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David Bryan Teel passed from this life at the age of 50. I could say that David was a friend, but he was much more than that. He was one of the most caring individual I have ever known. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him. Like most of us, David had his faults and weaknesses. The greatest of these was an addiction to drugs. During his last years he won the battle over the addiction. He returned to God and I take comfort in believing that is exactly who he is with today. In his last years he became very much a part of my family. He was part of our Thanksgiving and part of our Christmas. This past Christmas, a few months after his death, my daughter commented, “It just doesn’t seem like Christmas without David.” I am proud to call him my friend, or maybe I should say, “A son,” because that is exactly how I felt about him. On his birthday this year his mother wrote a poem about David. I think it sums up his life in a beautiful way, and I am proud to present it here.
Some hours before he left us,
He touched his nephew’s life.
He nursed the aged and gave a smile,
To co-workers as he left that night.
He spoke of nature, and worshiped God,
And gave Tim’s dog a pat.
That was before his final hour,
Who could top that?
He had the personality that,
Most everyone seemed to like.
He did his best on any job,
Whether day shift or night.
He had a love for animals,
And enjoyed many kinds of sports.
He liked wearing caps,
And had a beautiful singing voice.
He went so quickly from this life,
We had no time to say good bye.
He left us with many memories,
And many tears to dry.
I see him coming through our front door,
Smiling and asking, “What y’all doing?
Always interested in us, and his son,
Whom he held close more and more.
David struggled with addiction,
Something he fought most of his life.
He became a very tired man of fifty,
Too much pain and constant strife.