At 5:10 PM on August 2, 2016, at Greenville, Ohio, Bro. Elias John Burr passed into the more immediate presence of angels, who swiftly conveyed him from the scene of a tragic accident to a state of unbounded bliss.
Bro. Elias was born on August 14, 1999 in Fairborn, Ohio. Angels rejoiced as he was born again on March 14, 2008, at the tender age of eight. A few months later he was entirely sanctified.
Bro. Elias was a living testimony to the saving and keeping power of the grace of God. He being dead still speaks. Like Moses, he gladly chose to rather suffer reproach and affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. He defied the course of this world, and fled youthful lusts. He lived a life of radical holiness, and boldly exhorted his peers to do the same. His allegiance and faithfulness to the church of God were unmistakable, and upon his departure from this life, he left no occasion for doubt or question as to his present abode in the paradise of God.
Bro. Elias leaves behind his grieving mother, Crystal Burr of Greenville, Ohio; father, Jason Hargrave of Greenville, Ohio; sister, Aleese Estrada of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brothers, Michael and Jordan Burr of Greenville, Ohio; grandparents, Pamela Burr of Jacksonville, Florida, and Thad and Mary Ann Burr of Southbury, Connecticut, as well other grieving relatives, saints, classmates, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Phyllis Hargrave. Those who knew him remember him as a saint, devoted friend, excellent worker, superb horseman, and a natural winner of the hearts of men.
While we do not understand why God so suddenly removed this young soldier of the Cross from the battle field of earth, we refuse to question the Omniscience of His Creator. His presence, songs, testimonies and exhortations will be much missed in the assembly of the saints. Even now, his example is stirring the hearts of those he left behind. If we will honor His memory, we must fight like he fought, and love like he loved.
There will be a service held on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Church of God, 5065 St. Rt. 49 S., Greenville, Ohio, with Brother Ray Tinsman officiating. Burial will follow in the Church of God Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com