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Bethesda News: It’s not too late to reach out and thank a veteran

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Joyce Smith, Columnist

Thought for the week: Our country may face hard times, with this we all agree, but we will survive, ride out the storm, and good times once more see. Some may condemn and criticize, and that’s their right to do, but in the end, we always find they are among the few.

I hope you took time on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to thank a veteran or two, whether they are family members or friends. 

We really appreciate them and all they have done for our country. 

I also hope that you saw the Herald’s wonderful tribute to veterans in last week’s paper.

Let’s not forget that we are all Americans. It does not matter what color we are, what religion we believe or what our political choice is, we need to continue to help others and thank God daily for all he has done for each of us. 

God bless America!

If you have read our local paper or listened to WAKM-AM 950, you are very likely aware of the congratulations offered to Ralph Drury for his 12 years of service on the Williamson Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. 

What you may not know is that we in Bethesda have claimed him and his family for 14 years. The Drurys lived in what we refer to as the Old Dr. Core’s home on Bethesda-Duplex Road. 

We are so proud of all he, as well as his family, have done for Franklin and Williamson County, but we like to brag about him being from our area. 

Thanks, Ralph. We appreciate you!

You are invited to Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Nov. 22 for its annual community Thanksgiving service. 

Mark Elliott, pastor of the church, will deliver the message, with other pastors and lay leaders of the community assisting him. Shane and Krystal Cothran will provide the special music, with Cornelia Benefield playing the piano. 

You are asked to wear a face mask. Services will begin at 6 p.m. There will be no food provided after this service.

I was so excited when I heard that Micah McClendon has been moved to Atlanta for therapy. He is at Shepherd Center. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Someone sent me a picture of him with the most beautiful smile you imagine. I understand he was very excited to be going. 

Micah, just know we love you and are praying strong for you. 

For those of you who may not know or remember, he was the young man who was seriously injured while playing football at Forrest High School in Chapel Hill.

If you are looking for something to do tonight, come on over to Poncho’s in Spring Hill as 2Country4Nashville will be performing from 6 to 9.

Since my last column, we have lost so many friends to COVID-19 as well as heart attacks, cancer, etc. I have a list and I hope and pray that I do not leave anyone out because each of them was a big part of our community as well as our county.

Harvey Isom died after a brief encounter with the virus. I remember him in so many ways, but mostly as our rural mail carrier on Byrd Lane. He always made sure your mail was delivered on time, and if you had a package, he made sure to deliver it to your front porch. 

To his wife, Harriette Jane, as well as son, Brent (Jamie), and other family members, our deepest sympathy is extended. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy (Tim) Ham.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of May Johnson, who was a pillar in Bethesda United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for years. She retired from CPS Industries. She was also known as an expert seamstress, having made clothes for family and friends as well as for country music entertainers. 

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joe, daughter, Linda Johnson Brown, son, Larry (Belinda) Johnson, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Debra Ford Johnson.

It was hard for me to realize when I received word of the death of Sheila Cather. She was a former room mother of mine as I taught her daughters, Kristen and Kim, at Johnson Elementary.

Also, if you visited Stove Works, at The Factory at Franklin, she served as hostess for years. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her husband, Dale, daughters, grandchildren and other family members and friends.

Services for Jimmie Dee Bennett Jr. are set for 2 p.m. today at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ruth Bennett, son, Jimmie Dee Bennett III (Marsha), numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren, sister, Marie (Otis) Bentley and other family members. 

He served our county for 28 years as register of deeds. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

Services for Doris (Putt) Smithson, who died this past Monday after a brief illness, are set for noon today. 

Putt always barbecued a goat for our family reunions each year when my brother, C.W., was living. To Margaret Ann, his wife, as well as each of his family members, our deepest sympathy is extended. 

He is survived by not only his wife, but also daughters Susan, Darnelle, Lisa and Allison, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Judith Cathey Clifton. She died from the virus. She is survived by her husband, Donald, son and daughter, brother, Roger Cathey, and other family members and friends.

We were sorry to learn of the death of Raymond Reed, who died from the virus. I understand that his mother, Beulah Reed, is in the hospital with this virus. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family.

Our deepest sympathy is also extended to the family of DeWayne “Bubba” Bennett. I understand that he died of a sudden heart attack. 

So many of our friends have been sick with COVID-19. Those of whom I am aware of are Toby and Blake Perez, Marvin Marlin, Wally Whidby, Freida Joslin, Shorty Marlin and Gary Fewell. 

Also, please continue to pray for those who are taking treatments, facing surgery, etc., including Connie Marlin, Joel Pedrick, Elise Banner, Lincoln Benefield, Lynn Paris, Joel Pedrick, David and Delores Gilreath, Dee Lynch, Brad Skinner, Alex Herd, Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Anita Gillespie, Ellen Bogle, Ronnie McClusky, Jesse and Bertha Crawford, Joe Biddle, Herb Jones and Doris Pedrick, as well as others whom I am not aware of.

Continue to remember the families of those who have died in the past weeks. Of course, the ones whom I have mentioned as well as Paula Pulliam, Patricia McGee Lampley, Jenny Yearwood, Tracy Savage, Danny Hunley, father of Lisa Beathard, Dennis Farner, Jason Lundy, Maxine Daugherty, Terry Canada, owner of Canada Radiator Shop, as well as Alex Trebek, whom I am sure most you have watched for years on “Jeopardy.” 

I understand he had taped his shows for the end of the year just two weeks before his death. 

We were so shocked and deeply saddened when we learned of the sudden death of Jody Bowman. Do not know any details. Will have a tribute to him in my next column.

Please continue to send me your items of interest as well as those whom you would like on our prayer chain.

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