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ZACHARY RYAN ENDSLEY, 21 of Spring, TX was called home to stand guard for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 23, 2007 while defending our freedom in Afghanistan with the US Army. Zachary was born July 3, 1986 in Houston, TX. He is survived by his parents Terry Endsley of Crosby, TX and Melinda and David Carroll of Spring. He has one brother Aaron, of Crosby, TX, and two step sisters Katie Petty and husband Shawn of Spring and Kimberly Worthington and husband Tyler of Marshall, TX. Surviving grandparents are Virginia and Bill Fisher of Jacinto City and Ralph Carroll of Spring, also deceased grandmother Lou Carroll. He also leaves behind many other family and friends who loved him and will miss him very much. The family will receive these friends during a visitation Thursday evening, August 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 at Crossroads Baptist Church, 6565 Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands. Home going celebration will be held Friday morning August 3rd at 10:00AM also at Crossroads Baptist Church with internment to follow at the Houston National Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the many acts of kindness and support by their friends, neighbors and church family of Crossroads along with the Patriot Guard Riders.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jul. 31, 2007.
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February 15, 2017
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Endsley Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Zachary Ryan Endsley US Army Corporal. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
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Charlie Gili
July 29, 2015
My condolences to the family of Zachary Endley, sorry for your loss.
Micah 4:3,4
July 23, 2014 will NEVER be forgotten! Missing you cuz!
July 9, 2014
His strength, bravery and courage will never be forgotten. Blue Star Mothers of America - Houston
Beth Gillett
May 22, 2014
Thinking of you heavily this week of Memorial Day and honoring all that you and your family have sacrificed. We miss you and love you so!
Tammy Blackwell
November 11, 2013
I miss you, my precious Zachary. I think of you every day and night. I love you and can't wait to see you again!

November 11, 2013
Missing and thinking of you with a heavy heart this Veteran's Day, Zach, for you and your family have given the greatest of all sacrifices. And so we should remember to "Never underestimate the power of love NOR the difference one person can make in this world for to do so is to accept futility and surely live a life without ever having lived at all."
Tammy Endsley Blackwell
July 23, 2013
To the family and friends of Pfc. Zachary Endsley:
Always remembering Zachary. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
July 23, 2013

As the day's drag on I am reminded of you and find my smile once more. Forever missed.

SGT Crosson
clifton crosson
January 15, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Timothy Wallace
January 1, 2013
In memory and honor of Zachary Endsley on New Year's Day 2013. Gone but never forgotten. Our gratitude for Zachary will remain eternal.
September 11, 2012
Thinking of you on this fateful day. We miss you and are grateful and humbled by your sacrifice!
Tammy Holmstrom
September 10, 2012
Recording starts Thanksgiving weekend, Endz. Can't wait to share your song with the world.
Brian Mesecher
June 13, 2012
Hey, Endz. It's been awhile. That song I wrote for you is about to be immortalized. I got signed with a Pensacola record label yesterday. Your song is going to be on the track listing. I miss you, man.
Brian Mesecher
November 18, 2011
July 23, 2011
To the family and friends of Pfc. Zachary Endsley:
Please accept my remembrance of Zachary on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
July 23, 2011
To the family of Pfc. Zachary Endsley,
We remember Pfc. Zachary Endsley - his life, his service to our country and his great sacrifice will not be forgotten. My you feel the loving arms of our heavenly Father around you especially on this day. God bless
Sandy Graham
May 25, 2011

My name is SGT Crosson and Endsley is a very good friend of mine. I was there with him the day he past and I never thought that a guy like him would leave us. I now am stationed in Fort Hood TX, and this memorial day will visit his resting place. I just dont know where that is. I do know the town but if anyone can help I would be greatful. My number is 254 317 9658. Thank you for your help and time and my wish to his family is that you know that Zack was and always will be remembered for the great friend and soldier he was.
clifton crosson
May 4, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
clifton crosson
January 30, 2011
My beloved former step father is Ken Pridgeon Sr. I hope and pray that his tribute to Zack is a testament of the gratitude we all have for those who gave so honorably so that my children will continue to live in the greatest country in the world. Thank you Zach for your ultimate sacrifice. Mark S. Adamson and family.
Mark Adamson
July 24, 2010
To the family and friends of Pfc. Zachary Endsley:
Remembering Zachary on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
January 8, 2010
Me and Zach were good friends in junior high and I will never forget his sence of humor and funny cartoon drawings. He cracked me up everytime I was around him. He was a great guy and passed doing what he always wanted to do. I miss him greatly.
Casey Boutian
November 11, 2009
Missing you, Zach, on this special Veteran's Day and honoring you for what you have sacrificed for us!
Tammy Holmstrom
July 28, 2009
Endz. I miss you, man. Wrote a song about you that I know you'd appreciate. Peace, brother.
Brian Mesecher
July 23, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Zachary Endsley:
Zachary gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
January 29, 2009
December 29, 2008
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Kenna Larra
November 12, 2008
Remembering you with honor, Zach. We miss you so much and thank you for our freedoms.
Tammy Holmstrom
November 12, 2008
Hi, my name is matt, I was with your son only for a little while when I went out to the fob area. I had the privialge to know him even for the briefest of moments, as as a broadcast journialist it was fun to film him. I sure you must be sad, but know that he has passed beyond pain and lays in a peacefull place now.
Matthew Littel
October 29, 2008
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
July 23, 2008
In Memory of Zachary ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Zachary, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –
(To hear the song)


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
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July 5, 2008
Safely Home
Happy Belated Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
July 1, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Pfc Endsley!
May 8, 2008
It was nice to be able to meet him but it was even better to be able to serve with him! love you creeper and will always be thinking of you!
jack clark
December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas Zachary!
I miss you so much here!
I love you,
October 26, 2007
On behalf of, I'd like Zach's family to know that his and your priceless sacrifice is appreciated and enduring. "Love never fails." (Then God Almighty put a period).

We miss ya IM. Hope you'll come around soon.
October 23, 2007
As a friend and as a soldier. zach you were great rotc was fun science class was great. high school had its up and downs and life its the same. thank you for bein a friend and bein a soldier always remember you and do the same thang you been doin.

A1C batema, kristopher
kristopher batema
August 27, 2007
To the parents of Zachary, I would like to extend my heart felt sorrow as I know what you are going through and what you will yet go through in the coming weeks. I too am the mother of another fallen soldier and with God's continued support in my life I try to reach out to other who might need the support of someone who has been where you are. I want to offer you the support you may need to contact me anytime so that you may vent, talk or just seek comfort I am here for you. As a Gold Star Mother I've reached out through God's blessings to many across the country and we have a good support group. May God continue to give you and your family the love, comfort and healing that you need. In memory of my son SPC Harry (Buck) Winkler III KIA Samarra, Iraq November 12, 2006
debbi rivers
August 23, 2007
To Melinda, David, Terry, Aaron; words are of no use in attempting to describe how much I enjoyed the company of your son and brother. I pray that you will be comforted that he has had such a profound positive influence on those who have had the joy of meeting him, and rejoice that he is in God's kingdom now. Zach, take it easy while you're up there, bro. I trust you will still be strumming that guitar when I decide to cruise on in for my final landing. Odds are I will bring my keyboard like old times. Will miss you dearly in the meantime.

-An old friend and fellow soldier.
Blake Childers
August 20, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Pfc Endsley and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 20, 2007
May God give you strength in knowing your not alone. My brother was with Zachary on 7/23/07and even though their no longer with us I know they will forever be in our hearts. They will not be FORGOTTEN
LaVette Curry
August 20, 2007
To the family and friends of Cpl. Zachary Ryan Endsley I offer my heartfelt sympathy. Every time I read or hear on the news of another lost soldier, my heart hurts. I pray for your peace now and in the days to come. Please keep my son, Spc. Crockett Fowler Butler, in your thoughts and prayers as he awaits deployment. Cpl. Endsley, your service and sacrifice to this great country will never be forgotten. Libby Fowler
Libby Fowler
August 11, 2007
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your beloved son, Zachary. May God comfort you in His loving arms.
Your son is a hero and will never be forgotten by the grateful people of America. God bless Zachary and God bless his family for raising this hero.
Rest in Peace.
Shawnee (Austin, TX)
August 10, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Zachary to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Zachary in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael iezzi
August 9, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Endsley family in the loss of Zachary. I did not know Zachary, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Zachary you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza
August 6, 2007
Our first time meeting...and a great time at the bar!
I was lucky enough to meet Endsley during my stay in Germany with my brother Joseph who was his best friend in the army. Each day I still find it hard to believe he is gone, but I know that he died doing what he believed in and that he will always be with us in spirit. My heart goes out to not only his family but to those who loved and knew him. I for one know that I will never forget him and will always miss him.
Jenifer Niezgodzki
August 6, 2007
I am very honored to say that I was the Team Leader of this fine young Warrior, I had the opportunity to know him, train with him. We conducted Physical Fitness together and let me tell you he could run for days. We conducted team live fire and multiple ranges with endless hours of training thru day and night, rain and hot weather but yet he was always standing tall, never complained, and always very motivated to accomplish any task...His answer was as always "Yes Sergeant" "No Sergeant" He executed all tasks efficiently and with lighting speed. I will miss him. He may not be here in person, but his words and good memories will live with me forever. To the family of this young warrior goes my deepest condolences. SGT Jacome Carlos Bravo Company 1-4INF 3rd Platoon 1st Squad Alpha Team: SGT JACOME CPL ENDSLEY SPC ANDRADE PFC BUZAS
Carlos Jacome
August 5, 2007
Dear Terry,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your beloved son, Zachary. May God's love carry you through your grief.
Connie Wilkerson Gill
August 5, 2007
To the family of Zachary Endsley I offer my deepest heartfelt sympathy. It is my prayer that the God of our Fathers strengthen, restore and bless you with a beautiful stream of precious memories of life shared with your son.
Harold T. Barnett
August 4, 2007
On behalf of a grateful nation, Thank you.
My son Pfc Tim Hanke served with Zach in Germany and said he was his best friend in the Army. They had gone through basic together at FT Benning, all the Texas boys hung out with each other.
I also work with Zach's dad, Terry.
May the Lord comfort you, we mourn with you.
T.K. Hanke
August 3, 2007
steve&carol spretz
August 3, 2007
You son, family member, friend and loved one is a true AMERICAN HERO. May God bless you all as you mourn the loss of this brave American solider. He has my utmost respect, appreciation and gratitude.
Amy Martin
August 3, 2007
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
August 3, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007

Sharon & Willard Shuptrine
August 3, 2007
I am the mother of two soldiers serving in the United States Army. As a military mother, I offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family and Zachary have served this country with honor and sacrifice. I will pray for your healing and peace as you release Zachary to be with Jesus. Know that you will be reunited one day in unending joy!
God bless our soldiers and
God bless Zachary.
Yours in prayer,
Mother of Soldiers
Marilyn Rasmussen
August 2, 2007
We were so sad to hear about Zach. You raised such a fine young man and I am thankful he served our country for all of us. He will be in our hearts forever.
Cathie Endsley
August 2, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. I didnot know your son but am thankful for those soldiers who go and fight for our country. What a blessing he must have been to you. Your family will be in my heart and prayers.
M.A. Herrera
August 2, 2007
My thoughs and prayers are with you and your family.
Melissa Capps
Melissa Capps
August 2, 2007
Pro Patria Vigilans

The US Army Signal Corp motto stands for, "Watchful for the Country." This is the motto I swore an oath to under the US Army's motto, "This We'll Defend." Just as I know Zach swore to the US Infantry Division's, "Follow Me," under the same. These mottos will forever be etched in my soul in Zach's remeberance.

He was my cousin, my friend, a comrade in battle, and a life hero. I never expected to see myself at war in Iraq with the Army. But it came nevertheless with its triumphs, losses, and horrors of war. These losses never truly hit home until now as Zach fell defending something he believed in. The same that I believe in and fought for. He was a brother in arms and I hope that everything I do in life will honor my brave comrade till the day my Father takes me.

I love you so incredibly much Zach and family. I cannot even imagine what it is like for you but please know that you are forever in my prayers and in my heart. I only hope I was the soldier I know Zach was and that I can be as beautiful a person as he was. We were all blessed by Zach's life. He will be deeply missed and forever loved. God Bless and God Speed to you my comrade and hero.
Tigh Holmstrom
August 2, 2007
I send you my deepest most heartfelt prayers for your most difficult of losses. I did not have the pleasure of knowing your son, but I know enough to know that he loved his family, his country and his LORD. He is in a far better place, and have faith that you WILL see him again on the shores of heaven, with the Bravest of the brave. God keep you all in His loving embrace and may you find comfort and peace in Him.
A Grateful Believer
August 2, 2007
David, Melinda & Aaron below is the Soldiers Creed which I know Zach lived up to and believed in. I am saddened by your loss and if there is anything that I can do please let me know.

Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handler(AW) Steve Flynn USNR

I am an American Soldier,
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough,
Trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.
ABHCS(AW) Steve Flynn
August 2, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to the Carroll and Endsley family on the loss of your son.

David, Melinda, & Aaron;
There are no words that can ever replace the smiling, loving face of a child, in which I pray those treasured memories remain close to your heart. But know that the ultimate sacrifice which has been given in place of our freedom, was given by your “True Brave Heroic Soldier," who will not be forgotten. At this time our family will stand in grieve, and let our heart ache with you to help take away your pain, and our prayer for your family is to comfort you and strengthen the ache in your heart. To Zach; there is no greater love than that of a man lying down his life for others. There are no words for this gratitude, because there was such a great price. David & Melinda we love you, and we are here for you.

HOOAH CPL Zachary Endsley

ABHCS (AW) Steven, Medea, Justin, Dylan, & Erika
The Flynn Family
August 2, 2007
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Joh:15:13:
Thank You. Zachary Ryan Endsley
My Grandfather was named Zachary
Jackie Dunaway
August 2, 2007
Lord our God, You are always faithful and quick to show mercy. Zach was violently taken from us. Come swiftly to his aid, have mercy on him, and comfort our family and friends by the power and protection of the cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Melinda and David, I know this is the hardest of times for the both of you. Im so sorry for your loss. Zach was a wonderful person who I have much respect for.
Thank you Zach.
Kate Booher
August 2, 2007
"Zach," as my son called him, spent many hours at my house over the years playing his guitar---accompanied by my son on drums and any other musician who joined them. Their music filled the house and also entertained many of my neighbors. When I heard that Zach had joined the Army, I prayed for him often. Recently when my son, James, was going through a difficult period, it was your son Zach who was James' encourager---telling James to "hang in there." Zach will be remembered by my family as a sweet, quiet, respectful young man. He was always a welcome guest in my home. Now he is a welcome guest in his Heavenly home. God bless you all and comfort you in your sorrow.
Julie Williams
August 2, 2007
Dear Terry,
My heart breaks for you and your family. The precious memories and your faith will get you through this. You are in my prayers.
Terrie Blackshear- Green
August 2, 2007
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat - R.N. in TN
by- Patsy Jo Reed Sircy
I saw the BUD at dusk last eve, wistfully I sighed,
I rushed time to have morn' when it would open wide;
The moon's tears were there, to hint a moment's stay,
My memory seized the Blink in TIME, then it flew away!
The petals bulged to show their beauty, I fought a tear,
I strained to think, recall why I felt a Fleeting FEAR;
Hauntingly I reached for shifting grains in Sands of Time,
The CALLIOPE played on, no pause for reason or rhyme!
One Blink, ONE BLINK, I held the precious passing Bloom,
The whirling CLOUDs became a ceiling, with no room;
Would I had turned the GLASS to try to buy some Sand,
A few more grains, but now my ROSE grows in another Land!

No brighter ROSE will ever bloom, none to match that SMILE;
Now GOD smiles down, with ROSE in Hand, the one I had awhile!
Patsy Jo Reed Sircy
August 2, 2007
I did not have the privilege of knowing Zach, but have great respect for him and his sacrifice. He sounds like an exceptional young man. I got an email about him and it touched me as I also lost a son named Zack.

My Zack wanted to go to fight the terrorists and protect our country and our freedoms. He had the utmost respect for those who serve with Courage, as Zach did. He instead had to stay home and fight brain cancer. He also was a devoted Christian and young, two weeks away from 21, when we lost him.

I know the pain of losing a son in battle but also know the grace that God grants to those who mourn. My heart and my prayers are with your family as you go through this tough time. May God cover you during this time with the peace that passes understanding and that comes from knowing you will see Zach again in Heaven.
Barbara Homrighaus
August 1, 2007
In Oct. 1999 we had our family reunion in Tuckerman AR we were all together for the first and what we said was the last time, one there that day said that was her piece of heaven to have us all together, but we now know that the real reunion was when Zach went home and there to take him by the hand was Pop and Maw-Maw Fisher, Susie, Jackie West and many other loved ones to take him to meet Our Heavenly Father and then Zach was truly at the family reunion as we will all one day be...Zach is a HERO in Texas and a HERO in our NATION. We love you all and our prayers are with all of you always. God Bless all of you.
Aunt Barbara & Donna Lynn
August 1, 2007
I know that your hearts are heavy, and the sorrow and grief that you feel is above all understanding. You had Zack for 21 years of his precious life, and God needed him now in His Army. I know your faith is strong, because Bro. Larry {your brother} preached on it Sunday morning. You have to trust that God will sustane you and comfort you at this time. The only thing good from this is that ZACK GOT THE BEST PROMOTION HE WOULD HAVE EVER GOTTEN FROM THE ARMY, BY BEING IN THE ARMS OF JESUS. God Bless You at this time, and i will continue to lift your family up in prayers daily. In His Precious Love.
Mike Locke
August 1, 2007
Melinda: It's been years since we worked together and when we heard the news last week we only realized that it was yet another local HERO who had been taken too soon. It was only after Jackie Schlemmer sent the email that we knew Zach belonged to you. It made our prayers more personal. We thank you humbly for the sacrafice made by your entire family so that Zachary could selflessly protect a nation full of people dependent on him and others like him. We will continue to lift your family up in our prayers. We know that God makes NO mistakes and today Zachary is in a place much better than we are. With our sympathy, Dollie & Mitch Clark and girls, Humble Texas
Dollie Clark
August 1, 2007
Although I never met Zachary, I know he was a young man that made his parents very proud of him. His mother Melinda is a dear friend of mine, and she spoke very highly of Zachary stating how proud she was of him for the choice he made to serve and defend his country. I want to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Zachary, but he is serving his time in heaven with God now where there is no more pain or sorrow, and that is the highest honor that anyone can ever receive.
Kedra Jones
August 1, 2007
Terry...I can not imagine the grief and pain that this is causing you and your family. Try to find some peace in knowing your son is a hero to us and we owe thanks to him and all of the others that have given their life for us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry Wisdom
August 1, 2007
Thank you, Zachary for your sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you Melinda, David and Terry for raising a son who was willing to sacrifice for his country.

I did not know Zachery but I know that God did, which is so much more important. Knowing that Zach knew God personally gives us comfort and helps us to know where Zach is today. Knowing that he is in a place where there is no war, no pain, no struggle, no grief should be your greatest comfort.

May God bless and keep you in His hands.

Your friend,
Nelda Bennett
August 1, 2007
Our sweet Zach has come home. Our HERO! To me, Zach was COURAGEOUS rather than just brave....for bravery only calls for spontaneous action, whereas courage requires thought, heart, character, hope, faith and then action. Zach knew his passion and he answered his calling with the passion that God gave him. What better way to live life to the fullest? To glorify God, protect the unprotected and give true meaning to what freedom really is. Freedom isn't's sacrifice....and Zach and the family have sacrificed the ultimate. I mourn for him and will miss him, but I'm filled with joy that he's at his real home now. He's God's soldier and our hero! My heart reaches out so deeply for Melinda, David, Terry & Aaron, Mr. & Mrs. Fisher, Clarissa and all of the rest of the family who helped to raise him to be the man of character he had become. He had a mission and he knew it. Mission accomplished and welcome home, Corporal Endsley! HOOAH! We love and miss you!
Tammy Holmstrom
August 1, 2007
My heart aches for you as we share the pain of losing Zach and his brave, young spirit. My prayers of comfort and strength are with you. I am also so very thankful for the tender support we have received from so many people we don't even know. Thank you for recognizing this brave soul in your hearts.
Trina Hans
August 1, 2007
Although I do not know you personally, my nephew is a friend of your son's. I feel grieved at your loss but am comforted to know that he had a relationship with the Lord and one day I will meet him in person in heaven. I am praying that you will be comforted by God's Holy Spirit and will be able to be a comfort to others who also share your same grief at this time of war.
August 1, 2007
Please know that Daniel and I share your grief. Daniel has, at his young age, experienced the loss of one of his best friends. He'll carry his love of Zach with him his entire life. Their bond was especially strong because they went through ROTC in high school together and thereafter both chose the same career path. I know that Daniel will be there for you in any way you might need him.

And finally, as the mom of a son, I am heartbroken for your loss. But the heartbreak is bittersweet with the emmense feeling of pride and gratitude that Zach died doing what he wanted to do and ultimately for the protection of our entire country.
My sincerest, heartfelt sympathy,
Cathy Krus
August 1, 2007
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one and our deepest gratitude for the sacrifice both your family and he made in service to this country. May God bless each family member and friend with peace and comfort. May you feel held in
the prayers of a grateful nation.

In loving memory of our nephew
US Army Spec Philip "Cody" Ford
C Co 3rd/509th Fort Richardson Ak.
KIA Baghdad Iraq 12/10/2006

USN/AME1 (SEL) Ron Baker & family
August 1, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincerest gratitude for his service. The state of Texas mourns for the loss of another of it's sons. May God grant you peace and strength.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Aunt of a Hero
PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006
Renee Owens
August 1, 2007
As the mother of a son who is deployed, I want to send my condolences. Please know that there are many, many people who grieve with you.
Sandy Bonesteel
August 1, 2007
I miss you Zach. In another life we'll see each other again. Thanks for the friendship and the sacrifice, sorry I can't be there when they lay you to rest. I will carry my mission with you on my heart. In your honor.
SPC Quinn, Michael
July 31, 2007
Pfc. Zachary Endsley
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
July 31, 2007
Pfc. Zach Endsley and Family:

Know in your heart that you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace. You will be missed by everyone’s life you have touched.

To the family, as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family, friends, and all Americans for the sacrifice of one of your family members for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.
Carol Cline
July 31, 2007
Because of your family's sacrifice, I am able to sit here today in freedom. I pray for God to give you all continued Faith, Courage and Strength to see you through the many days ahead. God Bless.
Marsha Gonzalez
July 31, 2007
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
I know how you feel losing a "HERO",Becoming a "Gold Star" Mother myself on 25 March.. The sacrafice our sons and daughters are making on a daily basis should tell us all..These young HEROS knew full well what they were doing and did it proudly When you hug your loved ones tonight.... Remember... We also hugged ours and now they are protecting you..We.. as Americans need to make the "Ultimate Sacrafice" by supporting all our military(HEROS)...the Proud Mom of SGT. Jason W. Swiger
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne,Fort Bragg, N.C. KIA 3/25/007
July 31, 2007
July 31, 2007
We love this brave soldier and we know he is in God.s loving arms.
He will always be right in our hearts.

Papaw and Mamaw
Virginia Fisher
July 31, 2007
Sweet Zachary,
You have given us so much pride, laughter and joy from the time you hit the T-ball so pretty over 2nd base and started to run to 3rd base instead of 1st; to having us run all over town looking for a
"He-man" or a "Power Ranger" to get you for Christmas; to doing cannon-balls in the pool with Aaron, Austin and Tyler, to the time I had to come yell at you to get out of bed because you were late to work, to the time you walked in the airport and we were all standing there with signs welcoming you home from boot camp; to the time you walked in to Mamaw's house in your uniform; to today when they brought you home in your casket with the USA flag draped over it. I am so proud to be your aunt. We all have a huge hole in our hearts and we miss you like crazy! You were such a good, respectful boy and you left us way too soon! You were a great nephew to me and a great cousin to Austin and Tyler. Rest in peace sweet, sweet Zach.
I love you,
Clarissa Humphrey
July 31, 2007
Thank you soldier for the ultimate sacrifice you made for our great country. My prayers are with the family of this fallen soldier.
A Grateful American
July 31, 2007
As I am the mother of a son, I can not even imagine your heartache.
But I am so thankful for his courage and dedication to his country and to you as parents of such a brave and wonderful man. You are in my prayers. God Bless you all.
A Mom
July 31, 2007
A Multitude of Thanks, to this Brave Young Soldier, Pfc. Zachary Endsley, who gave his life for our Country and for Freedom. With so much gratitude for his Courage, and his unselfish Dedication and Service.
Rest In Peace now, Zachary, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God be with the Endsley family.

Those who Make these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"I consider that our present sufferings.
are not worth comparing with the glory
that shall be revealed in us."
~ Romans 8:18 ~

I am sincerely hoping that you can feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the days ahead, as this Grateful Country morns with you, for someone very precious to you, who is a True American Hero to all of us.
I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
July 31, 2007

July 31, 2007
As a mother of 2 soldiers. Zachary has given the ultimate sacifice for our freedom.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Thank You Zachary and GOD BLESS you are my Hero!
Barbara Nugent
July 31, 2007
If this person can stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his/her family to honor him/her. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guest book for the rest of my life, but I promised Le Ron A. Wilson (a dear friend KIA 7/6/07, 18yrs old) that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.

Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 31, 2007
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May God give you Peace in this time of sorrow. Thank You for raising such a brave son who risked his live for our country. I am sure he is getting his reward in heaven. Well done good and faithful servant.
L Batchelor
July 31, 2007
As I am the mother of a son, I can not even imagine your heartache. But I am so thankful for his courage and dedication to his country and to you as parents of such a brave and wonderful man. You are in my prayers. God Bless you all.
July 31, 2007
"All gave some, Some gave all"
Thank you for our freedom. you are in our prayers.
cynthia welch
July 31, 2007
My sincerest sympathy to you on the loss of your son; of all the difficulties of life, I believe this to be the hardest. We lost a family member in Iraq, and our hearts are heavy for your family during this sad and difficult time. May you feel God's peace and grace.
Sherilyn Jones
July 31, 2007
Dear Terry: Mike, Jeff and I are so saddened to hear of your precious son's passing. We know you are very proud of his bravery and willingness to serve our country. Our prayer is that God would comfort you and your family during this most difficult time. Know this, God will never leave you or forsake you, no matter what. There will always be things we do not understand in this life. Deuteronomy 29:29 says "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." Comfort comes from God's word. Trust in Him.
In Christ's Love,
Gay, Mike and Jeff Winters
Gay Winters
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