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Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System
Family shares thanks even in loss of brother
By Derrick Smith, Public Affairs Specialist
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Carson McSherdon recently preached three funerals, including one for his brother, yet he shares his thanks. Carson, an elder of Life of Faith Tabernacle in Sulfur Springs, Alabama, is a man full of faith.
“There were four brothers and all served in the military except me, I served the Lord,” said Carson.
His brother Thomas, an Army Vietnam Veteran, recently passed after falling and breaking his hip which caused him to be hospitalized. Tommy, as his family called him, also suffered from liver cancer and would later succumb to pneumonia.
“He was weak and tired when he fell and got to the hospital,” Carson explained. “The Birmingham VA was especially good to him. They took good care of my brother.”
Carson was also grateful to be able to spend some time with his brother during his last moments. With COVID-19 affecting visitation in medical facilities across the world, the McSherdon’s were granted permission to visit with their terminally ill brother at the Birmingham VA Health Care System.
“My brother Joe made the initial call to see if we could get in to see Tommy. The doctors, nurses and screeners assisted coordinating the Carson family visitation during this terrible virus.”
Carson and their youngest and only female sibling, Wilma, visited with Tommy in his last hours. Wilma was Tommy’s caregiver.
“She always cared for Tommy and made sure he was taken care of,” Carson said.
Joe, the oldest, served in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Naval Reserves. He continues to receive his care from the VA.
“The VA saved Joe’s life,” according to Carson.
Their brother Rob, known as RL, is a Navy Veteran.
Carson and his wife spend much of their time ministering at the Alabama Teen Challenge Women’s Center in Hayden.