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Bethesda News: Quote from Emerson remains as relevant as ever

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: If your faith is strong enough, you and God — working together — can move mountains. No challenge is too big for God.

With so much happening in our country, it makes me sad and depressed, but I am proud to say I live in Williamson County. 

We have some of the greatest front-line heroes. I would love to be able to categorize each group, but space will not permit, so please know that each of you is appreciated. 

I was thinking about life, in general, and ran across the following from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well.” 

I want to apologize to several area graduates whose names I omitted as well as some whom I have only recently learned about. Congratulations are in order to Carly Scott, daughter of Dot and Kenny Scott, Noah Smithson, son of Melissa and Brad Smithson and grandson of Freida Poteete Joslin, Camilla Kalthoff, granddaughter of Tim and Pam Stephens Kalthoff, Carson Powell, son of Angie and Steve Powell and Olivia Garrett, daughter of Stephanie Campbell Glinstra and Gary Garrett and granddaughter of Brenda and William Campbell. 

We wish the best to each of them. (If you have a daughter/son who has graduated this school year, please contact me and I will be happy to salute them.)

Congratulations are in order for Marlee Stephens and Austin Donoho, who were recently married. Their vows were exchanged in front of family and friends on the beautiful grounds of Battle Mountain with Jim Taylor as pastor. Marlee is the daughter of Gary and Pam Stephens. Austin is the son of Rhonda and Glenn Gatlin and the late Ray Donoho. We wish for them years of happiness. 

We are always excited when we learn of the birth of a new little one. Congratulations to Tiffany and Roy Brantley on the arrival of their daughter. She has been named Violet Madeline and at birth, she weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. I understand that big sister RoRo was excited to get her home. (From pictures on Facebook, she is already helping.)

Flat Creek will not be having its summer ice cream supper and auction, which was scheduled for July 18. They may plan something for later in the year, but I will let you know as soon as I am made aware.

We were so sorry to learn of the passing of a very good car club friend, Gerry Schmidt. Visitation is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, with the service to follow. Interment will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

If you have an old car, you are asked to drive it and be a part of the “circling of the gardens” in memory of Gerry. To Donna, as well as his children and grandchildren and other family members, we extend our deepest sympathy.

Have you seen Gayle and Mark Cothran lately? They are so excited to have added another granddaughter to their family. 

Congratulations are in order for Chelsey and Dean Richards on the arrival of their daughter. Leighton Dean Richards was born this past week weighing in at 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 20½ inches long. Big sister Haven is as excited as the grandparents. Best of luck to each of you!

Congratulations to my great niece Amanda Wheatley Potts, who was named assistant principal at Freedom Intermediate School this past week. We are so excited for her and know she will do an excellent job. (She is the daughter of my niece Lisa Hancock.)

We would also like to congratulate Wally Whidby, who was recently named head coach of Franklin High School’s baseball team. (His wife, Karen, is head coach of the FHS softball team.) Best of luck to each of them.

Happy birthday to my very dear friend June Caldwell. She will celebrate on June 22, which will be before my next column. Mark your calendar so you can help her celebrate on that day.

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers. We hope each of you have a great day on June 21, especially those of you who are celebrating for the first time.

So many of our friends and loved ones remain on our sick list. Please continue to pray for Joel Pedrick, David and Delores Gilreath, Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Judy and Ronnie Pitt, Pat Marlin, Eva Edmondson, Todd Ruth Charles Giles, Jimmy Curtis, Dugan and Linda Reed, Teresa Locke, Charlie Reed, Dee Lynch, Tom Woodside, Donnie Cameron, Brandy Travis, Nellie Stephens, Billy and Katie Giles, Dotie Hazelwood, Howard Yancy, Harold Wheeley, Terry Marlin, Betty Marlin, Ellen Bogle, Larry Westbrook Sr. and Judy Clifton.

To those of you who have lost loved ones these past weeks, we extend our deepest sympathy. Continue to pray for the families of Ted Waddey, David Sharpton, Betty Bancroft, Grady Tidwell, Andrea Zongor, Cristin Lee Childress, Mary Ellen Stevens, Gary “Bam” Dixon (brother of Bobby Dixon), Patricia Jane Rivers, Morris Blaine Radford, Martha Ann Denton, John Farmer, Cara Rowe McMurtry, Fred Hall, Richard Thorman, Kelly Gilmartin, Ann Herbert Floyd, Wilma Smith, Joy Barnhill Fry, Michael Gillespie, Charlie Holt and Leslie Bilbrey.

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