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His final sacrifice: Honoring Rob Tittle

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Rob and Kerry

We lost a good man Sunday night. A godly man. Our co-worker Rob Tittle was doing what every real man does in a crisis — he was protecting his family first. His final sacrifice was simply a reflection of the way he lived his life.

Even before the tornado sirens sounded Sunday night in Central Arkansas, Rob and his wife Kerry were hustling their nine children to safety under an interior stairway of their home just west of Little Rock. Rob left to find his remaining two daughters when the massive funnel dropped from the sky onto their home. A wall collapsed, crushing Rob and killing him instantly. 20-year-old Tori and 14-year-old Rebekah were also killed, and four of the other children were taken to the hospital with injuries. Their home was wiped from its foundation.

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He dated his girls (here with Rebekah, Whitney, Emily).

But the foundation that Rob laid in his family will live on for generations.

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He taught his boys how to work, and serve.

Rob’s passion for his wife and his family were a reflection of his passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. Before he served with Life Action Ministries and eventually served at FamilyLife, he served His Savior. When he met Kerry  the same passion for Christ showed in the way he loved and served her and, in the years to come, the way he nurtured and guided his children.

At work, Rob was the same. He was diligent and intentional, keeping lots of projects going at one time, but always working with a gracious attitude and cheerful disposition. Among co-workers, he didn’t shy away from admitting his own weaknesses and asking for prayer for himself, his wife and his children. He wanted to walk closely with his Lord, and wanted the same for his family.

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Made for Rob by his children last Father’s Day.

Rob has gone to be forever with the Lord he loved and served. But his influence will doubtlessly continue in the lives of his co-workers, his children and his wife, who saw the life that he modeled and how he laid it down in the end. Our prayer is that the way he lived and the way he died will give many men an example of how to live intentionally, courageously, and selflessly.

Still, the fact remains that the Tittle family needs prayers, as does another FamilyLife staff family. Another FamilyLife family, Dan and Kristen Gaffney, also lost their home in the tornado but thankfully were protected by their storm shelter. If you are interested in ways you can help these families in addition to prayer, contact us and we’ll let you know how you can meet their needs.

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8 Comments

  1. April 29, 2014    

    Awesome Man!!!

  2. April 29, 2014    

    Thanks for writing this tribute! He sounds like a wonderful man… definitely a good role model. Continuing to pray for this family as they walk through this difficult time.

  3. Misty's Gravatar Misty
    April 29, 2014    

    Praying for his family and friends.

  4. Mary Beth Burrill's Gravatar Mary Beth Burrill
    April 30, 2014    

    Thank you for your words. Hearing God’s truths bring comfort in this devastating situation.

  5. MP's Gravatar MP
    April 30, 2014    

    What a godly example he left to all, he lived the God given responsibility Head of the household!…Rob, Tori and Rebekah will be seen again when The Lord returns in clouds of glory to meet Him in the air (1Thess 4:16-17)…oh what a joy that will be!…may The Lord embrace his family in His loving arms with strength faith hope love and assurance in His promise that He will take care of you…in Christ’s love my deepest sympathy!

  6. May 1, 2014    

    I’m praying for this dear family.

    • Scott Williams's Gravatar Scott Williams
      May 1, 2014    

      Thank you, Sharon. The Tittle family (and the Gaffneys, who also lost their home) need a lot of sustaining prayer as they move forward in the coming months.

  7. Annette Turner's Gravatar Annette Turner
    May 6, 2014    

    I stand in awe of an almighty God who lived in an ordinary man and made his life extraordinary. May his life and testimony live on in the legacy of his children and be blessed by the LORD God to change lives for all eternity. We who know Him will all be together one day, forever, never to be separated again. Praise His Name! Heaven is our reward! Be comforted by these words Tittle Family. And know, so many are grieving with you. May the God of all comfort, comfort and empower you so that in time, you may comfort others with this same comfort. Recognize the process of grief and trust our Savior to walk you through; it is indeed a tough road to navigate at times. BUT OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL! And through Him you WILL overcome.

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