Thought for the week: There are many broken things around us, God. We don’t know where to begin; will you show us where to start?

Bethesda News: Sending up prayers for so many who are in mourning

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

When I read the thought for the week, all I could think of was how many loved ones and friends have gone on to be with our lord. Never have I felt so close to a little one as Ellie G. I always wanted to take her in my arms and hold her but knew she did not need that from a total stranger.

Even though I was not able to hold her, she held me through that beautiful smile that she had. I am sure that every person who was ever around her or saw her pictures would agree with me. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her parents, Brandon and Samantha Castro, as well as to all family members, especially her grandmother and my friend Brandy Blanton. You can rest assured that God has a special angel with him watching over each of you as well as us.

Heaven is surely broadcasting the arrival of Charles Dibrell to his dear friend and co-worker Jim Hayes. Can you imagine what they immediately started talking about when they saw each other? 

What a shock it was to learn of the sudden death of Charles this past Friday. He called me numerous times to hear from Judy Hayes after the passing of her brother, Jack Grigsby. He wanted to make sure she was going to be all right. There are really no words that I can say that expresses my deepest sympathy to Cathy, their son, Clay, as well as other family members. To his “radio family,” WAKM, my sympathy is extended to each of you. You have recently lost two of your family members and my heart is broken with yours.

How can I even say “hats off” to the Williamson County Sheriff’s 911 Department of officers as well as the Williamson County EMT ladies and gentlemen? 

I recently experienced, firsthand, their knowledge, their compassion, their willingness to remain available, when they responded to the emergency call for my dear friend Harry Thompson. His wife, Elaine, wanted me to make sure that they knew how much she appreciated each of them. 

We in Williamson County are so blessed to have men and women in this field who go beyond their duties to make sure everyone is OK. Harry died this past Saturday morning at his home. He is survived by Elaine Bradley (Sissie) Thompson, three sons, Brad (Heather), Tad (Amanda), and Chad (Allison Wiley), grandchildren Brandy Thompson Corley, Cale, Cody, Alex and K.K. Thompson, great-grandsons Landon and Johnathan Corley, sister Faye (William Henry) Harper and brother in law Bobby (Lydia) Bradley. To each of these, we extend our deepest sympathy!

Once again, a tragic accident has caused the death of one of our fine young men. Brandon Hazelwood, son of Lonnie and Judy Hazelwood, died from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident. 

Along with his dad, he was co-owner of Hazelwood Body Shop. He was also a former motocross racer as well as an avid sports enthusiast. He is survived by his parents, son Seth Hazelwood, brother Dale (Shannon) Hazelwood and his grandmother, Mattie Sue Hazelwood, as well as numerous other relatives. To each of these family members, we offer our deepest sympathy.

Thanks to each of you who helped to make the fish fry at Jones Chapel and the barbecue at Bethesda Masonic Lodge a big success. They are already making plans for next year.

Do you have your calendar marked for Saturday? This is the day of the 14th annual catfish fry at Walker Memorial Baptist Church. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. and continue until 8. You can enjoy fish, white beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, drinks and desserts for $10. Children can have hot dogs or fish, whichever they prefer, for only $5. 

They will have a cake auction as well as a sale of baked goods. The church is on West Main Street. If you have questions, call me at 615-790-1833.

I am looking forward to this afternoon, as Russell will be arriving home after having been gone for 12 days and nights. He and our son, Greg, along with 33 members of First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, N.C., are returning home after having been in the Holy Land. They flew out of Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 14 and returned there on Wednesday. (He missed the birth of our great-granddaughter as well as the funerals of his sister, Martha Jo Petty, and friends Harry Thompson and Charles Dibrell.) 

We knew she was not well, but her family insisted he go on the trip as this had been planned for a year. At the funeral, his niece said, “Uncle Russell is walking where Jesus walked and mother is walking with Jesus.” So comforting. 

I am eager to hear about the trip and all of the places they visited. From the pictures that we saw, I know he had a great trip. (He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, so I asked them to have a prayer for Elaine and her family as well as Joel Pedrick, who entered Vanderbilt this past Monday.)

Do you enjoy good bluegrass music? The Williamson County Bluegrass Band will play on Saturday at Flat Creek Community Center. They will gather under the pavilion at 6 p.m. and continue until 8:30.

You can purchase hot dogs, chili and cold drinks as well as homemade desserts, but the event is free. Call your family and friends to join you for this event.

Annual Country Ham Breakfast at Cowles Chapel U.M.Church on Saturday, October 5th. They will begin serving at at 6a.m. and continue until 9a.m. You can enjoy country ham, bacon, sausages, eggs, breakfast casseroles, fruit, and homemade biscuits with red-eye gravy all for only $10.00. Of course you will have your choice of fresh coffee, milk and juice.

So many of our family and friends continue to need our prayers as they recover from surgery, sickness, falls, etc. Please continue to pray for Billy and Katie Giles, William and Pat Marlin, Judy and Ronnie Pitt, Joel Pedrick, Doris Pedrick, who will have back surgery on Oct. 1, Connie Marlin, Eugene Bagsby, May Johnson, Tandy Bruce, Pam Hickman, Cleo Cowan, Howard Yancy, Larry Westbrook Sr., Annie Lee Farrar, Nellie Stephens, Teresa Locke, Dee Lynch, Bernice Smithson and Leon Johnson, as well as others who need our prayers.

Our deepest sympathy continues to be with the families whom I have written about as well as Billie Sue Barker, Phil Landers, Rochelle McDonald, Mark Kellner, Jimmy Beard, David Gatlin, brother of Howard Gatlin, Milton Marlin, Bobbie Jean Nolen, Ann Kegaris, Louis Close, Molly Pace and John Cothern, as well as others.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your kind expression of sympathy upon the recent death of Russell’s sister. May God continue to bless each of you.


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