|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1977|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1983|
Faith Diane McGhee was born April 28, 1977 at the Griffin Spalding County Hospital in Griffin, Georgia. She was delivered by Dr. James Skinner. She was the second daughter and child of Katrina Diane Sampler and Hilton Clarence McGhee.
When Faith was about four weeks old, she was diagnosed with a cyst on her brain. During the next few weeks she had several surgeries. The doctors said that she would not be able to sit up or do anything and that part of her brain was not there. When she returned from surgery, her little eyes were jumping and wandering all about. I prayed to God and asked him to touch her. I told him I could take her not being able to do anything, but I just couldn't stand watching her with her eyes like that. In a matter of a few seconds, her eyes calmed. During the month that she was in Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, she turned over and began doing all the things she should be doing at that age. God had definitely touched our daughter. Over the next six years Faith developed normally. No one could tell that anything had been wrong with her unless they happened to touch her head and felt the shunt that had been placed in her head to drain the spinal fluid into her stomach. (This surgery had to be done prior to removal of the brain cyst.) As are all children, she was a very special gift from God. She was an exceptionally spiritual little girl too. The following is a note that she had written to her older sister:
God is with you, Hope.
God loves you, Hope.
And I do, too, Hope.
Faith attended Griffin Christian Academy for four and five-year-old kindergarten and she was very active in church. She enjoyed singing and Missionettes, a program for young girls. She was also taking piano. She attained a perfect score on her National Piano Auditions in Atlanta. (Her music teacher said the judges hardly ever gave a perfect score.) She was a child that touched a lot of people's lives before and after her death. After her death, due to the emotional strain of working at the hospital in Pediatrics, I opened a Christian Book Store in our home-"Faith, Hope, and Joy." When I was low in spirit, God always sent someone along to lift me up. Through my testimony of Faith's life and death, she continued to touch lives.
Why God chose to take Faith so suddenly, I don't know. I do know that God says in his word that we only know in part now. Someday we will know the reason.
Faith began having severe headaches during the night of June 29, 1983. She died the next morning at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. An autopsy showed a recurrent brain tumor. She was the first organ donor at Scottish Rite Hospital.
Notes by Katrina Sampler McGhee--Mother
In Loving Memory of Faith Diane McGhee
April 28, 1977-June 30, 1983
You were here not by chance, but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you and made you the person you were.
He compared you to no one else--You were one of a kind.
You lacked nothing that His grace could not give you.
He allowed you to be here at your time in history,
To fulfill His special purpose.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: Katrina McGhee
Record added: May 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51987179