Of all the materials recovered from the debris of last week's deadly tornado near Rock Hill, the Rev. Rick Martin found one item particularly poignant.
It was the Bible belonging to Charles Kenneth Hafner, 60, who was killed during the tornado with his wife, Barbara Hafner, 62. Their dog, Rocky, also died in the storm.
"He (Ken) believed people needed Jesus," Martin said Monday.
On Monday, people crowded into two rooms at Eastview Baptist Church on Gordon Road for the Hafners' funeral service. The Hafners had been married since 1995 and had attended the church since 2006.
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During that time, their strong faith spoke volumes to everyone they met.
Barbara Hafner had two sons, Joe and Jeff Moore, and a daughter, Patty Cox, while Ken Hafner had two sons, Stewart and Jimmy Neff and two daughters, April Bennett and Tiffany Hafner. Combined, they had 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
"All of that love pales in comparison for the love they exhibited for you, Lord," Martin said during the funeral. "We are poorer for our loss, but they are infinitely richer for they laid up their treasures not here on earth, but in heaven."
Though Martin said he couldn't say why this had happened to the Hafners, he told the congregation they should be thankful God took two people who knew him or it would be "a far sadder funeral."
In Ken Hafner's Bible, found after the tornado, he had torn out "The Steps of Faith" from a Sunday school book. The word "FAITH" is an acronym for its steps: forgiveness, available, impossible, turn and heaven.
Ken Hafner kept this so that he would be able to help anyone wanting to let Jesus Christ into his or her heart, Martin said.
"The Bible is very clear: You need to be ready," he said. "Know the same Jesus Christ that Ken and Barbara did. ...That will be the testimony."
The Hafners' testimony can be found in the people who were touched by their kindness. They ran a home-cleaning business, and one of their clients wrote a letter to Martin.
The client said they had always trusted the Hafners in their home and called them "truly kind people."
"I wish the world had more of them," the client wrote.
Ken Hafner helped out at the church, operating sound equipment and anything else he could do.
"When he saw a need, he met it," Martin said.
"He was always looking around to serve."
Barbara Hafner would bring in treats for church dinners. After Martin told her he and another pastor were diabetic, she made sure to bring in a sugar-free treat for them.
Want to help?
The tornado was so powerful that personal items from destroyed homes have been found throughout York County and as far away as Mecklenburg County. To return items to owners, visit Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, 1705 S.C. 324, or call 803-328-0779.
Memorials can be made in the Hafners' names to Eastview Baptist Church Building Fund at 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill, SC, 29732.
The Upper Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross will continue to collect donations for its disaster relief fund. Visit 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill, or call 803-329-6575.
Gift cards and monetary donations are being accepted at Oakdale Baptist Church, 1249 Oakdale Road, Rock Hill. For information, call 803-327-7972.
Donations can be made in Oran Stephan Courtney's name to Shriners Hospital at 950 W. Faris St., Greenville, SC, 29605 or to Northside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1140 Curtis St., Rock Hill, SC, 29730.