On Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Plano, Texas the 86-year-old Zig Ziglar went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ziglar, known by the masses as the author of more than 30 books, which included Confessions of a Grieving Christian and Embrace the Struggle, was a devout Christian man who some may not realize "did what he did because of his faith," according to Rev. Jack Graham, the pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where Ziglar was a faithful church attender and worker.
Surprisingly to some, and despite his wealth and fame, Rev. Graham says that it didn't matter where in the world Zig went to give a motivational speech throughout the week as "he was always back here on the weekend to teach his Bible class."
Not surprisingly, Ziglar's Sunday school class was dubbed "the Encourager Class."
Could it have been called anything but?
Zig's personal assistant, Laurie Magers, said what many wondered about the man who could command a room full of people: he was the same off the stage as he was on it.
The man who would teach the world how to stay positive and move ahead in life despite hardships and oppositions was himself forced into poverty at the age of five, when his father suddenly died.
Before all that, however, the Prestonwood Baptist Church Sunday school teacher enjoyed the blessings of two parents, born into a family of 12 children in Coffee County, Ala. in 1926. The family moved to rural Mississippi after that, so his father could take a farm management position according to the Dallas News.
After his father's death, Zig Ziglar's mother moved him and his siblings with her to Yazoo City, Miss., where he sold peanuts and had a newspaper route, trying to help make ends meet during the Great Depression. And before entering the fifth grade, the future salesman of the world was working a salaried job in a grocery store.
With a short stint in the Navy under his belt during World War II, the sailor entered the University of South Carolina and at the age of 17, while still in college, he met Jean Abernathy at a YMCA event. She would later become his wife and bear him four children, three daughters --Cindy, Julie and Susan, who died before her father and provided the motivation for his book Confessions of a Grieving Christian -- and one son, Tom Ziglar, ZiglarInc's Chief Executive Officer.
Ziglar is survived by Jean, Cindy, Julie and Tom. And an 11 a.m. Memorial Service for the esteemed speaker will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at his church Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, Tx.
He will be buried in McKinney.
And he's still telling people that he will "see you at the top."
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