Joyce Smith, Columnist

Thought for the week —In our changing world we can ALWAYS depend on our unchanging God!

 As I sit down to write my column, I realize you will be reading this on Thanksgiving Day. My thoughts “flash” back over the year and realize we have SO much to be thankful for, but at the same time I realize that we also DO NOT understand the things that have happened in our lives, as well as the lives of our friends and families. Tragedy has struck in the homes of so many friends, as well as deaths and sicknesses, and the terrible fires in California have occurred. Through ALL of this I pray that you can “look back” and recall ALL the memories you have of your loved ones and are able to “THANK” God for His love. I have SO much to be thankful for, starting with each of you who continue to read and comment on this column. Without you I could not do this as you have helped me over the years of writing. May God continue to bless each of you and may you have a “Happy Thanksgiving.”

This past week has been a sad week for so many people in so many ways. So many families have lost loved ones. I want to say “Thank You” to the men and women of Middle Tennessee Electric who took their time to journey to Murfreesboro for the visitation and services of my first cousin Harold Frost. It did my heart so much good when these co-workers were in uniform, as they showed their respect to a GREAT co-worker. He was a 1950 graduate of Franklin High School and worked for MTEMC for years where he was honored on his retirement. Funeral services were at Woodfin Funeral Home with burial in the Burns Cemetery. 

What a void has been left in our state government with the passing of Charles Sargent Jr. He did so much for our city/county over his years of service. To his family we say “Thank You” for sharing him over these years. Our deepest sympathy is extended to each of his family members as well as ALL of his colleagues.

We, in the Bethesda Community, lost two of our community friends. Ruby Jean Maxwell passed away after battling cancer. She was loved by all who knew her. She worked with our Williamson County Schools as an aide on the Special Needs Bus. To each of her family members our deepest sympathy is extended. Also, Paul Williams Sr. passed away after having been in the nursing home for several months. To his family our sympathy is extended as well as to the family of Lee Andrew Garner. I understand that Lee was an Organ Donor and was able to save the lives of four people. (Some things turn a tragedy into a blessing.) May God be with EACH of these families. 

Have you noticed the new business in the” little mall “at Henpeck and Lewisburg Pike.? I am referring to the Quilting Squares of Franklin Quilt Shop. Congratulations to Ann (Tim) Hill who is the new owner of this business. (It was located on Columbia Avenue.) She has acquired the two buildings that once housed Secret Bliss as well as the Carpet Cleaning Business. I “dropped in” to see her the other day and was so impressed as to how fast she, as well as her family, were able to get it ALL ready for opening to the public. She is ready for you if you have a desire to quilt, etc. as well as offering Beginner and Advanced classes.  “Welcome” to our area, Ann and your staff. Her hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday night, Nov. 30, you are invited to see the lighting of the luminaries at the grounds of the Battle of Franklin. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. This is a free event for the public and will be held at Carnton. Carnton and the Carter House will be open to the public for FREE walk-throughs from 5-7 p.m. This is also the date for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the square in downtown Franklin. Special music will be provided during this time for you to enjoy! The lighting will take place at 7 p.m.

Don’t forget about the Christmas Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club on Saturday, Dec. 1. It will begin at 2 p.m. on Highway 96 West and going through downtown Franklin! Santa Claus will be available to end the parade.

You are all invited to the annual Candlelight Service that will be held at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens. They will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with Justin Jeffers, President of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, as the guest speaker, sharing words of comfort.  Special music will be provided. A VERY moving candlelight service will take place honoring those who have passed away this year. Refreshments will follow the service. (Spring Hill Funeral Home will have theirs on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 1, you are invited to attend the Craft Fair at Spring Station School. It will begin at 9 a.m. with numerous vendors selling their crafts and homemade baked goods.

We still have so many friends and family members who are in need of our prayers due to sickness, surgeries, etc. Please add Henrietta Whidby, as she has been in the hospital all week with pneumonia and e-coli. Hopefully she is able to be at home soon. Also, Joe King, Jackie Marlin, Pam Evans, Daisy Whidby, infant daughter of Wally and Karen Whidby, Doug Harmon, Martha Jo Petty, Susie Bennett, Austin Cox, Homer Hill, Emi Lewis, Ellen Bogle, Sue Wiley, Joel Pedrick, Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Connie Marlin,  Allen Brown Marlin, Nancy Neal Lane, Mike Smith, Dee Lynch, Steve Marlin, Annie Lee Farrar, Billy Giles, Jessie Wray, Austin Cole, Cleo Cowan, Keith Padgett, Richard Verbosky, infant Daisy Whidby,Nellie Jo Stephens, as well as others whom we are not aware of.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families who have lost loved ones over the past several weeks. Those whom we are aware of are Charles Sargent Jr., Ruby Jean Maxwell, Paul Williams Sr., Lee Garner, Dan Whitt, “Buz” Parker, Elizabeth Wood, Jeff Jones, Nina Johnson, Mary Evelyn Cornelison (mother of Jimmy “Mississippi” Cornelison), Mark Bilbrey, Angie Walker, Harold Frost, Sophia Whidby, infant daughter of Wally and Karen Whidby, Morris Anderson, Kennett Barrett, Jr., Mitchell Dave Pewitt,  J.W.Neal, Sissy Woodside Lee, as well as others.

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