Our Christy Girl From Durham Has Gone Home

Christy Ann Witherington

Christy Ann Witherington died in her home in Durham, NC of natural causes on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Christy was born August 14, 1979 in Durham, England where her parents lived from 1977 – 1980 while her father pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Durham. Christy graduated from P.L. Dunbar High School in 1997. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University in 2002 with a degree in experimental psychology. She completed her Masters in Analytics at North Carolina State University in May 2010. Since June 2010 she worked as a project scheduling consultant for IBM.

Christy is survived by her parents, Ann Sears Witherington and Dr. Ben Witherington III of Lexington; her brother, David Witherington of North Wales, PA; her grandmother, Joyce West Witherington of Charlotte, NC; her maternal aunt, Elaine Sears-Dennehy of Attleboro, MA; her paternal aunt, Laura Joyce Witherington of Jacksonville, FL; and her Russian “sister” Yuliya Tsutserova.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Ben Witherington Jr, and her maternal grandparents, Ralph and Florence (Boucher) Sears.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, January 17, from 6-8 PM at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road. A special service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Blue Grass Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts in Christy’s name can be sent to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504 (www.adoptlove.net).

There are bridges we cross in life
To get from here to there
We cross them as we hurry on
And hardly even care.

Draw and covered bridges
A graceful span or two
They are never destinations
We’re just traveling through.

The bridge of faith is different though
It stretches to our end
From here to God’s eternity
Without a curve or bend.

You cross it in a moment
And find yourself at home
Safe in the arms of Jesus
Never more to roam.

We named our girl Christy Ann
A Christian she would be
She crossed before we said goodbye
Her bridge to eternity.

She built her bridge with gracious deeds
She persevered in love
The final plank was laid in place
By God himself above.

And as we build our bridge of faith
So we may go there too
We call to her across the divide
“Remember, we loved you.”

  • Anonymous

    Prof. Witherington,

    The prayers of my wife and I go out on your behalf. We are so terribly sorry to hear of your loss.

    Charles & Cherith Meeks

  • Rachel Koopmans

    Dear Dr Ben and family,
    My condolences and my prayers as you grieve the death of your daughter. I’m so sorry for your loss!
    Grace and peace,
    Rachel (Tabor Adelaide)

  • Craig Beard

    My condolences, Ben.

  • Randyhardman

    Dr. Witherington,

    Our family’s prayers have gone out on behalf on you and your family the past couple days. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

    Randy Hardman

  • Rick Cooke

    So sorry to hear this Doc Ben! Love and condolences to you, your wife and your family. Prayers for you and all in your circle affected by this loss.

  • Anonymous

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family during this time of loss.

  • Harold Attridge

    May your daughter rest in peace. We’ll keep you and all your family in our prayers.

  • Rev Bob Simmons

    Dr. Ben, I am an Ashland grad just a few years before you taught there. Please know that my heart is heavy for you and your family. Thank God for the victory of Christ over death! You are in my prayers. May the hope of the resurrection fill your heart.

  • http://www.peaceforthejourney.com/ elaine @ peace for the journey

    Prayers for peace and comfort in this time of tremendous grief and suffering…

    Elaine Killian Olsen

  • David Young

    My death brother and sister in Christ, Ben and Anne Witherington,
    Our most heartfelt and deepest condolences and prayers for all of your family at this time of deep loss and grief. May you all know and feel the supporting arms and buttress of our hope and life in Christ – a hope and the life that you have so helped us all with in your writings – as you walk this bridge of memory and grief.
    David and MaryLynn Young

  • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

    I’m so sorry to hear this Ben. I join with others in offering heartfelt condolences and prayers for you and your family. Until that special Day when you are reunited…

  • Dana Ames

    So sorry for your loss, Dr. W. May your daughter be established in God’s memory forever, and may he grant your family great consolation.

    Give rest with the just, O our Savior, unto thy servant, and establish her in Thy courts, as it is written.

    Dana Ames

  • Dgibbs18

    Ben, I extend my symphathies and pray for God’s consolation and peace on you and your family.

  • Aemeece

    Dr. Ben, I am so sorry to hear of Christy’s passing. There are no words . . . I send prayers and love to you and your family during this time. I remember you telling us the story of Christy’s birth in class last spring. Rest assured she knows how much you all loved her.

    ~ Ann Meece

  • DavidSulcer

    Ben, you give so much inspiration to our hearts that to hear of the pain of your own child’s passing is truly a loss of our own. I am so glad that the strong arm of faith holds us during these times. To know that Christy has walked across the bridge we all hope to follow into the arms of Christ is a comforting truth.

    Our prayers are with you and yours during this season of grief and loss. It is SO good to know that we truly serve the “God of the Living.”

  • Denis SCHULTZ

    Dear BW3,
    Even if we never met (so far… a french proverb says only mountains never meet) I feel somehow, through the reading of your posts and your sharing of slices of life with us, a bit part of the family. What you thus share day by day enriches us and helps us deepen our faith. So as you are struck by one do the hugest tempests of life I want to express my profound sympathy from another point of the bridge, on the other side of the ocean.
    May God grant you to find in him strength peace and hope which transcends all understanding so that your hearts and your minds be kept in Christ Jesus.

  • Todd D. Still

    Ben and Ann,

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. I pray that you will by God’s good grace experience peace and hope in the midst of your grief. I will miss the visitation on Tuesday; I am laying plans to attend the remembrance service on Wednesday.

    Yours in Christ,
    Todd Still

  • Melvin and Anita McIntosh

    Ben, I taught the Fellowship Class at Myers Park UMC, this morning, and learned about the death of Christy Ann. Anita and I are so very sorry for your loss, and will certainly remember you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during these days. Adults Plus will be meeting at MPUMC, during the time of the service of remembrance, on Wednesday, and we will remember your family, including your mom, at that time, as well.

    Melvin and Anita McIntosh

  • Ivankarel

    Dr Ben.
    May the Holly Spirit strengthen your family and your ministry.

  • Ben DeVan

    May God’s spirit be with you and your family, Dr. Ben. Lovely poem in memory of Christy Ann.

  • Carol Harris

    Dear Ann and Ben, Emily and David, Joyce and Laura,
    Thank you for comforting all of us with ‘The Bridge of Faith’. My deepest sympathy and heartful prayers are with you today and always. Blessings, Carol

  • Mary Ellen Polson

    Jim and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss. Christy Ann will live in your hearts forever.

  • Benw333

    Thanks to one and all. Nice to hear from you Mary Ellen.

  • Rita Winsor

    To Christy’s family and friends, I feel a void, an emptiness with a firm belief that we have added a beautiful angel to watch over us. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rita

  • James Neeley Sr

    We friends of Christy in Durham share your lose. Christy was a very close friend of my son James who turn it was to check on her when he found her. She was a wonderful friend to him and his friends. My son James plans to attend services and we are caring for her pets until things get sorted out.

    My daughter Melissa has been feeding the dogs and cats and will do so until we hear otherwise. We may be reached at 919 968 6882 for pet issues. The cats are indoor only, and the 2 big dogs have some access to the fenced in back yard while someone is there.

    I share your sorrow
    James Neeley Sr,

  • Benw333

    Thank you Mr. Neeley. We are so grateful for Christy’s friends at this time, as this is the most difficult thing imaginable. Ben W.

  • Ferrell Jenkins

    Ben, I regret deeply that you and your family must endure this loss. Ferrell Jenkins

  • http://twitter.com/emeoliv Emerson de Oliveira

    I love your books, mr. Whiterington. May God be with you.