Joshua Wesson

May 1, 1974 ~ August 7, 2015

Joshua Stephen Wesson, age 41, of Dominican Republic, drowned in the Dominican Republic on August 7, 2015, while attempting to save three teenage boys. Joshua was born on May 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Illinois. He was son to Dr. Karen Wesson and Dr. and Mrs. Joel Wesson (Gwen). He graduated from Windsor Hills Baptist School in 1992 and later Oklahoma Baptist College in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Missions. He married the love of his life, Joy Herndon on December 21, 1996 in Sulphur, Louisiana. Joshua's passion in life was serving God and serving others. He had many talents which include singing, preaching and evangelizing and he used those talents in serving the Lord. He and Joy and their four children spent 15 years in the Dominican Republic as missionaries and had a great impact in this country. "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 True to his passion in life, Josh's last act of love on this earth was to save two lives and give his in attempting to save one more. Joshua is survived by his wife, Joy, and their children, Kimberly, Stephen, Ashlyn, and Katlyn; his parents; his siblings, Wendy Green (Marcus) of Oklahoma City, Jennifer Post (Dan) of Quebec, Canada, and Jeff Wesson (Annette) of Oklahoma City. Service for Josh will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2:00 at Grace Baptist Church in Sulphur, LA. Burial will follow at Big Wood Cemetery in Edgerly, LA. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the church from 12 pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joy Wesson c/o Grace Baptist Church 2516 Riley Street Sulphur, LA 70663.

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  1. Josh was a great mentor to me when I was younger. I looked up to him when he was in High School, when he was my football coach, and when He preached. Joy, Josh was such a blessing to so many people. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. What a true gift those boys received from their pastor! My prayers and thoughts are with the family today. May the comforter show Himself strong to you all in these days. Heaven is sounding sweeter!!

  3. My heart felt prayers for Joy and the kids…..GOD'S WILL NEVER LEADS US WHERE HIS GRACE CAN NOT SUSTAIN US….

  4. I will always have my memories of all the fun we had selling candy for you, and Jeff. All the love you showed in everything you did. Can't wait to see you again in Heaven.

  5. God bless! We spent a week with Josh and Stew in the DR. He had us over for dinner and basketball. He and Stew had a wonderful church and church family!!! Prayers for all.

  6. Joy and Family, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It's never easy but you will never walk this journey alone! God sees every tear and every smile. Memories are a blessing to hold forever! God Bless.

  7. Joshua and I were pals all through elementary and middle school. I have very special memories of him and Danny Everett. We laughed all the time. He was very athletic, very smart, and one of my favorite memories I will always treasure. Thank you, Josh for those days. I will see you on the other side some day.

  8. Our hearts truly ache for you, Joy, and your family! We lift you up in prayer several times a day. Sunday, the special was "There Is A River" sung in memory of Josh. Sending you our heartfelt sympathy and love. The Bosje"s

  9. Our Pastor shared the home going of our brother in Christ, I Prayed for this family to be comforted in the blessed hope of our Lord's soon return, and the joy of being together again. Praying for strength and comfort, and for wisdom for each day.

  10. The heart of all my country (DR) was moved by his noble and christian action. For his family: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" Philp.1:21.God bless his family, our family in Christ.

  11. My wife and I want to say that we are still praying for you and your children and will only stop when we all hear the "SHOUT"!!! We have been praying for you for some time now and we are wanting to convey to you and your family that we will understnad just why this happened this way. We will keep you always in our prayers!!!

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