a photo of funeral program of Calvin Winfield Thomas
Shernell Thomas

My dear Brother Calvin,

Finding the right words to express my sorrow when writing words of condolence to you, Calvin, is a challenging task. The sibling bond is a unique relationship, and will mean something different for every individual. Of everyone I know, Calvin was the only one who could make an entire room roar with laughter within minutes of entering. His natural confidence always won people over.

It is never easy to lose a brother, no matter what age. I pray for his peace and comfort as he continues his life’s journey spiritually and without earthly presence. Calvin, you will always be in my heart, and words are never adequate in moments like these. I love you, Calvin, and am glad you came into my life as my brother. Had I known that you were going to be gone so soon, I would have loved to have hugged you and said “goodbye.” You will always be remembered through the joyous memories we were all privileged to have in knowing you, Calvin. We will meet again!

My niece read this at Calvin’s funeral on Oct. 27. The church was packed.