West Tennessee Church mourns after COVID-19 youth minister dies

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BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Church in Bolivar heals after losing its youth minister to COVID-19.

Church members looking to Dixie Hills Baptist Church in Bolivar says even if their minister Wes depew has passed, its legacy continues.

“He was very talented musically. He played guitar on our worship team here at church almost every Sunday, ”said Ellen Cone, children’s minister and church secretary.

On Sundays, you would find Depew playing his guitar before the service. Not only was he passionate about music, but Cone said he spent years dedicating his life to helping teens, as minister for youth.

“He just liked to make people laugh. He was mad. You know, as an almost 62-year-old man, he was cutting out just like teenagers, ”Cone said.

Cone said in mid-October, Depew did what he loved to do and took his kids to their annual youth retreat, not knowing it would be his last.

“They came back on a Thursday and this Thursday night he just felt like he had a bad cold,” Cone said. “Traffic jams and everything. Over the weekend, he knew it was probably COVID. So it was tested this weekend and it was.

Cone said Depew’s conditions ultimately placed him in the intensive care unit. Although he might be physically alone in a room, Cone said he was never really alone as church members prayed for him outside his hospital.

“We come to pray for our dear Christian brother. We’re coming to pray for Wes. The most important thing for us is to come together in prayer, ”Cone said.

Cone said they prayed with and for Depew until his last breath on Sunday.

“Our prayers through this were that God obtain the glory. Either way, if the Lord seen to heal Wesley, that side of heaven then wonderful. But if not, then we know the Lord had other plans, ”Cone said.

Cone said that while his family mourns, they find peace in knowing that Depew has touched so many lives.

AGThe oFundMe page is configured for the family and in two days, he has already raised more than $ 11,000.

“He wouldn’t want us to be sad. He was always happy. And we don’t want him to come back here because we know he’s where he’s supposed to be, ”Cone said.

Church members said her funeral would be held this weekend in her hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Find it Wes Depew Gofundme page here.

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