By Kevin Wood/NEMS Daily Journal
Reverend Bobby Cossey has a pastor’s heart. It’s in his DNA spiritually to be concerned about the needs of others. For the better part of the last 40 years, he has devoted his life to comforting and encouraging people who were hurting. He has pastored a half dozen churches all over Mississippi. Today, he walks the halls of Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany and Booneville as a chaplain, giving spiritual guidance to patients. He prays with those who are worried and provides hope. He cries with those who are suffering and shows mercy. But everything that he does as a pastor flows out of a life that is all too familiar with suffering.
Bobby Cossey knows what it means to be broken. He knows what it feels like to be scared. In 1969, he was the team leader for a minesweeping unit when he lost four men on a roadway in Vietnam. He has a Purple Heart and a Navy Commendation Medal, but neither of those can ease the pain. Then, just six months ago in December 2011, he lost his daughter Amanda Cossey Price in a senseless murder that happened just down the street from his New Albany home. There is no medal in the world that can heal that wound.
In the pit of both of those moments, Bobby Cossey experienced what every person experiences at some point in their lives. The man who was so accustomed to providing comfort, now needed to be comforted. The man who was quick to hold onto someone hurting, was now the one who needed to be held onto. Bobby Cossey’s story is one that will help you understand the kind of man he became. For he is a pastor who leads like a soldier and loves like a father.