Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Today and every day, remember that every step of your life’s journey is a choice, and the overall quality of your decisions will help determine the overall quality of the journey.


It always makes me feel so good when I hear of friends and neighbors who get together to plan benefits to help someone with their financial burdens. 

That is just what took place recently for Austin Reed, a young man who was seriously injured in a dirt bike accident. 

Friends and family barbecued and grilled chickens and raised over $2,500. They also had friends on the Tennessee River who were taking orders for them. 

If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can mail it to Jeff Reed, 4691 Reed Road, Thompson’s Station, 37179. 

Austin is the son of Ricky Reed and his mother is Rhonda. Please continue to pray for him as he has a long road ahead of him.

As you are reading this, I will have undergone rotator cuff surgery. My outpatient surgery was scheduled for Wednesday. 

 I recently passed 36 years as a survivor of cancer. I thank God daily for seeing me through this time and I pray that I am still thanking him for seeing me through the shoulder surgery. Please keep me in your prayers. (Our daughter, LeAnne, will write my column, with my help, so please continue to send me your events, etc.)

I also turned 84 this week, so what better present could I get than relief from pain?

Congratulations to Williamson Medical Center, which was recently honored for medical excellence. Of course, we already knew that. We appreciate the staff so much.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of David Crutcher, who died after being seriously injured in a farm accident. 

Funeral services were this past week at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with burial in the gardens at Williamson Memorial.

This will be the 15th year for the annual fish fry at Walker Memorial Baptist Church. The only exception is that this year, it will be drive-thru only. 

It will be 3-6 p.m. Sept. 26. Plates are $10 each and you get catfish filets with homemade hushpuppies, white beans, coleslaw and dessert. You must purchase your tickets by Sept. 25. Also, they will have delivery available through 

For more information, call (615) 794-7000 or go online to

Are you in need of a groomer for your dog or cat? 

We were so elated when we learned of Tennessee Whiskers Grooming, owned and operated by Amanda Gill of Bethesda. She has her own mobile grooming vehicle and has more than 10 years of experience. 

She did a fantastic job with our dog, Fluffy, and that says a lot right there. You can call her at (615) 457-7614.

Have you been on Bethesda Road lately and seen the construction that is going on at the Bond Place? 

The subdivision will be The Mill at Bond Springs. I am glad to see that they used the Bond name for this neighborhood. The first of 85 homes is being built now with others in the process. They also are cutting the roads into different parts of the farm. 

Why not plan a sightseeing tour out our way and see how Bethesda is growing. When you do so, plan to stop at Bethesda Market, where you can get a meat-and-three for less than $10. Of course, if you visit on Fridays, you can enjoy catfish, with hushpuppies, coleslaw, white beans, etc.

So many of our family and friends have been sick or had surgery. Please add our son-in-law, Jo-el Ulmer, to your prayer chain. He had surgery on Tuesday morning of last week. He is at our home recovering. 

Also continue to pray for Doris Pedrick, Melba Lindsey, Mattie, Herbert, Steve Marlin, Dot and Allen Marlin, Joel Pedrick, Delores and David Gilreath, Kim Ham, Gerald McGee, Shirley Whitaker, May Johnson, Billy and Katie Giles, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Otis and Marie Bentley, Janice McGee, Sandra Reed, Jane Harmon, Lynn Paris, Ellen Bogle, Larry Westbrook Sr., Howard Yancy, Mary Lynn Milsaps, Nellie Jo Stephens, Pat Marlin, Dee Lynch, Tina Kestner, Ann Reed, Henrietta Whidby, Terry Marlin and his mother, Betty Marlin, Anita Gillespie, Dorris Logue, Roger Cathey, Carolyn Turner and Ruby Perry, mother of DeWayne Perry.

To those of you who have lost family members and friends, our deepest sympathy is extended. Those I have been made aware of are Charlie Reed, Jamie Ford, Kathy Spears, Jake Preston (brother of Shelia Fitzgerald), David Crutcher, Mike Padgett, Denise Foster, Robert Burns, Willard Taylor, Joe Hallum, Alma Shepherd, Scott Russell, Florence Anderson, Elva Beard, Charles Cathey, Florence Pitts, Jeff Sims, Ester Bennett Rainey, Corinne Haley Janette, Mark Deason, Dee Drolsum, Virginia Sullivan, Homer Hill, Debbie Howard Lee, Shirley Ward, Jay Frantz, Mike Mealer and James “Little Jim” Bradley Jr.

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