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By — Jun 19, 2011 2:21pm

While at church today at Irving Bible Church, Andy spoke about his good friend Tom Dooley and their conversation days before his death. I almost fell out of my chair when he said this as I somehow had not heard about his passing.

It was Andy who had told us about Tom's cancer back in March. When I heard of this news I pulled out a picture of you and Tom and I on one of the trips to Israel and put it on my refrigerator. It is still there today. I wanted to keep Tom's presence in my thoughts and prayers.

I was very privileged to have spent 10 days with you and Tom on that journey in Israel. Listening to him every morning was the best part of my day. What a huge loss and void his passing has left for so many people. I witnessed your love for each other when being around you. So I know that your life feels like it is standing still without him. My heart aches for you.

I read his life story and was surprised to hear he spent a good amount of time in Louisville, KY. I grew up there and would have been there during the same time. I also knew Floyd Sharp from my previous church at Hackberry Creek.

I hope knowing that even many months later you can feel the love that Tom has left behind to help you find strength and peace.

From a friend that you and Tom help grow in Christ.

Nancy Montgomery