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Bethesda News: Let’s salute World War II vet with 96 birthday cards

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: We can be generous with what God has given us!

I want to take this opportunity to wish Tom Woodside, one of our World War II veterans a very happy birthday. 

Tom will celebrate his 96th birthday on June 28. He attends church at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church as well as continues to do his yard work. He recently purchased a new riding lawn mower. 

If you have the opportunity, please send him a card. If you do not have his address, call me and I will give it to you. I would love to see Tom receive 96 cards. 

Tom, we love you and appreciate all you have done for our country!

Congratulations and best of luck to Susan Fisher, who recently retired as librarian at Bethesda Public Library after 19 years of service. She was honored with a reception by the Friends of Bethesda Public Library Board on May 15. Family members and friends stopped by between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the library.

And welcome to Lon Maxwell, who has been hired as her replacement. Lon comes to us from the library’s main branch in Franklin. We look forward to working with him.

There are times I wish the media was present when things such as what I recently read about happened. This way we could see the greatness in our children rather than so much hate and crime. 

I read on Facebook about the following story, which gives praise to a Bethesda ball team’s pitcher. It seems as though a championship game was being played at South Williamson/Heritage Park between two teams of 11- and 12-year-olds. Bethesda had a tall, hard-throwing pitcher. The other team had a player at bat whom you could tell had not played very much and appeared to be very nervous. 

The pitcher kept asking for time out as well as taking deep breaths between pitches. He could tell the hitter was scared. He backed off from his fastballs and allowed the hitter to hit a foul, which he was applauded for. 

There were so many comments on this story that I wanted to share it with you. I only wish I had the pitcher’s name, but as one person stated, and I quote, “This is a testament of a child being raised with respect.”

Several ice cream socials have been held since my last column was published. Thanks to each of you who attended Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church and College Grove United Methodist Church. 

I have not heard as to how well they did, but money raised will be used for mission work as well as other areas of church and community needs. 

Several of you have requested that I give the dates for upcoming ice cream suppers. Get your calendar so you can mark it as you read. 

• June 15 starting at 5 p.m. at Bethesda United Methodist Church.

• June 22 starting at 4 p.m. at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

• June 29 starting at 5 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

• July 13 starting at 4 p.m. at Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

• July 20 starting at 4 p.m. at Flat Creek Community Center. 

• July 27 starting at 5 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

• Aug 10 starting at 4 p.m. at Cross Keys Baptist Church.

• Aug. 17 starting at 4 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church.

• Aug. 24, TBD at Holts Corner Baptist Church.   

Also, the county fair will be Aug. 3-10 at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.

If you see that I have made a mistake or if you have an event that needs to be publicized, please let me know.

Several churches in our area are having one-day Bible school events on June 22. Mt. Carmel and Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian churches have Bible schools scheduled for this day. Ash Hill’s will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mt Carmel’s will be from 9 a.m. until and 3 p.m.

Mrs. Emma J. Taylor, mother of Judge Tom Taylor, recently enjoyed the 70th class reunion of Hillsboro High School (Leiper’s Fork). She, along with 40 others, enjoyed fellowship and shared memories at the Shoney’s in Franklin. They also enjoyed the delicious buffet meal.

Kyle and Shayna Thompson are so appreciative of the Williamson County Fire and Rescue Department and Peytonsville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Their little 2-week-old, Georgia Lee, recently got chocked and they called for the help of these volunteers. They report, along with others who were present, that these volunteers were so prompt and professional. Word was that when baby Georgia Lee let out a cry, everyone present, as well as the volunteers, thanked God.

You are invited to join Fifty Forward of College Grove June 17 at Centennial Park. The All of Us research program will be treating guests to a picnic in the park. Lunch will be provided and there will be games and prizes. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes if you would like to walk in the park. The van will leave the center at 10:45 a.m.

Fifty Forward of College Grove will have its Thursday lunch program today. Debbie Dutton will speak about CBD oil (cannabidiol oil) and how it brings relief to a variety of symptoms. Lunch, which is $5, will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. 

Fifty Forward of College Grove will have its monthly potluck on June 19. The Golden Heirs will be performing gospel music starting at noon. The center will provide the main course, but guests are asked to bring side dishes to go along with it. This group loves gospel music and uses it as a ministry to others.

Congratulations to Chandler Petty and Chris Cole, who will be married June 28. Chandler was honored with a bridal shower at the home of Pam Coggins this past Saturday. Hostesses were Calli Coggins, Ashley Weathers and Starla Atkinson. Family members and friends enjoyed the morning as they watched her open her gifts. We wish for them the best of luck as they make their home in Memphis. Chandler is the daughter of Elizabeth Petty and the late Dan Petty as well as a niece of ours.

Congratulations to Sgt. Paul Arnold, who recently retired from the Franklin Police Department after 29 years of service. A reception was held in his honor. Thank you, Paul, for your years of service.

Congratulations are in order to Jared and Jamie Elliott on the arrival of their son. Austin Jared Elliott was born May 29, weighing in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. He is the grandson of Mark and Beverly Elliott He was welcomed home by his three sisters, who were eager to be of help. 

Jared and Jamie are graduates of Page High School, where Jared played football under head coach Jackie Bennett. 

A celebration of life service for Betty Freeman will be June 17 at Baskin Chapel in Brentwood Baptist Church. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. with the service to begin at 3. Betty worked at Freeman’s Flowers for more than 50 years and always had a smile.

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