“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” – John 5:24 (NKJV)
“Jesus said…I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…” – John 11:25-26a (NASB)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27 (NKJV)
A Memorial Service for Paul will be held on Tuesday April 28th at 3 pm for family only due to Covid-19. A live stream of the service is available. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be made directly to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial Service Live Stream: https://admin.mediafusionapp.com/_live/eventPlayer.php?eventId=2097_8743
Paul Begnoche – September 18, 1963 to April 23, 2020
Paul and Wanda met while serving in the United States Air Force. Paul always joked that Wanda was older (although she did not look older) and she outranked him. After retirement, they moved to Austin, Texas and joined the Bluebonnet Miata Club. In 2016 they moved to San Antonio and became more active in the club.
Those who knew Paul know that he was determined to enjoy the days he had left on earth and live life to the fullest. He bought a new Miata 2019 RF, Machine Gray Metallic, and added many “bells and whistles” to include some custom painting. He made Miata runs, Christmas parties, Miata Round Ups, cruises, road trips, monthly club meetings, and other events when most of us would not likely step foot out of our bedrooms much less our homes. Many of Paul’s family and friends knew how much Paul wanted to be there for recent events in his sons lives. Thanks to God for answered prayer as He let Paul live long enough to attend his son’s (Justin) wedding last summer and his son’s (Trevor) swearing-in ceremony as a Texas Deputy Sheriff earlier this year.
Paul recently slowed down and enjoyed having his sons visit him. In fact, just four days before his passing, he, Wanda, his sons, and daughter-in-law gathered outside their home to enjoy a “Miata Drive-By” orchestrated by a few of his closest club friends. It was a blessing to see the smiles on their faces, especially Paul’s. As we drove out of the neighborhood, Dan commented, “That was the shortest and most blessed run I have ever driven.”
Paul often acknowledged that he was grateful for our love and prayers. We will miss him greatly, but we are thankful that he suffers no more and is now safely at home in the arms of Jesus.
Paul’s battle with cancer is finally over.
— The Bluebonnet Miata Club
Written by Betty Hicks
To show how much of a fighter Paul truly was – we thought we would reprint this email he sent out to the Yahoo Groups on January 1st, 2018:
As I sit back and ponder 2017, I think about what to do. For those that do not know, I was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer in 2017 and my time is limited as 2018 may be the end for me. Therefore I do have a couple choices. I choose to accept death as it is coming my way. I cannot run from it but I can give it one hell of a fight. I can live for every moment God gives me.
My hope is that each of you will live out each day to the fullest. You never know what tomorrow will bring. So I ask, that you be kind to the person next to you. That you do not lash out against the person next to you just because they have a different opinion.
PLEASE do not respond to this email as I am not looking for any type of sympathy. But I do wish that you take a moment to simply think about you about your own lives offer and how you can HELP your fellow member whether it be a family member or friend.
I wish each of you a prosperous 2018. Think about the loved ones in your family. Think about the ones who have strayed from your hearts. All will need the total amount of love you have to offer!
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