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Memories of Cos

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This page contains memories of Terry Cosby, past Pastor of White Bluff Chapel.


Cos' Famous Humor
Posted April 18, 2019

by Bill Burris

Early in his time with us our doorbell rang. When I opened the door, before I could even say anything, he asked if everything was ok. I must have had a strange look on my face. Then the broad smile came across his face and he said, "I was walking by and saw three buzzards on your roof and thought I should just stop and make sure all was well."



Cos the Mentor
Posted April 18, 2019

by Bill Burris

A powerful memory I have of Cos the Mentor involves his willingness to let me share his sermon time. It was the day I spoke to the congregation about what God had meant to me in my life.  In my work career I had had many opportunities to speak to small and large groups related to obtaining or retaining business.  But the idea of standing in front of the congregation and talking about my personal life was a big hurdle to overcome.  Cos encouraged me all the way as I prepared what I wanted to say.  That experience gave me a deeper relationship with some of the members who were there that day.

Marcie and I were double teamed for that event by Cos and Pam. As Cos sat nearby during my talk giving me additional confidence, Pam was sitting next to Marcie holding her hand for reassurance.  I think Marcie was afraid I would get up there and start babbling.

I came out of that day with a greater desire to tell people about our Lord and Savior. Cos helped me through every step of it along the way. He also encouraged me to continue writing for the website.


On the Road to Heaven
Posted April 4, 2019

by Jim Browder

A few days ago Lanette and I attended back-to-back funerals--one on Friday and the other on Saturday. As an old sports writer, I called it a double-header.

The Friday service was for writer Dan Jenkins who has been called the greatest sports writer of his generation.

The Saturday service was for Terry Cosby, our pastor.

On Sunday I suddenly realized the great contrasts and the many similarities between these two outstanding men, both good friends of the Browders. So, I had to write this story.

Dan grew up in the city, Fort Worth. Upon his success as a golf writer and novelist, he and his family lived in New York City for many years, celebrating life among the rich and famous.

Terry grew up on a farm near tiny Milford, a few miles east of White Bluff. During his ministry, his family lived in places like Hereford and Burnet, celebrating a rich life among farmers and ranchers.

Dan, I suspect, seldom saw the inside of a church because he was covering the big-time golf tournaments--which always end on Sunday.

Terry worked on Sundays, too.

Dan wrote 23 best-selling novels.

Terry preached from the No. 1 best-selling book of all time, the Bible.

Both were excellent writers. Dan mixed a lot of laughter into his thousands of stories and gained international fame. Terry mixed humor into his several thousand sermons--and changed lives.

December was the birth month of both - 26 years apart. Remarkably, Dan lived to 90 despite his love of cigarettes, coffee, Cokes and some booze. Blackie Sherrod hired Jenkins and taught him to write at the old Fort Worth Press. Blackie said: "Jenkins would come sailing in, smoking his 19th cigarette of the morning and drinking his 12th Coke, then sit down and write the best 800 newspaper words you ever read." Terry's life was cut way short at age 64--he was still in his prime--he still had words to write, things to say and Dr Peppers to drink.

Dan played golf with Ben Hogan and President George H.W. Bush.

Terry played golf with the president of WBC board of trustees, and hackers like me.

Dan was a GOOD athlete, playing golf and basketball in high school and was a member of the TCU golf team. He was one of a very few writers elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Terry was a GREAT athlete, an All-Star in high school football, basketball and track, winning State Championships in shot put and discus. At Howard Payne University he became All-American in shot put and discus and was inducted into the Howard Payne Sports Hall of Fame.

Jenkins' buddies were named Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus and Bush.

Terry's "buddies" were named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

A few years ago, Lanette was on the Search Committee to find a new pastor for WBC. She was the first person from the Chapel to talk with Terry, and was instrumental in his hiring. And Terry changed lives in White Bluff and Whitney.

Dan Jenkins, a classmate in journalism at TCU, hired me at The Fort Worth Press, and changed my life. If I hadn't taken that job I never would have eventually worked for the Dallas Cowboys.

In his best-selling novel "Baja Oklahoma" (which was turned into a movie), Jenkins wrote the "Ten Stages of Drunkenness." The list began with "witty and charming" and ended with "invisible and bulletproof."

Terry lived by the Ten Commandments, which began with "You shall have no other gods before me" and ended with "You shall not covet anything that is your neighbor's."

Dan's memorial service was conducted in the gigantic Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth. A string quartet played chamber music.

Terry's service was in White Bluff Chapel. There was a twang of country in the contemporary Christian music.

Christ Chapel seats 1,700 persons.

White Bluff Chapel comfortably seats about 200.

There were approximately 200 people at Dan's service. Nearly 400 people jammed into WBC to pay tribute to Terry.

Perhaps Terry and Dan met in heaven, shared a few laughs and maybe a Dr Pepper.


Debut of a New Column
Posted April 4, 2019

Beginning with this website update, the new "Memories of Cos" column will be an open forum for the Chapel family to share experiences you had when spending time with Cos.  It is certain that many of you have had moments that showed Cos' wonderful sense of humor.  Or maybe the way he may have helped you through a difficult time.  Possibly you were a recipient of his mentoring. 


If you are so inclined, you might share a picture to accompany your article, whether it is of the story you are telling or simply a sunset or golf green to set the mood.  But while pictures definitely enhance a story, they are by no means required. Just put your story in your own words. It can be simply one short paragraph or several, but please limit it to a total of 300-350 words.  Once we have your submission, Madeleine Lively and Bill Burris will review them and they might edit a few minor items, but certainly not the intent or the facts of the story that you wish to tell. 

Send your submission(s) to Bill Burris at aceburris42@gmail.com. Your input will be published in the next website update to go online, typically once every two weeks on Thursdays. It will appear in the "Memories of Cos" column on the Home page.


The Cosby Family
Posted April 4, 2019

To our dear White Bluff Chapel family: 

Words cannot express our heart-felt gratitude to all of you for your prayers, your cards, the food you brought over, and all your help during Terry's struggles.

The labor of love you willingly provided to make Terry's Memorial such a beautiful service touched our hearts in so many ways and is so very much appreciated.  Thank you for the warm welcome you gave to the guest speakers.  Thanks to Dylan for his prayer and support, to Tom and Paula for the music, to Mary and her committee for the food, to John and Kathleen for the work they did, and to everyone – and I know there are so many of you – for your support as we climbed this mountain. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your love, your encouragement and your generosity.

We are so blessed to be a part of this Christ-filled White Bluff Chapel family.

Pam, Matt and Clay Cosby

[Addition provided by the WBC Editorial Staff:]

The White Bluff Chapel Board of Trustees has sent the following out to the Chapel membership:
If you wish to honor Terry with a memorial gift to White Bluff Chapel, we are now able to offer two alternatives.

1.  One option is to make a tax deductible donation to the Chapel and designate the funds to go to the Missions Fund.  In this case, please note on your check "Missions".

2.  A second option is to make a non-deductible donation to the Chapel and designate the funds to go to the Cosby Family Fund. These funds will be accumulated and paid to Pam Cosby as a tax-free gift. In this case, note on your check "Cosby Family Fund".

Any memorial gifts received by the Chapel that are not designated will be applied to the Mission Fund.