Memorial Service for Daniel Edward Halliday

Though incredibly sad, the memorial service this morning for Daniel Edward Halliday was permeated with peace and a distinct feeling of God’s comfort and His nearness. The service was held at Calvary Baptist church with between 300 and 350 persons dsc_00022attending. Each of the three main speakers–Pastor Chad, Pastor Buxton and Mike Buxton–did a wonderful job. The music was beautifully presented, and during the song, I Can Only Imagine, Misty rose to her feet, and lifted high both her hands. It was most touching.

It was thought that Dustin would be released from the hospital in time to attend this service, but he has suffered a little set-back: He has developed a slight case of pneumonia, and a wound on one of his legs has become infected. Please continue to pray for him, and for George, who is doing well, and will probably be able to come home in a few days.

From eulogy presented by Pastor Buxton

Once when Dustin was commended for training his children in the house of God, he plainly spoke. “I want Daniel to be up there, someday. I want him on the platform wearing a suit and a tie, taking part in the services.”


Well, sadly, that is not to be, and while we have more questions than answers, we can look to God’s Word for direction. We can ask Job, can we not? We can emulate Job, can we not? For when all his children were taken from him, his houses and possessions were destroyed, his friends had turned against him, he was stricken with boils from head to foot, and his wife looked on him with contempt—Job, faithful Job, righteous and perfect Job, said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”


Dustin and Misty, while because of the unfathomable and inscrutable intelligence of God, the life of our Daniel was allowed to prematurely end, I submit to you that he may yet have a profound ministry. Perhaps the lesson of his life and the lessons of his death may guide one—or two—who otherwise would not have followed Jesus, into the paths of righteousness. Could it be that the shadow of Daniel’s death will fall on one who will lift his head in sorrow, turn about and make his toward Calvary and toward the glory of the resurrection? Let us pray and believe it to be so.


And you, Dustin and Misty, your children, your families and friends can join with King David, who after the loss of a beloved child, said this: “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?


But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”


Little Daniel will not be back; he has gone to live with Jesus. But we have the opportunity for another happy day with Daniel…one victorious day, when having ourselves purified by the Holy Ghost, we will stand together in the rare and holy presence of God…and in the presence of Daniel.

12 thoughts on “Memorial Service for Daniel Edward Halliday

  1. I continue to feel deeply for the family of little Daniel. I am sorry for your loss and for your grief…wish there were something I could do to help.

    Love and prayers.

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  2. justin greene

    THIS IS MY LITTLE CUZ AND THAT GIRL GOD WILL FORGIVE HER BUT WE WILL NOT U PUT US TREW A LOT OG PAIN U NOW GOD SAY EVERY THING HAPPINS FOR A REOSON THAT SHOULD OF NEVER HAPPIN HE WAS ONLY NINE THAT THER PROVES GOD IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT AND HE IS STILL ONLY HUMAN AND HE MAKE MUSTAKES TO THE FAMILY OF THIS GIRL UR MOM SHOULD GET LONGER TIME IN PERSON

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  3. Christine

    …..God is about forgiveness..and though this a great tragedy I knew the driver in this accident and she is not a monster or terrible person she is a human being that made a terrible choice one that she will have to live with for the rest of her life….I know the guilt and grief she carries…no one can take back what happened that day but if she could she would…Our God is a loving,forgiving and merciful God…I pray for both families, little Dannys and Tina Means….I love her dearly and I know she is a good person…Im sorry for everyones loss in this whole incident my prayers are with you all

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  4. savannah: we loved danny he is family he may have been annoying on the occasional times but he was a sweet heart and made foot prints in everyones hearts he will always be there in heaven waiting for the day that we see him again standing next to him in heaven!!!!
    Brooklynn: hi i am dannys older cousin i just want to say tht he was way to young and i just want to say the drunk driver tht killed my 9 year old cousin GO TO HELL!!! u have put a huge scar on this family and you will never be able to fix it

    WE SEND OUR LOVE TO DANNY IN HEAVEN

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  5. Kris Keyes

    Bro and Sis Buxton…

    We are holding you and your church up in prayer here in Safford….we love you all and will continue to pray for you.

    Kris Keyes.

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  6. Douglas Brown

    Sis. Buxton, My name is Doug Brown and I am the Youth Pastor in Jackson, CA. I wanted to let you all know that my Family is praying for both of these families. My sister was killed at the age of 3. It was a tremendous loose to my family and I was only 5 at the time, but God carried us through and now I am 24 and I look back and What Bro. Buxton said about in this Death someone will be reached is so true. Through my sisters death I can name off at least 5 people that are saved and in Church and countless others that have been touched and reached. My entire family will continue to pray for this family and will begin to pray for the souls that ARE ALREADY BEING touched. This young man has already had an impacting ministry. God Bless

    Doug Brown

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  7. Nita

    I continue to pray for this precious family. I know without a doubt that Gods arms are around this family. I pray they have the peace that only God can give.

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