This message was originally sent early Thursday
morning, 1.6.05 to friends regarding the death of LaRue Haigler, co-owner
of LEON LOARD, by Arnold McRae, co-owner of LEON LOARD.
Dear Friends: (Please forward this email to others if they knew
LaRue too. Thanks.)
Rooster, my dear brother-in-law and business partner died this
morning at 2:00 am and I am sure he is heaven. His strong Christian
faith was a wonderful inspiration to others and me over the last
6 months. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him at his
home often and he would say things to me and others like..."I
know that God means this for good..." and "God is in control.
I ask for your prayers to comfort my family and that knowing we
have a loving God we humbly accept that his will be done."
and "I thank you for continuing to be here for me, and for
being with me on this mini journey, which is a real growth experience!
I can't wait to see what the Lord's got planned for me when this
is over. Have a wonderful week and keep me in your thoughts and
prayers-You're in mine.".......... I invite you to visit his
blog where you may read his journal and read comments that others
have made over the last several months. The link is www.mariaikenberry.com/people/rooster.
Many of you know that Rooster was diagnosed with small cell lung
cancer in his left lung only, in mid-June. He had several months
of successful radiation and chemotherapy treatment and although
the left lung tumors were eventually eradicated, the deadly cancer
appeared 6+ weeks ago in his spine, a rib and his right upper femur.
Shortly thereafter he acquired pneumonia and radiation pneumonitis
and that greatly complicated his ability to breathe. He was admitted
to the hospital with breathing complications on 12.14.05. The cancer
went untreated after this admission and the pain in his bones became
excruciating. Noni, LaRue Jr., other family and I were able to spend
some wonderful moments with him these last few days. For me personally,
we were able to communicate as I shared stories...we smiled, laughed
Rooster was truly like a brother to me. He had 2 older sisters
and was the youngest....and I have 2 older sisters and am the youngest.
He was my best friend ... there was simply nothing that we would
not share. He was a sweet, sweet man. I will miss him greatly. Attached
is a picture I found recently that shows Rooster in the fall of
2003, looking good as I will always remember him. Our wonderful
portrait business is strong and will continue but we will always
All are invited. Visitation is scheduled from 1:00-2:00 pm and
the service to follow at 2:00 on Saturday, 1.8.05 at The Church
of the Ascension in Montgomery (315 Clanton Avenue). The graveside
service is in Hayneville, AL.
Please pray for Rooster's family.
God bless Rooster's soul.