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Bethesda News: I’m on a mission, and happy birthday, Lewis Mosley

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Thought for the week: Jesus offers you the Truth, with a capital T. How you respond to His Truth will determine the directions and the destination of your life. 

I am on a mission to help Phil Pantall locate names of World War II veterans in our area.  

A flag with 18 stars made by the late Floy Pantall hung in the sanctuary of New Hope Presbyterian Church, located on Lewisburg Pike, for over 60 years. Each star represented a veteran from our area. If you have a family member that had a star on that flag or know of someone, please call Phil at 615-969-1929.  

He has the flag but lost the names of the men. I can think of two: Tom Woodside and Charlie Paris. Phil thinks they lived in and around Harpeth, Peytonsville, Bethesda and Thompson’s Station area. Let’s see if we can help Phil. 

Happy 90th birthday is in order for one of our favorite “young” men of our area, Lewis Mosley. The beautiful home of Colleen and Randy Cook, located on Harpeth School Road, was the scene of a big birthday celebration this past Saturday. A large number of family members and friends gathered under tents to help him celebrate this wonderful milestone. A delicious meal consisting of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, banana pudding and, of course, a birthday cake was enjoyed by those in attendance.  

The microphone was passed around for those who wanted to share their memories of Lewis (he reminded me that my late mother, Vivienne Watson, was his teacher at Bethesda). Photo albums were on display for the guests to browse of pictures that were made at his 80th party. Lewis, you are a very special friend, and we want to wish you continued health and happiness. 

Congratulations are in order for Karen Paris and David Miles, who were recently married in Gulf Shores. Their beachside ceremony was attended by 46 family members and friends. Their children Casey, Ashley, Tegan, Zac, Casey and Luke Paris, Scarlet Miles Jager (Richie) and Malcolm Miles were their attendants at the ceremony. I was happy to hear that David’s mother was also in attendance. We wish them years of happiness.  

If you have children who enjoy hearing stories read to them, I hope you have been attending the story times held each Wednesday at Bethesda Public Library. The hours are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Story times are filled with sweet, cozy, times with books, games and lots of play time.  

The Bethesda Public Library will host Food and Fun at noon Tuesday, Oct. 19. You are asked to bring a dish of your favorite food to share with others. This month, they will play “Let’s Make a Deal.” Call the library if you need more details. 

It is hard to believe that October is halfway gone. Hopefully you have your calendar marked for the downtown Franklin Pumpkinfest Saturday, Oct. 30. 

Mark your calendar also on the 30th for Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of Ash Hill C.P. Church. It will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7. The church is located on Ash Hill Road. 

So many tributes have been pouring out over the last weeks for Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark, who was recently laid to rest at Historic Resthaven Cemetery. She had the longest tenure of any state justice and was currently serving on the Tennessee Supreme Court. She is survived by her sister, Kathy Clark Perry; sister-in-law, Lulu Laton Clark; five nephews; 13 great-nieces and nephews; as well as hundreds of family members and friends. Our deepest sympathy is extended to each of you. 

It’s back! The Bethesda Elementary Backyard BBQ is back after COVID-19 took over and canceled last year’s event. It will be Friday, Oct. 22, at the Charlie Bennett baseball fields, which are located on the hill behind Bethesda Elementary. The hours will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 each and will not exceed $40 if you have several children. They will have numerous activities, such as laser tag, inflatables, a petting zoo, soda toss, cake walk, face painting, pony rides, live entertainment and food trucks. There will also be an auction with crafts made by the students.  

This is a community event, and the public is invited. If you would like more details, call Melissa Daniel at 615-477-2807. Be sure and mark your calendar, as this will be over by the time my next column is published. 

Members of Franklin Road Baptist Church are inviting the public to their free Fall Festival this Saturday from 4-7 p.m. You can enjoy a hayride, bonfire, face painting, snow cones, inflatables, a petting zoo, smash a car as well as a meal. They will also have lots of different games booths. 

Friends of the Williamson County Public Library are asking for used book donations to support the library. If you have a small donation of books, leave them on the cart near the circulation desk. If you have boxes of books, take them to the loading dock between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They are especially in need of children’s books. You can also donate CDs, DVDs and puzzles. If you need more info, call 615-595-1250, ext. 1182. 

So many of our family and friends continue to be in need of our prayers. Katrean Porter, Penny Barnes, Roger and Annette Cathy, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Dan Ford, Stevie Sullivan Bullington, J.T. and Betty Langley, Ronnie McCluskey, “Punkin” Porter, Teresa Locke, Elaine Bradley Thompson, David and Delores Gilreath, “Ma” Jessie Bennett, Doris Hickman, Brenda and Jimmy Thompson, Alli Bobo, Coco Franks, Carolyn and Bobby McArthur, Dee Lynch, Brad Sanders, Gerald McGee, Barbara Hood, Louis Bordenave, Mary Jean Wiley, Jessie Crawford, Nellie Stephens, Dorris Logue, Lincoln Benefield, Ward Jones, Amy Johnson, Mattie and Herbert Marlin, Dot and Allen Marlin, Pat Marlin, as well as others. 

I am happy to report that my niece, Darlene Heath, was able to have the trach removed recently. She was hoping to be moved this week to Encompass in Franklin. Thanks to each of you for your prayers.  She is truly one of God’s miracles. 

2Country4Nashville will be singing tonight at Poncho’s in Spring Hill from 6-9 p.m. They have just returned from touring New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. They will be at Poncho’s on Thursdays for the rest of October. 

So many of our friends have recently passed away. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of James Bardsley Jr., who passed away after a motorcycle wreck. Also, to the families of Bob Warnica; Joyce Pratt McGee Liggett, whose service was this past Sunday; Alaina “Lainey” Davis; Howard Smithson; “Dutch” Sheldon; Ludie Tomlin; John and Dianna Wood, who passed from COVID19; Jack Newman; Barbara Dycus Williams; Rosalie M. Moreno; Wade Quinn; Charles Mealer; Joel Darren Barker; Mike Peay; Stephanie Georgia Wilson Clark; Reba Hood; Ned Wendell White; Larry Nall; Jimmy Hawkins; as well as others whom we are not aware of.

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