BC: Some glad morning when this life is 'or I'll fly away. To a home on God's celestial shore I'll fly away. I'll fly away, oh Glory I'll fly away. When I die Hallelujah by and by I'll fly away. When the shadows on this life have gone I'll fly away. Like a bird from prison bars has flown I'll fly away. I'll fly away, oh Glory I'll fly away. When I die Hallelujah by and by I'll fly away. Just a few more happy days and then I'll fly away To a land where JOY SHALL NEVER END! I'll fly away. I'll fly away, oh Glory I'll fly away. When I die Hallelujah by and by I'll fly away.
FC: Norman Ray Ezernack
1: The service was officiated by Reverend Chad Buttrey, a long time friend and the Pastor of Sheri's church in Chowchilla, Calif. There were many family and friends who came to pay their respects. There was laughter and tears but mostly laughter. We knew Ray would want it that way. We even sang "I'll Fly Away". It was a good day of remembering.
3: The Pallbearers were: Paul Breshears (Wanda's husband) Pete Ramos (Sheri's husband) Darrell Grace (Shannon's husband) Billy Ezernack (Bill's son) Kurt Breshears (Wanda's step-son) Tommy Smith (Ray's brother-in-law)
4: As you are driving to the cemetery, you feel like you are driving into the desert hills and then you come to this green, lush area dedicated to our Military. It is an awesome site. | The San Joaquin National Cemetery is located in the small community of Santa Nella, California. It is a place of hollowed ground. You can feel how special it is as soon as you drive onto the property.
5: They are preparing Ray's burial site.
6: A photo of the grounds.
7: This is the POW Memorial Wall.
8: As we arrived to the area for the interim service, the Military met us with salutes.
9: The honor that was shown for Ray was indescribable. You could feel the reverence.
10: There is a permenant structure that the interim service is held under. We gathered there.
11: The young man who played "Taps" on his bugle was awesome. | Three volleys were fired in Ray's honor.
12: These photos are of the Folding of the Flag Ceremony.
15: As they completed the folding of the Flag ceremony, it was presented to Joe, Ray's dad.
16: The interment service came to a close.
17: As the interment service was concluded and we drove up a hill to watch them drive Ray to his final resting place.
18: From the 'viewing hill' you can see every single plot of the cemetery. We watched as they drove Ray to his plot. | This is where his body will rest until the Good Lord calls us all home.
19: We love you Ray. We will remember your infectious laughter and the joy you had in your heart. As we all remember how you loved the Lord and lived a black-and-white, stress-free life, let us all take note of how you lived, and learn to slow down and enjoy the things the Lord has given us. You will always be missed, but in due time, we will all be together in Glory. AMEN!
20: Just a few photos...