is my dad’s dad. He was an only child and we were blessed to be his only (spoiled) grandchildren. –Sarah Moore

My kids’ grampa was so special! He had his favorite things to eat and our kids gave them nicknames: Esther remembered “grampa candy” [Werther’s Original Caramels]. Then Sarah mentioned “grampa bread”… a special treat when we went to visit Steve’s parents. –Charity Silvers, dauther-in-law

  • Dad will definitely have to keep that going for Cailyn and all the future grandchildren. -Esther Manning, granddaughter

Don’t know how to sum up the past couple days for me, other than the fact that God is a loving, caring, all-powerful, and sufficient God who will provide for all of our needs, especially through tough times, now and in the future. He has plans for us and all we can do is trust in Him. Prayers would be gratefully appreciated right now for my family and I! –Ruth Ann Silvers, granddaughter

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Obituary Dick Silvers

Asleep in Jesus

Dewitt C. Silvers III “Dick”, 80, of Port Orange, fell asleep in Jesus on June 25, 2012.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 2 pm Saturday July 28, 2012 at Crossroads Baptist Church, 1851 S. Clyde Morris Ave., Daytona Beach. The services will include a Marines military ceremony.

Dick was born on June 29, 1931 in New Smyrna Beach, to the late Erma (Hayes) and Dewitt C. Silvers Jr. He was a member of the 1949 graduating class of New Smyrna Beach High School. Following graduation Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was in the military for eight years, served in the Korean conflict and received an honorable discharge.

He worked for General Electric in Research & Development on the Apollo Mission Launch. He worked for Boeing Aerospace as an electronics engineer on the Saturn 5 Program at Cape Kennedy, the Minuteman Missile Program at Vandenburg AFB in California, and on the testing of B-1 military aircraft at Edwards AFB in California. After 30 years he retired from Boeing as a manager. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church and the Marine Corps Association.

Dick was a devoted, loving and loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Joy. Survivors include his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret (Wise); son, Steven (Charity), brother, Noel (Dottie); sister, Barbara Bochiardy; grandchildren, Nathan (Sheryl), Sarah (Sam) Moore, Esther (Adam) Manning, Hannah and Ruth Ann; great-granddaughter, Cailyn Moore; and many very special nieces and nephews.

The family asks that you consider a gift to one of Dick’s favorite charities, the Wounded Warriors Project, to help support our veterans. Mail: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Website: WoundedWarriorProject.org

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EXPOSED Fast and Furious Prediction

ImageFast & Furious Prediction

For the record: I am going out on a limb to do something I dislike doing. I am going to make a prediction because I think I discern the handwriting on the wall.

First, if you are familiar with the Fast and Furious debacle you know that the House Oversight Committee has attempted to obtain key documents from the US Justice Dept. for the past 1 and 1/2 years regarding Operation Fast and Furious – which allowed some 1,800 guns (including many automatic weapons) to be illegally sold to Mexican Drug Lords who in turn murdered a Border Patrol Agent.

Obama has denied any knowledge of the Operation yet today he invoked Executive Privilege in an attempt to prevent the Justice Department from complying with the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.

A problem: Executive Privilege only applies if the documents being requested involve the President or the Executive Branch and only under a limited set of circumstances (which the president hasn’t yet specified). That seems to mean one of just two things or possibly both: Obama and Holder lied to Congress about Obama’s involvement in Fast and Furious and/or Obama is attempting to provide cover for Holder in an effort to hide something. I see no other options. The far-leftist liberal “spin” just doesn’t hold water. So either way, it’s not looking very well for Obama or Holder.

For more information on Operation Fast and Furious you can view a statement issued today by the family of the slain Border Patrol Agent.

Okay, here’s my prediction…

The Operation Fast and Furious documents that Obama and Holder want “covered up” could reveal an illegal plot to ultimately empower far-leftist liberals (with whose ilk I once walked) to engage in judicial activism for the purpose of attempting to justify the placing of limits on the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. That may sound like a conspiracy theory HOWEVER, if you’ve followed the case you should know that there have already been leaks and evidence to imply such a possibility. Obama’s invoking Executive Privilege today simply added to and clarified the handwriting on the wall.

Why do Obama and Holder want to keep the documents requested by the House Oversight Committee a secret? Is it because they could EXPOSE Obama, Holder and others as the master-minds behind illegal activities that far exceed the illegalities leading to Nixon’s and Clinton’s impeachments?

Is this shaping up to be a much bigger deal than Watergate and Lewinsky-gate combined? I think so. That’s my prediction (so you can see why I’d like to be wrong).

Imagine: Both the Executive and Judicial Branches conspiring to attack the Constitution, in this case focusing on the 2nd Amendment, and with possible collusion from some members of the House and Senate as well. (A sign of the times?)

THAT would be a constitutional crisis of epic proportions, and one I sincerely hope is not the case – though my far-leftist liberal past tempts me to concede that it is entirely possible if not indeed probable.

Time will soon tell if the handwriting on the wall means what I think it could mean. What do you think?
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Why America Has an Oil Shortage

Why America Has an Oil Shortage

Because nobody bothered to check the oil?

The reason America has an oil shortage is purely geographical:

  • The oil is located in Alaska, California, Coastal Florida, Coastal Louisiana, Coastal Alabama, Coastal Mississippi, Coastal Texas, Texas, North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania
  • The dipsticks are located in Washington D.C.
I didn’t know whether to put this in my “Just for Fun” or “EXPOSED” category… so I put it in both 🙂

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Exposed: Your Budget vs Government Budget

Your Budget vs Government Budget

Federal Budget Simplified

Example: Violation of the Golden Rule?

1. What is it when…

  • A politician budgets one way for themselves (responsibly) but proposes another budgeting method for governing you and your family (irresponsibly)?

2. What is it when… 

  • It’s NOT okay for you to recklessly spend $38,200 when you only make $21,700 and have a total debt of $142,710? BUT…
  • It’s OKAY for your politicians to recklessly spend 3.8 trillion when the government makes less than 2.2 trillion and has a total debt of over $14 TRILLION? *
    • * Total US Debt is currently over $15.3 Trillion. See the US Debt Clock.

      • And this does not include future medicare, social security and prescription drug liabilities which currently total an incomprehensible $117.64 Trillion! If $15 Trillion is impossible and irresponsible how much more-so is an additional $117 Trillion on top of that?!?!
      • YOUR personal liability for all this debt is over $1 million per US taxpayer. 

How is increasing your debt a solution to your personal financial situation? to the government’s financial situation? It just delays the inevitable, does it not?

What needs change is your – the governments’ – spending habits: Stop Over-Spending (SOS)! My teenagers understand that!

3. What is it when…

  • People who believe they should be responsible with their own budget yet they keep electing politicians who are irresponsible with the government’s budget?

Albert Einstein said the definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.

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Exposed: Obama on Socialist Path – per British Journalist & U.C. Berkeley Grad

SOTU Reveals Obama on Socialist Path

As reported in The Telegraph, a British newspaper.

Article by Janet Daley*, a British journalist at The Telegraph, a British Newspaper.

The Telegraph article Headline and Subhead:

Daley writes, “Barack Obama is now putting the United States squarely a decade behind Britain. Listening to the President’s State of the Union message last week was like a surreal visit to our own recent past: there were, almost word for word, all those interminable Gordon Brown Budgets that preached “fairness” while listing endless new ways in which central government would intervene in every form of economic activity.” [Excerpt from article.]

Click on the Headline to read the full article at The Telegraph:

Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state

* Janet Daley’s bio says she went to U.C.Berkely and taught philosophy before beginning her political life on the Left.

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4 Tips for Writing a Letter of Recommendation

4 Tips for Writing a Letter of Recommendation

By Steven Silvers | January 27, 2012

If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation you should first ask yourself if you are in a position to be recommending the person. If you are, then these four tips could be a helpful guide.

Write your recommendation letter for repeated use (unless you are asked to customize it for a particular job the applicant is applying for).

1. Write specifically how the person performed and that he/she:

  • Was successful in his/her previous job
  • Would be welcomed back to their previous employer
  • Showed a high level of initiative exceeding expectations
  • Was an excellent problem solver, communicator and worked well with internal and external customers/employees across all levels and functions
  • Significantly contributed to the success of his/her department/division/company.

2. Include information on how the person would be successful in the future. Focus on accomplishments, such as: 

  • Team building/Communication 
  • Process improvements
  • Difficult to attain skills
  • Individual performance
  • Revenue production
  • Cost savings

3. Be open to phone inquiry to provide further information.

4. Follow the S.M.A.R.T. method to evaluate good objectives (this also applies to other things in life):

(S) Specific: Be specific and direct to the point in terms of what this person has done to deserve your recommendation. Provide details (briefly) be it a good task, a project activity, or other types of help.

(M) Measurable: Include quantifiable achievements. For example, he/she doubled the Gross Profit of the ‘X’ product in 6 months; he/she implemented strategies to increase customer interaction on social media sites by 240%.

(A) Attainable: You are ‘selling’ someone else’s services. Provide attainable qualities and services in that person but do not oversell him/her.

(R) Relevant: Be relevant to the person’s own experience and specialties and mention qualities that are related to each other. For example, he/she is a competent project manager and that he/she is very skilled at using MS Project. While these two are separate competencies they both fall in the Project Management profession.

(T)Time-bound: Include time boundaries. For example, how much time it took the person to finish a difficult task; in what year he built an effective system.

Steven Silvers can be reached at LinkedIn.com/in/brotherSilvers.
Credit: Article adapted from a 2009 LinkedIn article compiled by Sergey Novoselov.
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