I was recently called and informed that Darrel Cordrey had died suddenly while cutting grass. Darrel was the first real preacher I ever heard and thus he will always have a special place in my life. I didn't grow up in a Christian home and never "went to church." Finally, as a senior in highschool I went with a friend to the Northside church (then in Newport News). I was apprehensive to say the least. My two main recollections about those days were that people treated me nicely and I liked listening to the preacher. I had made fun of many TV preachers (& still do), but this guy seemed genuine and passionate. Darrel baptized me in January of 1983 and left Northside just months later. I only spoke with Darrel one time after that, yet he always remained an important influence in my life. I remember his newsletter articles always closing with the admonition to "keep on keeping on for Jesus." He did. I look forward to becoming reacquainted with my brother on the other side.