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Prayers have two-fold meaning

By GAYLE WEBER

gweber@dailynews.net

To say Dwayne Spady missed Thursday's National Day of Prayer gathering in Hays might be misleading because those gathered were sure Spady was hearing their prayers from a different place this year. The longtime downtown Hays business owner died early Thursday.

Spady, 65, was scheduled to offer a prayer for businesses at the noon event Thursday. He had been the owner of Dwayne's Designs, a downtown floral shop, since 1994. And he was a faithful man, participating in National Day of Prayer and Festival of Faith gatherings that encouraged ecumenical worship.

"I can't remember a time when he didn't participate in this," Celebration Community Church Pastor Kyle Ermoian said during the event.

"As we pray for businesses today," said Normadine Noone, stepping in to fill Spady's shoes, "I would encourage you to remember him."

Noone opened the Good Book Store in downtown Hays in 1991, just a few years before Spady opened his business.

"We kind of encouraged each other along as we built our businesses, and the one common ground we had was that we both loved the Lord," said Noone, who sold her business in 2008.

Noone said the integrity with which he ran his business was the key to his continued success.

"In his life and in his business, as he came face to face with you (Lord)," Noone said in a prayer, "there is no doubt you said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' "

While the approximately 50 people gathered, including many clergy, at the Ellis County Courthouse celebrated Spady's life, they also prayed for government, church, military, family, education, media and business.

"Sometimes this grounds us, reminds us who we are because people come and go, ideas come and go, the Gospel continues, prayer continues," said Pastor Steve Dinkel, Liberty Christian Fellowship. "That's some of those timeless things we celebrated today."